It has been almost two months since I have blogged. This blog sits in the back of my mind as I keep thinking to myself that I really need to write. Truth is, I have kind of been boycotting heart disease. I have taken the summer off; not from having heart disease but from thinking… Continue reading Boycotting Heart Disease
It has been almost three months since I stepped out of my corporate job. I realized the other day that I am a different person now. I'm me again. My cardiologist said after the testing that there was nothing physically wrong with my heart, only stress, and now I believe her. It feels good to… Continue reading No More Chest Pain
Yesterday I read a USA Today article that was posted on Twitter by Carolyn Thomas at Heart Sisters. The article is called called Don't Yelp Your Doctor and it is written by Niam Yaraghi who hails from the Brookings Institution's Center for Technology Innovation. The Brookings Institution lists Mr. Yaraghi as "a fellow in the… Continue reading Are Patients Stupid?
Rain, rain, rain and cold, cold, cold and mud, mud, mud! No matter because we had fun, fun, fun! The KC Heart and Stroke walk was today and we had a blast. The rain and cold could not stop us from raising awareness and funds to fight heart disease and stroke. See for yourself!
Tomorrow is the Kansas City Heart and Stroke Walk and 5K Run. This year, the American Heart Association asks you what is your why? Why do you care about your heart health? I started to type out why I walk tomorrow but it is a long list and I thought this better: I could think… Continue reading Heart Walk Day
I read a blog article tweeted by Carolyn Thomas at Heart Sisters the other day. It hit very close to home and close to some recent conversation with another heart sister Teri. (See Teri's story). It was written by Brian Loew, the CEO of Inspire and is titled What Do You Wish Your Doctor Knew?.… Continue reading You May Not Need to See Me, But I Need to See You.
After an excruciating weekend waiting for test results and envisioning a multitude of really bad outcomes, I received my test results on Monday. They were fine--no further damage and no open heart surgery. What a relief! Of course, when they called with good results, it did not mean that I could reverse my decision to… Continue reading The Results
I went to the hospital on Thursday to have my nuclear medicine stress test and echo. It makes me feel like I will permanently glow in the dark when I see this on the door where I am having an IV placed: Seriously, not a warm and fuzzy feeling! I was surprised with the ease… Continue reading The Wait
I have been wrestling with a major life changing decision. I have known for many months that my occupation (running an anesthesia billing office) is more stress than I should put on my post heart attack heart. The evidence has been building. Increased chest pain, increased indigestion and crushing fatigue. Even as these symptoms were… Continue reading My Decision to Leave
I posted this originally on 12/17/14 and this one always applies! I started this blog to work through the why of my heart attack at 42. I started it just for me and in the beginning, I only shared it with a very small group of longtime dear friends because they wanted updates on how… Continue reading Gender Inequities In Cardiac Care