I don't understand why the Dr's didn't catch this when I first went in over eight months ago. It boggles my mind but the important thing to be thankful for is that the disease was caught, and fixed. I'm no expert on symptoms of heart disease but let me give you the symptoms I experienced.
Exhaustion. I couldn't walk up or down or driveway without stopping to catch my breath and let my heart settle down. I could barely pull a cart at work without feeling like my heart would explode.
Cold sweats. It didn't take but a few minutes at work before I was dripping in sweat from my brow. I normally told people something like this, "gosh, it's hot in here...are you hot also?"
Nausea and sickness after I ate. After I ate my lunch at work my team partner new I would be sick within minutes. This wasn't just sick but this was 15-30 minutes of violently feeling ill. There were many times at home, and as a matter of fact, this happened the night before my surgery, but I would go up and lie down in my bed because I was so sick and nauseated from eating. Any of you readers who might know what was going on here leave me a comment because I can only guess as to what was happening. My guess is this. When you eat your body goes into high gear to try and process or digest the food. My heart simply did not have the blood pumping capacity needed to carry out the needs the body had. Just guessing here.
I never felt any pain in any of my arms. I did self medicate myself with aspirin. I'm not sure why but I guess perhaps in the back of my mind I thought an aspirin couldn't hurt anything.
Exhaustion, Cold Sweats, and Nausea were my heart symptoms. So, where am I at now? One word, Rehab. I began Heart Rehabilitation on December 21. This is a 12 week program which will take me all the way up to my return to work. Rehabilitation is important and I'm happy to be participating. Depending on the nature of your injury or surgery will designate the program the Rehab center chooses for you. I'm attending Gordon Hospital Rehab Services here in GA.
The first two weeks are somewhat slow as they begin to build you up, get you used to the equipment and give you 15 minutes of education each session. I attend three one hour sessions each week. I am now finished with my education and we are kicked into high gear. I work out on the tread-mill for 40 minutes, I work on stretching, joint movement, strength exercises and balance exercise the remaining 20 minutes. I've learned that if I show up about 15 minutes early I get an extra 15 minutes of exercise.
Those of you who have been in rehab understand some of the basics. All heart patients are monitored the entire session. It's a bit awkward to carry the monitoring device around in your pocket with five leads attached to your torso but it's for my own good. Your blood pressure is taken before and after your session. Your weight is recorded and each patient works directly with their physical therapists.
So my friends, that's it in a nutshell. I'm on the mend and on my off days I work out at home. I don't have a tread-mill but I have the great outdoors and I have a bunch of other exercise equipment. The rest of this post is pictures to give you a visual. Thanks again for all your support.
|I put my monitor in the cup holder of the tread-mill, my iPhone is in the other cupholder.|
|This is a row of bikes with and the first three have swivel seats for easy access for patients with leg, knee or other injuries|
|There is plenty of monitoring equipment available|
|Next week I begin serious weight training but currently I only use the rubber band style equipment|
|I use this equipment to help me with my balancing exercises|
|My favorite Tread-Mill|
|I begin to use the weight training equipment next week|
Jan 14, 2012 - I started four different exercises this week dealing with 20, 40 and 50 pounds. I'm excited
|This is the heart monitor I attach before each session|