HealthPosted: November 6, 2011
Yesterday, I met a gal who had a heart attack at age 32. Yup, 32.
Her family history includes high cholesterol, which apparently caused a 100% occluded artery in her heart from a relatively early age.
She was pregnant and gave birth to her son. Eight days later, she was flat-lined on her kitchen floor after having shoulder pain and radiating pains down her arms. She was rushed to the ER, treated and …
.. is alive and kickin’ today. Good for Jenny and her kids …
We should evaluate our nutrition and lifestyle:
1) Eat well;
2) Get a physical–even if we dislike doctors;
4) Eat well (did I type that already?);
5) Educate ourselves on health. Many information sources exist. Like this.
6) Remind ourselves that people will benefit from us living longer–even if you’re a big jerk like I.
In sixth grade, I had scarlatina. That’s low-grade scarlet fever. Yup, I was living in the middle ages.
I missed ten days of school and one afternoon woke up from a sickie-guy nap. My regularly-calm-nurse-mother said, “Your skin is green. Therefore, we’re going to the ER. ” But first she called our family doctor.
He asked her whether I’d eaten or had anything to drink. I had not for about two days.
His advice was that I should have any food and any fluid I wanted. Mom took me to the grocery store, where I ordered Cheetos Cheese Balls and Cherry Kool-Aid. That sounded good at the time.
I convalesced on that diet for about three days and healed up.
I still have a Level One heart murmur (I think that’s what they call it) from the scarlatina virus that affected a heart value. That means I have a valve that doesn’t close completely when my heart pumps blood–so you can hear a little “whoosh” with a stethoscope. That’s the little bit of blood flowing against the grain.
If you want to read more about scarlet fever, click here.
Time for me to watch more NFL football. Later.