Monday, July 2, 2012

The Rain Came Down

DH woke up last Tuesday morning at 4:30 with intense chest pain. Got up and tried to walk it off, see if it was heartburn or something. The pain got worse and brought him to his knees. He got dressed and woke me up and told me to get dressed, get Michael (12) down to take care of the baby, and we were going to the ER. By the time we got to the hospital, the pain had subsided so we debated whether to go in. Decided might as well since we were there and the pain was back by the time we got to the check in desk. He was in intense pain the whole time they were getting vitals and history, etc. Gave him baby aspirin and then a nitro. The pain subsided briefly, and we were rehearsing the verses we were memorizing together.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”  Matt. 7:24-25 NIV1984
The pain came back with a vengeance. Second nitro pill and then a nitro drip did not stop it. Cardio doc showed up and was examining when DH's heart rate shot up over 200 and then went into v-fib. Doc called for cart. They told me to leave and they paddled him once and got his heart back to beating more normally. They then rushed him upstairs and he got a stent within the hour. He spent one night at hospital for observation, mainly watching the stent entry site down near his leg for problems. He came home on Wednesday and is supposed to rest for a week before returning to normal activities. He had one 100% blocked artery which they were able to get 100% open. Since he got to the hospital so quickly and the major stuff happened there, the doc thinks his heart muscle is just stunned and should completely recover. God has taken care of us. I believe He was responsible for waking DH up in time. They said if it had happened at home, he probably would not have survived for 911 to get there in time.