Thursday, November 10, 2011

Counting My Blessings

I had a heart attack last weekend.

I am now at home recovering.    It will take me some time to get back to my previous level of social media involvement.    But today,  I find myself wanting to count my blessings and give thanks for them.

I am extremely grateful to the staff at St. Clare's hospital here in Lakewood and St. Joseph's hospital in Tacoma.    I feel so blessed by all of the help and kindness I received every step along the way.    I am also grateful to the Pierce County MedEvac guys who rushed me from the ER at St. Clare's to the Cath Lab at St. Joe's.   They couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.

The cardiologist and the team at St. Joe's Cath Lab worked really hard to make me comfortable and proceeded immediately with the cardiac catheterization procedure.     I feel as though I was very lucky in that using angioplasty and placing a stent they were able to resolve my heart problems without need for further surgery.

I am so grateful to my huzband,  Ron,  who was such a huge help.   I am so happy and grateful to be back at home with him.       I am grateful for the insulin and other meds the hospital gave me to take home with me.    My blood sugar is down to 240 today and I expect that with continuing to take my Lantis every day it will be down to a normal range in less than a week.     I was also thrilled that my blood pressure in the hospital was normal every time they checked it after the procedure.    

The smaller good news is that my cardiologist is also affiliated with the clinic I had been going to.   The doctor told me to just ignore the nasty letters from billing and make an appointment and get seen.    So Ron is going to call and try to schedule that next week.    I also have a follow up visit with the cardiologist scheduled for 11/22.

The big good news is that my two year waiting period for Medicare is about to end.  We expect we will get the letter/enrollment package any day now and I will probably be covered on Medicare from Jan 1.    

I am so grateful for all of the love and light that has been put in my path this week.     I am sleeping a lot, taking my medicine and doing my best to recover.       I will be back to social media as soon as I can.