Thursday, February 22, 2018
To Quilt another day
Although I have searched far and wide, I have still not found a site that that details heart attack pain for women to include what I went through. So, I reiterate, if you have a serious stabbing pain unlike what you experience that just appears, call for help. I got help fast and have very little heart muscle damage, although I sport two shiny stainless steel stents.
I did receive a second stent via catheter on Monday, February 12th. It went well and they showed me how the artery inflated on the screen when it was over. The side effects were not great. I got a nitro headache immediately when they loaded nitro to inflate the artery- like the old time cartoon when the character gets whacked on the head with a mallet and you see zig zag lines and stars. The other effect was upon arriving at my room and looking at my right arm (catheter went in right wrist), it looked like Popeye's. It was bleeding profusely under the skin and took a blood pressure cuff pumped up to stop it in a while followed by compression bandages, holding it up for 24 hours, and throbbing. The swelling went down, a whopper bruise, but worse, my arm aches and aches and it is difficult to type, sew, anything right hand related. When I was an art teacher, I learned how to cut and paint with the left so I could teach it, but I am limited to those skills.
This was the prayer shawl someone gave me when I was still flat out after surgery and I don't know who to say thank you for this keeping me warm. Thank you, you wonderfully generous crocheter!
Despite craving to sew, I can't use a rotary cutter with my arm, can't hand sew, and could barely make these two Scrappy Trips blocks. Thank you to everyone who responded with a kind word or two, prayers, and being a friend. I thank you from the heart- newly mended.