August 22, 2003
hadn't felt good all afternoon - had a sandwich earlier in the day that had onion bits toasted on the bun, so I thought it was that - heartburn. went to bed that night, but it woke me up about an hour later - asked my husband what heartburn felt like since I've never had it except when I was pregnant. he told me it just kind of burns - to go in and sit in the living room - don't drink anything with carbonation or caffeine and don't have any cigarrettes. so I got a glass of ice water, went in and sat down, turned on the TV and had a sip of water - then had a couple more sips. I put the glass down, and this big huge elephant sat on my chest and the nausea hit. as I was flying through the house to the bathroom - I yelled at him to get dressed, we were going to the hospital. had my head hanging out the door all the way to the hospital - about 15 blocks - but this is a small town. when we got there, I told them it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, but they insisted on giving me this stuff for heartburn. that's the last thing I remember for 10 hours - when I "came to" they told me I had had a heart attack and the area that was affected had 45% damage. transferred to a different hospital and was in the cardiac cath lab within 15 minutes - prepped and there.
scariest thing that has ever happened to me in my life