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    Default Here I am...Kicking and Alive

    Last friday my son Jacob and I went to do a water line foundation break about 20 miles from my home...All went well pigtailing out of the foundation with 3/4 K copper and packjointing back on to the polly that had broken right at the foundation...we started at about 10 AM or so and pulled away from the job at about 3 PM...traveling home I was about 1 mile from my exit when I started getting extreem pressure on my chest...but that was the only symptom...I told my son I was going to go to the hospital which was at the next exit up about 4-5 miles to the emergency room doors from where we were and if I passed out to take the wheel and keep going...He said pull over and he would drive but I didn't want to take the time...I made it to the emergency room and got out...that was the last thing I remember until I came to with a forced breathing tube in me keeping me alive...they had to restrain me because I started kicking and trying to remove the tube...so they upped my Diprovan (Michael Jackson) and put me back out...next thing I remember was waiking up at 2AM monday with a different breathing tube in me...after a couple hours they removed it...and I just got out today Thrusday...My heart stopped 3 times and they had to use 200 Jewles by-phase on the paddles to get it started all three times...I had 100% blockage on the main artery...it is called a widow maker heart attack...because it is so rare to come through it...they told me that since the Hospital opened about 2 years ago I was the only one they can remember making it through...

    Just a little up date for ya all...now I am going to go lay down and rest.

    Cass
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    200 joules equals the energy dumped into a person by three 45 cal. handgun bullets or three fatal doses of radiation. I didn't think those machines went that high.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defibrillation

    I'd say they had just about given up on you.

    Do your chest muscles hurt from this?

    If the hospital will tell you how many heart attack patients they see in two years you can literally compute your odds of having survived this.
    If you're 50, you almost became the 0.6% of 50 yr. olds who don't get to see 51.
    http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4c6.html

    Since I prefer to die with my boots on I hope I opt for the three bullets.
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    Pretty scary.
    I'm glad you made it though.

    Dang, you're just a year younger then me.

    I've been taking fish oil capsules lately.
    And eating more fish.

    Ok, I forgot this morning, thanks for the reminder.
    Way more to think about as we get older.

    It's nice you had your son there to help out.
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    Cass~~

    I am going to rub your head and buy a lottery ticket! You are the luckiest man in the world.


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    Glad to see you made it, now the hard part; amending your lifestyle/diet to hopefully avoid a repeat.
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    Stats wise, this won't happen again, he really has no worries. He will go for regular check-ups and scans, and will have continued good health.

    Just a tidbit of info here for anyone interested, Aspirin has many benefits, including not only for the heart but for the colon as well.

    Keep kicking Cass! You rock!
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    Talking Cass, glad you are alive

    I think that is what is called a "wake up call"

    you were really very lucky..... have they done a stint or something like that to you..???

    did you see a white light or something??

    please try to take care of yourself...



    on a more personal note...

    They put me on colestoral and high blood pressure medicine back in april....
    I was weighing in at 205... and I was wheezeing like an old mule

    then my wife and sister forced me to go on a jenny Craig diet
    and basically pestered me every day since about my wieght

    and now I am down to 186... and I am trying to get down to 175

    went to the doctors on tuesday and he cut the blood pressur med to half....

    I feel a lot better too...

    every day this week I have installed 3 water heaters...
    today two water softernes and one heater.....



    I think if it were not for the diet I would be in deep trouble too...


    try to take care of yourself,
    pace yourself...take it easy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatguy View Post
    http://www.askbootshealth.com/__data...01_default.gif

    200 joules equals the energy dumped into a person by three 45 cal. handgun bullets or three fatal doses of radiation. I didn't think those machines went that high.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defibrillation

    I'd say they had just about given up on you.

    Do your chest muscles hurt from this?

    If the hospital will tell you how many heart attack patients they see in two years you can literally compute your odds of having survived this.
    If you're 50, you almost became the 0.6% of 50 yr. olds who don't get to see 51.
    http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/STATS/table4c6.html

    Since I prefer to die with my boots on I hope I opt for the three bullets.
    I am 56 so the odds were even less that I would make it....I have a lot of fractured ribs from the CPR they gave me...pretty good pain when I cough ...the CPR doc. cam up to see me and he told me that while he was giving me the CPR he looked over at my son who was watching and thought of his own and said nope this guy has to make it....I'm not giving up...the 200 Jewels is the max. the machine will put out...but being by-phase it is 200 / phase...I think I will pass on the .45s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    I am 56
    a lot of fractured ribs from the CPR they gave me
    pretty good pain when I cough
    this guy has to make it
    I will pass on the .45s
    Well, I hope you outlive your allotted 24 more years. . .I've got 18 more.
    Of course, if we survive the hazards between now and then we get a few more years. At age 105 we get one more year!

    Yes, Cookie, that's the book. This author introduced me to Karl Popper's idea of falsifiability, and for that I thank him.
    On the cover, the woman on the right who is leaving. . .? I always wondered what the rest of her looks like. I don't think I'll find out, though. . .
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    The Mayo Clinic a couple of years ago, wanted all those BP machines removed because the owners do not calibrate them like they should be. Just a word of warning not to rely entirely, on those, ok.
    I can't agree more. I have had readings of over 200 over something on those purely because I do not like the feeling (of stopping the blood flow in my arm, which I find creepy) and flinch.

    I insist now on a doctor or nurse taking my blood pressure manually, where they can check and recheck by releasing a little pressure and pumping up again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    Last friday my son Jacob and I went to do a water line foundation break about 20 miles from my home...All went well pigtailing out of the foundation with 3/4 K copper and packjointing back on to the polly that had broken right at the foundation...we started at about 10 AM or so and pulled away from the job at about 3 PM...traveling home I was about 1 mile from my exit when I started getting extreem pressure on my chest...
    Squatting or even sitting and bending over to do work in that kind of position also causes me trouble ... but if I then stand erect and stretch my shoulders and arms back to expand my chest, the pain usually goes away quickly.

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    Just a recomendation my friend but you may want to go and have a stress test done so as to not end up like I did / almost did...us guys are hard headed and will make excuses for not going to the DR. when we should...

    Quote Originally Posted by leejosepho View Post
    Squatting or even sitting and bending over to do work in that kind of position also causes me trouble ... but if I then stand erect and stretch my shoulders and arms back to expand my chest, the pain usually goes away quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    Just a recomendation my friend but you may want to go and have a stress test done so as to not end up like I did / almost did...us guys are hard headed and will make excuses for not going to the DR. when we should...
    Yes, I have a voluntary one coming up in about a month. I failed the last one about six months ago and refused more "band-aid" angioplasty, so this one will tell whether I have made any real progress via the diet-and-exercise department!

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    I really do love your comparision of plumbing and the heart, it works for me, so, I am going to ask you, you are on draino right? or that foaming stuff, not that copper sulfate, lol, but the good stuff. They got good stuff out now for draining the veins Joe. Cass is on one, too.

    Cass is right too, men are hardheaded, so keep that apt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    I really do love your comparision of plumbing and the heart, it works for me, so, I am going to ask you, you are on draino right?
    Grapefruit pectin, and I have experimented a bit with chelation.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    They got good stuff out now for draining the veins Joe. Cass is on one, too.
    Please enlighten me! I have read books and looked around a lot, and I have yet to hear of any medication for actually cleaning existing blockages in arteries or veins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cookie View Post
    Cass is right too, men are hardheaded, so keep that apt.
    You bet!

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