By Max R. Weller
When I woke up around 5 on Wednesday morning, I had a sharp pain in the middle of my back and I mistakenly thought it was another kidney stone starting its journey to my bladder. No such luck . . . I went on to Norlin Library on the CU campus, and by early afternoon the pain was in my left arm and both jaws, I was dizzy, couldn’t catch my breath, and had no energy at all. ALL of the classic heart attack indicators except for sweating. I asked the security office to call the paramedics. They quickly arrived and hooked up the EKG, which showed a coronary artery blockage on the right side. I was transported to Boulder Community Hospital with lights and siren activated around 2PM.
I was rolled into an ER suite and it seemed that there were a dozen people there; my cardiologist was Dr. R., who told me that I was having a heart attack and they were taking me upstairs to do a Balloon Angioplasty and Stent procedure.
It was unsuccessful, because the blockage was on the bottom of my heart in a very narrow artery and the catheter couldn’t get in to open things up. That’s the BAD news.
The GOOD news is that the small area damaged is NOT crucial to my heart’s functioning, and I can be treated with high blood pressure meds and blood thinners. (I got a month’s supply for free from Boulder Community Health.)
I was discharged yesterday afternoon, having remained stable for 48 hours. My only pain now is in my right groin where the catheter was inserted. I’m also dizzy, but was told to expect that from the medication. Dr. R. says that he doesn’t expect any further trouble.
Again, I’d like to thank everyone at BCH!