My life has been such a whirlwind the past three days. I thought instead of trying to explain everything via twitter, and then again via facebook, I would just post the whole story here and let others read it.
Sunday night, Mike decided to pick up an extra shift, so off to work he went. At 10:33pm, I got a phone call from his work. I thought it was him, but when I said “Hello.” I heard, “I am looking for Mike’s wife.”. I knew immediately something was wrong. Why would work be calling me that late unless something was wrong. For an instant I thought about how that day marked the one month anniversary of our wedding. I know God never gives us more than we can handle, but could he have waited a little longer?
The supervisor explained that Mike had been having chest pains, they had called him an ambulance and he was en route to the hospital. I was trying to hold it together and not react, because of the kids. Mike has been having health issues for several months now, but nothing this serious, and a week ago this past Friday, a check up gave him a clean bill of health.
After calling my parents for help, I got kids off to bed, with the exception of Vanessa who I brought with me for moral support, and so she wouldn’t sit at home worrying. Thankfully it took us a few minutes to get out the door, because less than 5 minutes later Mike called from the back of the ambulance. He sounded good, but when he said “I’m fine”, I asked him if he was at the hospital yet. Nope. “Then you’re in the back of an ambulance, and people who call from the back of an ambulance are not typically FINE. I’m on my way.” Sorry, but I was SOOOO relieved to hear from him.
When we got there, we met his ER doctor, and they took him for an XRAY. He didn’t look great, oxygen tube, more heart monitor leads than I had EVER seen before in my life, an IV, shot in the stomach…. it wasn’t looking great. The one thing I can say about Mike, is that in a crisis he keeps such a sense of humor about everything.
They decided after hearing that he had needed two sprays of Nitro in the ambulance before the chest pains had ceased, that they should keep him overnight for monitoring. We got him in his room, settled and Vanessa and I went home to sleep at 3 in the morning.
All day Monday consisted of tests. A lot of tests. We didn’t seem him for nearly 8 hours.
So, first the good news:
EKG looked good.
All blood work came back good.
Initial Dye/Contrast X-ray looked good.
Then they took him for a stress test. Not his favorite thing to do, but he had to do a similar one about 2 months ago, so he was prepared. He passed that one.
He failed this one. He told me he “should have studied harder, I failed it.” (see… the ever present sense of humor)
Then they retested with the Dye/Contrast X-ray. He failed that too.
Turns out, there are some circulation issues on the front part of his heart. They were only looking at the veins, it was too risky to check out the arteries at this point. Why? Because they found enough damage to indicate that he has suffered a heart attack within the past 3 months.
Yeah. Pick your jaw up. I couldn’t believe it either. He has been walking around for 3 months after having a heart attack. Sure, because that’s normal. And can I just tell you how incredibly angry I am that his original cardiologist missed this? And that nobody has done anything?
Today they put a stent in. When they did the Cardiac Catheterization they discovered two blockage points. One that is 80% blocked and one that is 50% blocked. The interesting (and infuriating) part of this, is that he had a Cardiac Catheterization a month and a half ago – they found one partial blockage at 40-50% that they opted to do “nothing” with except have him take medicine for. These were not done by the same doctors or the same hospital. It shows who the better hospital is also.
So they put the stent into the location that had the 80% blockage. The one that is at 50% blockage is in a dangerous area that runs the risk of a possible heart attack, so at this time, they will treat it with monitoring and medicine.
So that is where we are at right now. I will update here as needed. He is expected to be coming home tomorrow but will be “down” for a few days. Please continue to keep him in your prayers and that there are no further complications. I feel all the prayer surrounding us. I feel truly blessed that he is with us today and that God has a greater purpose for him.
Thanks for everything you guys!!