Heart Health is imperative for you to live a long and healthy life. This guess post will tell you what can happen when you don’t take care of your heart.
“Respect Your Elders”
By Lamar Coaston Jr.
January 1st, 2019 was a life-changing day for me, I had been suffering the previous 3 weeks from what I perceived as a cold. Much to my surprise, upon visiting the Emergency Department of Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fl. It was determined that there was water on my heart and lungs, After further testing and a “Pacemaker” check, it was also found out that sometime during the past week, I had suffered a mild “Heart Attack”
After admittance to a room, and before the scheduled surgery, I noticed something very “eye opening.” On this particular floor, there were quite a few people most of whom were elderly walking around the corridors on walkers at a reasonably moderate pace. These seniors had just undergone the same surgery that I was about to have and they were back on their feet shortly after procedure. As a matter of fact, the nurses had me walking around the corridor before surgery as with all patients, I guess to get them geared to a “Speedy Recovery”.
Seeing them was the motivating and determining factor that made me feel “If they can do this at their age, so can I” I must admit, I had no Idea what I was about to encounter. I had to first undergo surgery to unblock my right carotid artery which was 99% blocked. Three days later I underwent a “Triple Bypass”, this was the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced in life. This experience also made me realize that there are angels around us, especially in those people who are dedicated to taking care of people in my condition. The entire staff was purposed to save lives. After surgery I encountered complications as a result of the anesthesia, it was at this point I also realized the most important thing in life was “Human Interaction”. Just imagine being in a room full of people, hearing everyone around you, and not being able to utter a single word.
I tried without success that day to only want to hold a hand, no matter who it was!
After my release from the hospital, I had already made up my mind that I was going to participate in the “Cardiac Rehab” program. Low and behold, on my first visit there was something that stood out. The majority of the patients that were enrolled in the program were, “You Guessed It!” The Elders. This brought me to the conclusion of knowing why it is ingrained in us when we are young to “Respect Your Elders”. Not only because it is right, but they are a shining example of life and most importantly, we too will be Elders one Day! Take care of your heart and don’t forget to tell an elderly person you respect and appreciate them today! (Hugging Is Optional).