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Mamavation Monday ~ Medical Wake Up Call

December 18, 2010

My husband and I sat in a hospital waiting room this week as my father was under going a cardiac medical procedure.  He was having this procedure because his doctor noticed something wrong during his stress test a couple of weeks ago. 

The problem turned out to be a 99.9 % blockage in one of the valves in my dad’s heart.  The heart surgeon put a stint in his valve and basically saved my dad’s life.  Thankfully, the doctor found this problem in time.  

I am so thankful that my dad has been given this second chance.  He has a great attitude about making the necessary changes to his lifestyle to improve his health.  Losing weight and exercising will be a big part of that.

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the number 1 cause of death in America.  Someone dies every 34 seconds in America because of Cardiovascular Disease – most of these deaths are preventable.

I was never more committed to my personal health goals then when I sat in the critical care unit waiting for my dad.  I know that my weight does matter, but health is so much more than a number on a scale.  (I maintained again this week by the way – still about 23 pounds from healthy BMI)

This week I was reminded in a very powerful way that there is a little organ inside my chest about the size of my fist.  It’s working hard, even when I am not thinking about it, all day and night – giving me the opportunity to enjoy life.  My heart has taken good care of me… it’s my responsibility to take care of it.

I mentioned last week that I have been out of my thyroid medication.  Some of you asked what kind I was on.  I was taking a small dose of Synthroid.  I went in this week to get my blood levels re-checked, the results are not in yet.   However, while I was having my blood drawn I discovered an additional benefit to staying hydrated….

Normally I prepare myself to be poked at least twice in each arm when they draw my blood because my veins have a tendency to collapse.  Not this time.  First try, in and done!  I looked at the nurse and said, “Wow!  That’s never happened before!”  She said, “You’ve been drinking your water… it makes it a lot easier when you are hydrated!”   –  Who knew?!  

I just keep discovering that there are countless benefits to healthy living!

Congrats to the Mamavation Sista of the week – Christi @ChristiDarty!

Enjoy Life and show your heart a little extra love this week!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2010 6:55 pm

    My wake up call was when my dad passed away at age 52 from Colon Cancer. Tell your dad how much of an impact this incident has had on you. I wish I could tell mine. I know he would be proud that I am not following down the same path as he did (heavy smoker, heavy soda drinker, poor diet)

    Have a great week. I am glad that they found the issue in time with your dad. Modern medicine is amazing isn’t it?

  2. December 19, 2010 3:00 pm

    My dad dies of CHD, and I’m so happy that you are not going through what I went through right now. It does change your life doesn’t it?!

    WTG for changing your life, and making your healthy lifestyle even more of a priority than before!

    Thanks for the props about SOTW too!

  3. December 19, 2010 3:20 pm

    Yes, watching our loved ones experience something so scary is definitely a game changer. My mom had 2 mini strokes earlier this year. I’m so glad to hear you dad is okay and I’ll pray for his continued health. Best of luck to you this week!

  4. December 19, 2010 11:12 pm

    You are very lucky to have found the issue with your Dad. Especially nice to have him around the holidays.

    Yeah, I had the same vein issue with my two C-sections. It was hard to find one after I sat in a hospital room waiting for my procedure without anything to drink.

    It is amazing how much easier life becomes when you take care of yourself. Have a great week and Happy Holidays.

  5. December 20, 2010 8:22 am

    Wishing your Dad fast recovery and really enjoy this holiday season, because you can.
    Good for you on the medication. My Dr. said that can’t get off synthroid even so my antibody count is fine (that was my problem). Good luck and let us know on your result.

  6. December 20, 2010 9:24 am

    Oh Wow, I’m so glad your dad’s heart problem was discovered in time. Wake-up calls are so scary but eye opening. Wishing him the speediest of recoveries!

  7. December 20, 2010 11:49 am

    So glad your Dad was seen in time before he could have had a heart attack or stroke. Wish him well and I pray for a speedy recovery. Keep up the hard work with your goals. With some hard work it will pay off for you too and who knows, maybe you can say “good-bye” to Synthroid! Oh yeah, Hydration makes all the difference with blood draws and IV placements. As an ER nurse, I see so many people every shift and I can tell you who is drinking enough fluids and who isn’t. 😉

  8. December 20, 2010 12:46 pm

    I know how scary these things can be to shake us into paying attention. My dad has been dealing with some cardiac issues for a year or so now. So glad your dad had such a great doctor.
    Way to go on the hydration! I always end up with the multiple pokes too.

  9. December 20, 2010 12:53 pm

    Wow. So glad your dad is okay and that he understands the changes that he needs to make. Definitely a wake up call, but not just for your family, for ALL of us! We need to do better at taking care of our health!

    And a big WOOHOO! for staying hydrated enough that the nurse noticed!! Yay water!

  10. December 20, 2010 1:58 pm

    So glad your father is OK. My father-in-law had a very similar situation nearly 20 years ago. He’s now had that much more time with his family. Hopefully the same will be true for your dad. Amazing things our hearts! I love that you have found benefits in your own healthy living as well. Way to go!

  11. December 20, 2010 4:42 pm

    Great post Danise! You’re so right, beyond the numbers on the scale, eating healthy, drinking enough water and exercising all are beneficial to your overall health. Thanks for reminding us of that!
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. December 21, 2010 7:34 pm

    I’m glad that your dad is ok and thanks for the reminder that we need to work at being healthy it is a wake up call when someone close to you gets sick have a great week

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