Reading this post could save a life, maybe yours

Today’s post is written by my friend, Geri.

Geri and her husband Chuck are my good friends and active blogorinos.  I met them when camping in 2011 at Elephant Butte State Park in New Mexico.  Our last get-together, prior to their move to the panhandle of Florida, was in Bluff, Utah.  Geri and Chuck have a canine crew consisting of Radar and Tater.

As you read Geri’s emails you will come to understand the importance of her message and why I share it with you.

Photos for this post were taken at our house in southern Arizona where the crew and I are enjoying the yard and flowers with my sister Nancy and her Westie, Margaret.  We will return to the road this fall.

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Sunday, September 9

Okay, here are the emails from Geri:

Hi Sue!

I am in the hospital!😢

I was cleaning out my hummingbird feeders on Wednesday when all of a sudden my jaw hurt, BAD! I left the feeders and went inside.

Early the next morning around 2 or 3 AM the pain in my jaw came back! It spread to my shoulders, knees and feet, finally to my chest.

But within an hour it subsided.

I went back to sleep.

Next day the pain in my jaw started again.  

The pain immediately went to my chest.  Before I could respond, I was blacking out.

Chuck got me up and conscious, took me to ER 30 miles west. Within about 30 minutes they confirmed I had just had a heart attack!

They put me in an ambulance and brought me to Bay Medical Hospital in Panama City.

This was Thursday.

I spent Friday in ICU. Yesterday they moved me to a regular room. .


It did NOT feel like I expected a heart attack to feel like.  I could not believe the doc just told me that!

He said I had TEXTBOOK SYMPTOMS for a woman having a heart attack!

That’s why I went into such detail telling you.

I don’t think many women REALLY know what the symptoms are for a lady having a heart attack!  I wanted you and Nancy to at least know.

Also, because so many women of age read your blog, maybe you could work it in so they would know.

Aching jaw, a VERY PAINFUL aching jaw, just might mean a heart attack.

I am more surprised than anyone.

I am doing well.  Don’t worry.  I have a couple of good doctors!

~ ~ ~

The following Tuesday, September 11, Geri sends another email.

(I had asked her if it would be okay to post portions of her emails to me.)

Geri wrote:

You can use my words if you want. I just think it’s important to get the word out to ladies.

Honestly, if I had known the first time my jaw hurt that I was having a heart attack, I would have gone to the ER right then instead of waiting and then having 2 more attacks.

But I just never gave heart attack a single thought.

I am lucky I survived 3 attacks!

I had 3 stents put in.  I will be able to go home tomorrow!

Sheeeeeesh. Sure surprised me!

The surgery was all done through my wrist.  I was awake the whole time and watching it happen on 6 huge tv screens.

Feeling much better today. Will feel better at home!

Love you, Geri

~ ~ ~

I love you, too!

I thank God the crisis is over and you’re okay.



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141 Responses to Reading this post could save a life, maybe yours

  1. RachelDLS says:


  2. Spectacular flower photos! And very important information to share, so thanks for that!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks go to Geri. I’ll take the compliment on the flower pics. 🙂 Thank you, Arden.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        I am home! Just the act of leaving the hospital and coming home wore me out! I never even picked up my tablet until this morning! I haven’t yet read all the comments y’all were kind enough to leave. I will go read them now, proud to be alive to do so! 💗 Radar and Tater have been in my lap all morning!😁 I am So happy to be home!

        • jazzlover says:

          Geri So glad you got through this painful attack and are on the mend. You are going to be tired with every little thing you do until you gain your strength back so may want to keep it in first gear for another few weeks or so. It really knocks the stuffing out of you so be good to yourself and let Chuck take care of you. Did not know they could do stents through the wrist now, which is much less invasive to the body. Be good to yourself, we are rooting for you here.

          • Geri from the FL Panhandle says:

            Thank you for the good advice Jazzlover! I am still moving very slow and I was wondering why! Now I feel better about it! I do feel good though, just a bit wiped out! 💖

        • RachelDLS says:

          I am so glad to hear that you’re home! Remember to take it easy because your body has been through quite a bit! Take everything slow and rest when your body tells you to. Rest is the best thing that you could do for yourself right now! 🙂

  3. RachelDLS says:

    I did it! I got first! I know it’s silly but I wanted to try this time! 🙂 Please let me apologize for making that a priority, when you’re talking about something that’s so very serious. I must admit that I did not look at the post I just clicked and typed as quickly as I could. I am so glad to know that your friend is okay even though she has been through a lot! It’s good of you to take the time to post the symptoms for us gals out here! I hope you continue to find good health!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No need to apologize here, Rachel. There are plenty of readers who have experienced the thrill of being first and they understand the euphoria. Ha!

      Revel in your success! Shout it out! . . . . YAY! I’M RACHEL AND I WAS FIRST TODAY!

      • RachelDLS says:

        Lol! Yippee! Yahoo! Happy Happy, Joy Joy, ding ding ding! This is me reveling! LOL You always bring a smile to my face my friend! 🙂

  4. weather says:

    Sweet Lord, I’m glad Geri is going to be alright! Thanks for sharing this vitally important information with us. I will pray for total recovery to be swift and thorough.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sure Geri will appreciate your prayers, as do I.

      I knew heart attack symptoms were pain in the left arm and tightness in the chest. I didn’t know about jaw pain.

      Leave it to Geri to turn her attack into a means of helping others.

      • weather says:

        It truly is typically generous of Geri to be concerned about and contribute to the welfare of others. May God reward her a thousand times over for all the good she does. One never knows who might be helped by the knowledge they disseminate. One of my dearest friends would not be alive today if his housemate had not known how to perform CPR when he had a heart attack. If someone had not stepped forward to teach him and others why, how and when to do that who knows how many lives would have been cut short.

        Gosh, I cannot imagine how Chuck felt when Geri blacked out and he was taking her to the ER. How wonderful that he was there, made the right moves and decisions, and has his wife at home with him now. Kudos, Chuck!!!

        Your roses, porch, and dogs are all so beautiful, Sue. What perfect photos you chose for this post! Thinking about whatsoever things are lovely enhances our rejoicing in the good news you shared.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        Sue, I never had any chest pain at all, or pain in either arm! It was all in my jaw! Later the pain started travelling to my hands and that’s all I remember.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          Geri, I am so happy that you are alright. I have 3 stents as well. The last 2 they went through my wrist. A much easier process than the groin.
          Sometimes I get acute pain in shoulder, which usually turns out to be indigestion, but it is also a symptom of heart attack. If I take 2 tums and that doesn’t relive it in a few minutes, I take a Nitroglycerin tablet to be on the safe side. The pain though is excruciating.
          Every time I get unusual pains in my upper body, I stop what I am doing to see if it goes away. If not, I am calling 911.
          Take care.

  5. Carin says:

    Thank God you are okay Geri!! And thank you so much for posting this. Yes heart attacks have totally different symptoms in women! Thank you both for sharing!!

  6. Linda in TX says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m glad your friend is okay! Oddly, I’ve often had jaw pain along with indigestion, but since I’ve had that particular pattern my entire life I know it’s normal for me. Now that I’m older and at risk for a heart attack I wonder if I’d even know the difference!

    Your porch is so lovely and inviting!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      From what Geri wrote, I think the level of pain is a strong indicator. You might mention the jaw pain at your next doctor visit.

      Yeah, we love the porch. It sold the house.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Linda! Get a heart ❤ check asap! Please!!!💗

  7. Alice Windle says:

    Thanks for the info, good to know. Love the pics, looks beautiful there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Alice. I hope this post informs those who didn’t know the symptoms.

      It is pretty here and peaceful. The bird feeders (2), bird bath, and hummingbird feeder are just out of frame of the first photo, on the left side.

  8. JoanneG from San Rafael says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Geri along with thanks for this important information!

  9. Pamela bohanek says:

    Thank you.

  10. Elaine and Miss Lovey in Florida says:

    Thank you Geri and Sue for sharing this with everyone. It’s important information!

  11. Pierre says:

    Wow! I had never before heard about the jaw pain in a heart attack symptom. Thanks for posting…
    Love that you are out again on the road…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pierre,

      Your note about not knowing jaw pain might indicate a heart attack has made Geri and my efforts worthwhile. Thanks for writing!

      The crew and I went on a day trip to Cochise Stronghold recently. We aren’t on the road yet but hope to be soon. I’m waiting for the next heat wave to pass, among other things.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        The doc told me that jaw pain is predominantly felt by women, but occasionally men’s pain begins that way also! Me? I had never heard of jaw pain as a symptom of a heart attack! That’s why I ignored the first 2 attacks!
        I was lucky!

  12. Sherri (Still in) California says:

    Thoughts and prayers Geri! Thank you for sharing your story, and teaching us of an alternate symptom for heart attacks.

    Beautiful flowers Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, they are, Sherri. The house came with a few deficiencies. It also came with several roses, so we’re even. 🙂

      I received another email from Geri. She wrote it from her favorite chair where she’s relaxing.

  13. Lynn in Kentucky says:

    Good to know this info about heart attack symptoms! I am amazed that she was awake during surgery, and that they went in through her wrist! She even saw the surgery on tv! Glad she is doing well too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I know, Lynn. Incredible!

      No way would I want to see such a thing! Maybe one is on drugs which makes it pleasant to watch what the doctors are doing. The thought of it makes me ill.

      I wrote back to Geri and told her she’s stronger than I am.

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        Well, consider the fact that I was on drugs !😁 I was totally disconnected from my body and watching my doc work on 6 different HUGE tv screens was fascinating! I can’t remember much about it now, but I was so totally engrossed in the process, I forgot that was me in those tv screens!

  14. Lynda Jerome says:

    Thank you for the information very interesting and informative it could save one of our lives

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Lynda. Geri’s emails were the perfect opportunity to share this information. It was Geri’s idea.

      When I taught middle school, I learned right away that embedding the lesson in a story would help students remember. I’m hoping the story of Geri’s heart attacks will be embedded in everyone’s memory vault, available if needed.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      Thank you Lynda, I hope this is information that you will never need !!!💗 but if you do…..😊

  15. Pamela Campbell says:

    Thank you, Sue and thank you for the information from Geri.
    So wonderful you are doing so well after that trauma. Speedy recovery.

  16. Jean in southaven, ms says:

    Thank God that Geri is ok. Did I miss something along the way, is Rusty and Timber ok? I have not seem a post from him in along time.

    The roses are beautiful by the way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean,

      Rusty is okay. I emailed him to make sure he knows that people who care about him are asking about him. No response.

      I didn’t want to post the following information. I’m doing so only because Rusty hasn’t responded to blogorinos’ inquiries nor my urging that he do the right thing and reply to blogorinos’ concern.

      You see, a while back I deleted a flurry of comments written by Rusty while he was obviously drunk. This led to an unpleasant (to say the least) exchange of emails.

      Do not be alarmed by the silent treatment. Rusty and Lady Piper are fine.

      NOTE TO ALL: This is not a topic for further discussion. Thank you.

  17. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Oh wow Sue, Thanks for sharing! I will sure keep Geri in my prayers!

    Love your porch, it is beautiful!!

  18. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Sending get well wishes to Geri.💐🌼. Thank You both for sharing this information.
    Sue your porch looks lovely.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Val R.

      You can see why we spend a lot of time on the porch. Our bird feeders are very popular with finches and sparrows. Not a colorful crowd, yet they’re fun to watch and we’re glad to help them out. A sparrow in the bird bath this morning was having a great time!

      • Columbus Calvin says:

        I have begun birdwatching. I’ll note that goldfinches are both colorful and easy to see here in Ohio. Sparrows are less colorful, but I’ve been able to watch them within 10 feet of my door, which is still nice.

  19. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    I too did not know about the possible meaning of jaw pain in women – thank you to Geri for sharing that information. I pray she recovers fully and well.

    Your porch looks absolutely lovely. I’ve never been to New Orleans but I’ve seen lots of pics and it reminds me of those pictures – which shouldn’t be a surprise since both of you are Southern girls!! The single photo of Marg is just adorable – she looks like a sweetheart!

    I hope any blogorinos in the path of Florence have already made it to safe ground and I pray their homes are preserved.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      Thoughtful of you to mention those who may be in the path of the hurricane or affected by the flooding that is sure to happen.

      Yes, Marg is a beauty. She fits in well here.

      I chuckled at you calling Nancy and me Southern girls. I still think of myself as a Yankee, having grown up in New York state. In Florida I was surrounded by Northerners, in the neighborhood and at work.

      These days many of us don’t know what we are, having lived in several different regions of the country.

      Even so, spot on about our porch. It does have a graciousness typical of homes in New Orleans and the South.

      Remember today’s lesson about jaw pain! 🙂

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      You are very welcome Cynthia

  20. Linda in NE says:

    What you have shown of the exterior of your home is very pretty and I can see that your sister’s plants have really made it seem cozy. The roses are absolutely beautiful. I settle for not killing my one rose bush, though it didn’t look good there for a while this year.

    Geri’s message is a good one for all of us. I certainly would never have associated a painful jaw with a heart attack. I would have just thought I pulled a muscle or something & it would cure itself in time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I bet many of us would think that, Linda. I know I would. Geri has performed a very important public service here. She’s a dear.

      Good luck with your rose bush!

      • Geri in the Fla Panhandle says:

        Linda in N.E.
        Actually, I NEVER associated my jaw pain to a heart attack until just before I passed out! Finally then, my heart hurt! I had never read any previous information about association of jaw pain and heart attacks! I really thank Sue for sharing this association with all of you! I think it is vital to all of us!

  21. Women’s symptoms are very different than mens’. Angina symptoms frequently are nothing like the pain radiating down the arm, the elephant sitting on the chest, or any of the descriptions you read online. It’s really aggravating how many other things heart issues can mimic.

    This is a very informative blog written by a woman who was diagnosed with acid reflux in the ER while she was actually having a heart attack. Scroll down a ways and look on the right side of the screen, there’s a good short video on “typical” women’s symptoms.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, Allison!

      This is a great add-on to the information in this post. I’m sure others join me in appreciation for the link. We may need it for ourselves someday or for someone else.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Thank you for sharing the link, Allison.

    • jazzlover says:

      Allison, Thank You for this great information. Back twenty some years ago when I was on a local ambulance squad the attention was more on men and heart attacks not women and although during those years jaw pain as a major symptom of a heart attack was not very well advertised it was known. Again, Thank You, there are many women out there even today who have no clue about this.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      Excellent information Allison! Wish I had read this last week! 💗😊

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      GOOD 👍 information Allison ! Wish I had read it a few weeks ago! 😊 Thank you!

  22. Wow. Thank you Geri and Sue for sharing this information. You have probably saved a life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dawn.

      The internet can be used for good. Wish it were always so!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      💗💓💖💝💟💞💕 We all have to pay attention to our hearts! Lord knows I took mine for granted far to long!

  23. Jan NH says:

    Geri, thank you so much for sharing your this very valuable information and to Sue for making sue we receive it. This must have been very scary for you and I’m so happy that you are doing OK. I have often heard symptoms for women are ‘different’ but your description is so helpful in understanding a little better just what ‘different’ is. Please continue to rest and take care of yourself.

    Sue, beautiful flowers, dog pics and house pics. I especially love the last one of Marg by herself…so adorable.

    Sending good thoughts and vibes to all in Hurricane Florence’s path. Hoping you are out of harm’s way and that if you haven’t already, you are “getting the hell out of dodge”! Be safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jan,

      Geri probably isn’t online this evening. I know she will appreciate your kind words when she sees them.

      It’s my pleasure to post photos of our flowers, the house, and the canine characters. Right now the three of them are near my chair in my bedroom, tussling with each other. Reggie is in his bed, lying on his back, kicking his two “attackers.” Hilarious!

      Yes, hang on, folks. Florence is a baddie!

      • Geri says:

        I have been TOTALLY blocked from responding to anything on your post for some reason! Maybe I am only allowed so many comments???
        Anyhows, just want to thank everyone and I want y’all to know I appreciate your responses! I really do feel good!

  24. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for sharing Geri’s important information. Thank God she is ok! Love the pictures of your inviting porch, happy pups, and lovely roses. Thank you for sharing! Are any of the roses fragrant? I would have thought that the hot, dry, AZ climate would not be hospitable for roses. They are healthy and thriving! Do you have to water them daily?

    Sending you, Reggie, and Roger lots of love and hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂
    Hi to Nancy and Marg, too! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      A few of the roses are fragrant. The others, no. I was surprised, too, that roses seem to thrive in this climate, although I did know that dampness can bring on fungus which is the bane of rosebushes. We have been very neglectful and didn’t water the roses much. I didn’t expect them to bloom. I actually thought they were headed toward dormancy and then, all of a sudden, wham! Rose blossoms galore!

      Love and hugs to you and Gracie pup, too. Looks like Florence is veering a bit southward at this time which may give a slight break for Virginians. I guess flooding is the concern. Wishing safety to all….

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Thank you, Sue. xo

        The light purple rose reminds me of the Sterling Silver Rose, which is a very fragrant tea rose.

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Geri and Chuck,

    I hope that you are now home, resting. Geri, I am so thankful that you are ok! What a terrifying experience for both of you. Thank you for sharing your symptoms with us; definitely not the usual heart attack symptoms (for men) that we have been taught. Glad that you have good doctors watching over you. Thank God for watching over you! Sending you both love, *hugs* and prayers that you will be feeling better soon! Please take good care of yourselves. xo

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      Thank you Denise! This is one experience I don’t want to experience again! I had the luck of the draw to get a very good heart surgeon! I really REALLY like him! Dr. Haghighat💗 in Panama City!

  26. Thank heavens Geri is okay after three attacks!! I knew hurting jaws was a sign of heart attack, elephant sitting on chest is another one, chest pains i.e. feels like heart burns is another one. My younger sister had the third symptoms…she thought she had bad heart burns but her daughter insisted and took her to hospital. Yep, it was confirmed she was having a heart attack. She had plaque build up from her diabetic medication. She was advised by her cardiologist to change her diabetic meds cuz it causes plaque build up. I also know if a person has a stroke or you suspect a stroke…ask the person to raise their arms, ask them to talk, and the third one…I can’t remember. What caused Geri’s heart attack? She didn’t say….just that she had stints put in.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rita,

      I don’t know the root cause of Geri’s heart attacks. She didn’t say in her emails. Maybe that’s personal so I didn’t ask.

      I wonder if lifting her arms to clean out the hummingbird feeder may have triggered the attack.

      • Geri in Fla says:

        I have no idea as to the root cause! I always thought I had a strong heart! I should have known better as most of my family has died from heart attacks but I never had a problem until this! Not even any hints of heart problems!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Rita,

      I think the third one is to ask the person to smile to see if one side of their face is drooping.

      For those of us who live alone with our pets….wonder if I could teach Gracie pup to knock the phone off the table and dial 911.

      • Cat Lade, Baton Rouge, La. says:

        If I remember correctly, the droopy side on a smiling face was a sign of a stroke.

      • Geri in Fla says:

        Hahaha! That wouldn’t work for me! I had Bells Palsy in my 20’s and the left side of my face has drooped since then!

  27. Columbus Calvin says:

    Geri, I’m glad you came through that and I appreciate the information.

  28. Elaine Magliacane says:

    Thanks for the heads up Geri, my husband has heart failure, and had a TIA stroke last year (and I’m the unhealthy one…) . I had never heard about this before, as my mother had heart issues and my older brother has had a heart attack and now has a pace maker, I should be on alert. Beautiful flowers in your yard rvsue… we’ll just be hunkering down for hurricane Florence now.

  29. Gingerita says:

    Get well wishes to Geri! Thank you so much for sharing. Good to know that jaw pain is one of the symptoms. You and Nancy have created a lovely, peaceful oasis. Thank you for sharing the photos.

  30. Renee from Idaho says:

    Oh Sue . . . thank God that Geri’s husband was there to get her to the hospital. If he hadn’t, who knows what the outcome would’ve been. The roses you posted in between her words, her experience, was so appropriate and to all of us. Thank you for sharing this in a way that only you could do.

    And for Geri – thank God you are doing well. I pray that should this happen to me, I will remember that it was you that saved my life. thank you.

  31. See American heart association has women’s attack symptoms.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing Geri’s report, Sue!! We will pray she recovers and lives many years!! I was so glad to hear that she was awake when they put stints in and via her wrist!!! WOW…that sure sounds like better medicine than you hear sometimes!!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      Watching the procedure on 6 HUGE tv screens, it was easy to forget this was happening to me, not some t.v. show I was watching! Hahaha!😀 Now I have forgotten most of what I saw!

  33. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Sue, your roses are gorgeous!
    Geri, I’m so glad you got to the hospital and you are doing well.
    I’d like to add another possible symptom to the list: extreme sudden fatigue. A few years ago we were camping in Moab. I got out of the shower and didn’t have the strength or energy to hold the hair dryer. I laid on the bed and felt a little “indigestion”. I could barely get up to move to the sofa. The “indigestion” felt a little worse but still not bad. We eventually went to the E.R. They did a blood test and half hour later I was on a Life flight helicopter to Grand Junction, Colorado. My pain was never worse that 5 out of 10. Women’s heart attacks can be very sneaky. When in doubt get checked out!

  34. Bridget says:

    Thank you for the valuable information.

    Your new home looks tropical. Love all the plants and flowers.


  35. Chris B and Diego...grounded in SoCal waiting for knee replacement to heal says:

    Geri – Glad to hear that you are okay. Amazing how technology can make such a serious procedure so simple, and for you to be awake watching the procedure! Incredible!

    I never heard of jaw pain being a sympton. Thanks for passing the information along being that I’ll be one year older tomorrow. 🙁

  36. Sharon Coquet says:

    Thank u for sharing your friends exsperance with a heart attack. For warned is for armed.
    The flowers u are showing us are so vivid ad brite. Beautiful such a wonderful exsperance to have.
    I really enjoy your exspersion of we’re u travel. Thank u for taking us with u and all the wonderful things of nature u and the crew see. You are talented. May u have many more miles traveled and wonderful exsperances taking us along.

  37. Laurie in NC says:

    This has been a very informative posting. Thanks for all the good information.
    I have read about this in the past but had forgotten about the jaw pain and the sudden extreme fatigue.
    Geri – so glad you are doing ok!
    Sue – love the beautiful pictures!
    We are ready for Florence here in Eastern NC.

  38. MB Dillard says:

    Good morning Sue!

    Thank you for sharing this message! WOW…..who knew? It may indeed save lives.

    I love the pictures of your house. One day I will have one with a blue door too. 😉

    And….if you are reading this Geri…..I am so happy that you are in good hands and doing well! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂

  39. Eileen says:

    Good info, thanks so much for sharing the warning signs. I love the pics of the pups and those magnificent roses!

  40. Dawn in NC 🐈 says:

    Geri, I am so glad that you are OK! What a scary experience. Thank you for sharing and teaching the rest of us. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  41. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    I’m so glad you’re ok, Geri. I hope you are continuing to recover nicely. Thank you, and Sue, too, for sharing that valuable info.

    The roses are deliciously beautiful. Lovely.

    While I still love the boys, I am in love with Marg. I’ve always loved Scotties and Westies. I’m so glad they all get along so well.

  42. Columbus Calvin says:

    The post was the last Internet thing I saw last night. (It came in at bedtime Eastern after a long day.) I have read it again and I’ll make a “real” comment.

    Geri, thanks especially for the “story” aspect of your information. Men in my family tend to ignore anything if we think we can “tough it out.” That’s probably how my oldest brother had his first big heart attack. We need the reminder that serious stuff comes back until it gets your attention. Also, you gave us a good reminder that unexplained pain is trying to tell us something. Sue, thanks for taking the initiative to post it for all of us.

    Thanks for all the pretty flower pictures and for the dog ones, too. Roger has a left-out look in the one with the porch rail between him and the other two who are playing.

    Your porch looks wonderful. Pups, plants, and loved ones. Life doesn’t get better than that.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      Thank you Calvin! Men tend to be hard headed when it comes to self care! At least I know Chuck is! 😊 Nobody knows you better than you! But having said that, I never NEVER connected severe jaw pain as a warning from my heart!

  43. Reading about Geri’s heart attack I forgot to comment how lovely your sitting area is on the porch. I don’t have a front porch but I have two uncovered patios in back yard. I set up my big umbrella in summer along with my chairs but no flowers in back. Our dogs dig them up…probably cuz the wet dirt is cool. The other patio is a small area with a swing on it. I laid the pavers this past spring and tried to plant hollyhocks but the small sprouts burned during summer heat no matter how much I watered them. Next time I’ll put shade over them. A blongorino advised I plant desert flower…but I misplaced the name of the flower…help.

    My son, my semi-care taker, makes me do stretches twice a day. Morning and afternoon and makes sure I’m drinking water. My daughter bought me a three wheel bike so I can paddle around the neighborhood to exercise. I don’t always bike in summer. Now that it’s getting cooler I’ll bike in morning and evening. In winter, I walk a mile at least once a day if not more. I take one dog at a time (I have three dogs) on the walk to motivate me to walk. I think this helps with overall health.

  44. Geri in the Fla Panhandle says:

    Linda in N.E.
    Actually, I NEVER associated my jaw pain to a heart attack until just before I passed out! Finally then, my heart hurt! I had never read any previous information about association of jaw pain and heart attacks! I really thank Sue for sharing this association with all of you! I think it is vital to all of us!

  45. DeGin says:

    This is good info Sue. I, of course,have had a heart attack and open heart surgery and am followed closely, but most people know nothing about this. Which makes me think I should have reported on my incident last March.

    I woke up one morning and noticed that I seemed to be short of breath. As the day wore on I noticed that I was gasping for breath when I did any exertion, even walking to the bathroom. I thought I must have a cold or something coming on, even though I had no other symptoms. This was Saturday. I decided that if I wasn’t breathing better by Monday I would go to urgent care. Monday I decided to go to urgent care. They took one look and sent me off to emergency. By the time I got to emergency I was really struggling to breathe. When the checked me in my oxygen level was 83. Not good. It turned out I had a pulmonary embolism. They put me on blood thinners immediately. Pulmonary embolism is often fatal. I was very lucky. They told me I should never have waited to come in. Please be aware if you have a sudden loss of breath there is a reason! Don’t wait, go to emergency. There are a lot of older people here; we aren’t as resilient as when we were younger. Be careful!

  46. Toni says:

    When I had a heart attack, I didn’t have the “usual” symptoms either. I felt like I was having heartburn (not unusual for me) but it seemed more “effervescent”. I also had low back pain. Being one who always monitored my blood pressure at home, I checked it and all numbers were through the roof. Systolic, Diastolic and heart rate. I took an aspirin and went to the ER. There was no pain whatsoever to speak of. I had two stents and the doctor said it was a very mild heart attack. I was lucky.

    I’m glad you’re ok Geri!! One never knows what’s around the corner sometimes.

  47. Susan in Dallas says:

    I read a lot about health and prevention, but I have never seen this information mentioned. Thanks to you and Geri for this post!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      One of the links shared above has a lot of very good information I had never heard about before! 💗AWESOME! Love that we can share this important information here! Thank you Sue!

  48. Paula in Indiana says:

    Sue and Geri, thank you so much for this informative post. Geri, I’m so glad you sought treatment and are doing well!

    Sue, those roses are gorgeous. What a nice surprise for you! When I bought my home, it was November and already snowing. When Spring finally arrived, lavender crocus started popping up along the edges of my driveway, then grape hyacinths, daffodils, a variety of tulips, irises and finally day lilies! I had no idea the previous owner had planted all of those flowers, hundreds of them in beds along the edges of the driveway. It was such a treat to see what new kind of flower was going to bloom each day.

  49. Anita says:

    Good message! Thanks for sharing!
    I was distracted by the lovely photos of the beautiful flowers! I read through first then had to go back through and enjoy the flowers! Can’t “stop and smell the roses” online but I can stop and look at them a 2nd & 3rd time! Really nice!

  50. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    The roses are lovely. Did Nancy to all of that? I know you were trimming and things a while back. My Roses got some disease last fall, the gardener thought he caught it, but ut returned so they have to come out this fall.
    Marg and the boys are so cute. It is amazing how quickly they acclimated to each other.

    Thanks for posting about Geri’s heart attack. We women have so many different symptoms of a heart attack, from men.

  51. Barbara from Camano Island, WA says:

    Oh Geri! I’m so glad to hear you are all right now! What a scary thing to go through. Just think of all the people you have “educated” as a result of this. Probably saved a few lives. Rest and recover!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle says:

      I sincerely hope sharing my story has helped folks realize how sneaky a heart attack can be!💗

  52. jazzlover says:

    Sue, I would have bought your home just for the porch! Having said that, I knew I was buying my home before I’d even set foot in it. The view had me, the fact that it was away from the street and surrounded by woods and trees had me as well. And this was mid January in the NE! Your roses are beautiful, has me sniffing for their scent, yes I know hard to get from a picture but still. Marg is a nice addition for the boys to have a lady to engage with. Very glad Geri is doing well, we cannot lose those we value. Cochise Stronghold brought back sweet memories. Was not built up when we were last there a long time ago. Beautiful pictures. Thank You. Be Well.

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