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Laura Had A Heart Attack Monday Morning [Mar. 30th, 2009|11:59 pm]
Paul Cory
No, that's not me being figurative. Laura, my wife, had an actual heart attack Monday morning. We got to the ER about 7 am.

So far, it looks to have been a minor one. In fact, for most of the day, the doctors didn't think she had had one. The EKG and X-Rays were clean, and her symptoms had completely vanished by 9 am, with no more treatment than a glass of water and an aspirin. The main doctor said that given her age, sex and state of health, her chances of having had a heart attack were tiny, and that he expected to be looking for another cause for the intense, debilitating chest, arm and facial pain that woke her up this morning.

However, her symptoms were such classic heart attack, that they decided to keep her overnight for observation. About 8 pm, that same doctor walked into her room to announce, with some nervous embarrassment, that he was wrong - the enzyme test showed that she had a heart attack.

If all goes as planned, Laura will undergo heart catheterization Tuesday morning. This will allow the doctors to run a tube into her heart, inject some contrast dye, and then X-Ray for blockages. If they find blockages, and the blockages are small enough, they'll open the blockages with a balloon, and then put in a stent, all through the catheter. If there are no blockages, then we skip the stents and recovery is quicker.

What happens next depends on whether she gets the stents or not - and on whether they discover anything truly hideous, like arteries blocked too much for stents.

There is hope that that things won't be too bad. So far, the heart attack appears have been a minor one, and may not have any appreciable long-term effect on her heart. I'm hoping that holds.

Anyway, any warm thoughts, positive energy, prayers, spells, rituals or muttered invocations to obscure gods or Fate on Laura's behalf are welcome. All deities welcome, although Laura doesn't like seafood, so maybe leave Great Cthulu out of this one. :-)

Leave comments as you wish, just realize that Laura or I may not respond until late tomorrow night.

[User Picture]From: rtred
2009-03-31 05:18 am (UTC)
Holy crap! It seems as if I've been having a lot of people I know deal with heart issues lately. Still, Laura is the first one to actually *have* a heart attack. I'm glad it wasn't too terrible of one.

I'm not surprised that it was misdiagnosed. I've read article after article on how this happens. I'm glad they got it right in the end.

The good news is that everyone I know who's gone through it has had no real complications, even the ones who had bypass surgery. Hell, what they went through was a picnic compared to what *I* went through (as they've all told me).

I'm glad they caught it relatively early and I will hope and pray for the best. A small furry mammal will be sacrificed and partially ingested on her behalf by our Graehling.

So, did she have the heart attack as a result of hearing that Trinoc-Con is no more?
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[User Picture]From: paulcory
2009-03-31 05:20 am (UTC)
Thanks for the well-wishes - I'll pass them along to her.

No, Trinoc*Con's demise was not the trigger. :-)
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[User Picture]From: treddytrafalgar
2009-03-31 05:45 am (UTC)
Shocked & so sorry to hear this, but really hoping for the best for y'all.
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[User Picture]From: x_creepy_doll_x
2009-03-31 06:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for calling earlier. I'll see you guys tomorrow and of course will do anything I can...look in on cats, whatever y'all need. I'll be hoping for the best meanwhile!

Also, aaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhh!!!!! I'm glad it was possible to get her to the hospital right away!
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[User Picture]From: kalluna
2009-03-31 09:49 am (UTC)
I was offline all day, didn't get the news until I saw an email from Miranda.

I'm glad it was mild but this is a shocker! I'm hoping for the best, please keep me informed. I will try to call in the afternoon or evening when hopefully all the procedures are done for a bit.

And Cthulhu will be called upon, specifically to scare the stupid out of the doctors and other medical staff!
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[User Picture]From: sneezythesquid
2009-03-31 10:09 am (UTC)
Damn, I hope she gets better soon. My thoughts are with you both.
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[User Picture]From: calligrafiti
2009-03-31 10:43 am (UTC)
Holy crap! I'm sorry, Paul. Please let me know if there's anything I can do—come over and feed the kitties, or whathaveyou. If you think of it, please give Laura my best wishes for a fast and complete recovery.
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[User Picture]From: greatblueheron
2009-03-31 10:49 am (UTC)
Please let Laura know that K and I are thinking of her (and you!) and hoping for the best. Sending good vibes your way!
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[User Picture]From: kolraashgadol
2009-03-31 11:00 am (UTC)
My prayers are with you and Laura. I hope for the best.
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[User Picture]From: fireheart1974
2009-03-31 12:22 pm (UTC)
James and I will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers! Please keep us posted.

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[User Picture]From: davien
2009-03-31 12:29 pm (UTC)
oh god. Good luck! Feel better soon!
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[User Picture]From: lymang
2009-03-31 12:57 pm (UTC)
Let me know if I can help.

Please give my best to Laura.
I'll send some positive energy over to her (and you).

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From: gwenifyre
2009-03-31 01:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! Hope she recovers quickly. Thinking of you guys...
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[User Picture]From: prncsspetulance
2009-03-31 01:46 pm (UTC)
I just got M's email and came here to see if there was anymore news. Please tell Laura we're thinking of her and praying to all the gods for a fast, complete, pain- and trouble-free recovery. She SO did not need this shit!
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From: cor_cordivm
2009-03-31 02:12 pm (UTC)

Dear gods, I hope she's going to be okay. I hope you will be, too.

Going to light a candle now . . .
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[User Picture]From: knight__owl
2009-03-31 04:43 pm (UTC)
Best of luck and hopes for a speedy recovery! Wow!
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[User Picture]From: andyhat
2009-03-31 05:43 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this! Best wishes to you and Laura, and hope the catheterization works and she's better soon!
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[User Picture]From: angelpv
2009-03-31 07:54 pm (UTC)
*healing thoughts sent Laura's way*

*many hugs!*

If there is anything I can do... let me know!
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[User Picture]From: missingvolume
2009-04-02 04:25 pm (UTC)
Holy smoke! Tell her Thomas and I hope she gets better quick.
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[User Picture]From: jackolantern
2009-04-02 10:27 pm (UTC)
Please give her my best wishes.
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[User Picture]From: ms_daisy_cutter
2009-04-03 01:46 am (UTC)
Oh, shit. I'm glad it was minor and she's getting decent treatment. Give her my best.
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[User Picture]From: magicgenee
2009-04-03 02:26 am (UTC)
*sending healing vibes*
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[User Picture]From: paganjoy
2009-04-03 02:53 pm (UTC)
Please please tell her she is in my thoughts and prayers. I am on her a_nightengale account so I will check here for updates.
Please make sure you are taking care of yourself as well, I cannot imagine how hard this must be for you. Your whole family is in my prayers.
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[User Picture]From: ambersarchives
2009-04-03 06:16 pm (UTC)
Was sent here via Laura's LJ. I'm sending Laura healing energy and am lighting a candle for her quick recovery. Please give her a hug for me!
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