The Heart Attack Late Night Call

I got a phone call from my sister, Dale, in Ontario the other night. It was near midnight their time so I knew it was urgent and important. My brother had a heart attack. Not the brother two years younger than me, Dave, but my youngest brother, Doug. He is only 48, 12 years younger than me. He’s the skinniest of all four of us. I could barely breathe. We talked for a while and she told me that she and my other brother had spent the day at the hospital with him. He is going to need a triple or quadrupedal bypass. She even emailed me a picture of his heart scan showing arteries 70, 80, 90 and even 100% blocked. I’m terrified. First for him, then for all my other siblings, then myself.

He had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a few years ago. So was Dave before that, then I went over the border-line myself. The only non-diabetic of us all is Dale and we are going to keep her that way. My blood sugar has been fantastic and if I can beat the next weight level of 200 pounds I may be off the metformin. It is within sight.broken heart

I spoke with Doug last night. He sounded pretty good. They let him out of the hospital with a list of rules and “don’t”s. He got to go see one of his son’s (he has 3) hockey games. But Dave went with him and he wasn’t allowed to yell or pound the glass so he got his youngest son to do the cheering for him It was good for him. It looks like he’ll be in surgery by the end of this week. He also told me it looks like they will have to do a sextuple or septuple bypass. WHAT? Six or seven blood vessels need replacing. I’ve never heard of so many. But Doug said  they have to crack open his chest he only wants it done once!

Well, I do not want it done to me at all! It is very sad that I need something this scary and so close to me to get me to look at the reality of my own health. I’ve been getting by. But, for Doug and my family I’ll eliminate one of the “risk factors” by sticking to my diet.

Thanks for listening and if you have the time and ability go donate blood and sign your organ donor card! ;D Diane

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on February 16, 2015.

2 Responses to “The Heart Attack Late Night Call”

  1. Sorry to hear about your brother , hope everything goes well.

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