Last Sunday night 4/17 I began realizing that I was having some chest pains at about bed time. All I had been doing for several hours before was watching TV. I took a nitro pill and then 15 minutes later I took another. Then I had my wife take me to the hospital (about 3 miles away). The pain went away while I was in the waiting room, but my EKG wasn't quite right, so they kept me.
On Monday my heart doctor (know him well) did a catheterization of my heart and added another stent to my collection. During this surgery my heart stopped beating and they had to shock it into beating again. When I came to my tongue was swollen and hurt significantly, but I wasn't sure why because I wasn't there when it happened. I believe that I bit my tongue when they shocked my heart into beating again. This is a first for me. I've never left in the middle of the surgery before. I've had considerable difficulty eating all week, but I'm doing much better now and my tongue is a normal pink color again.
I had triple bypass and a valve repair back in Feb 2000, and this is my 4th trip back since then, each time after the 2000 trip was just for collecting additional stent hardware. I now have 6 of them. This one, and the last two, were installed through the artery in my left wrist, which is now very bruised and with a Band-Aid covering the tiny wound under my wrist watch. I was back home Wednesday, dealing with visiting relatives and friends from all over this half of the country who wanted to make sure in their own minds that I'm OK again.
I saw my heart doctor again yesterday and he cleared me for work. I'm 74 and retired, but recently took a job with the city. I'm running the small scale C P Huntington amusement park sized train in the city park this year (one of 6 railroad workers for the park train and the soon to be complete new carousel). I've always loved trains and carousels, so this job is for fun and I don't even care if they don't pay me (please don't tell them that). I also design and build exhibits for the State Science Museums part time. I hate doing nothing, but hate watching daytime TV even more, and I've had my fill of both since all this started. I love my active retirement and I'm glad that I can keep doing it.
Attached are pictures of the train and carousel.