Posted 12/10/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -6)
I am wondering if anyone else suffers from this? By doing research online this is what I think my dh is going through and we are getting desperate for something that might relieve his symptoms somewhat.
Background on my husband: He is 50 years old, had triple bypass surgery in 2002, had a mild heart attack in 2008 (one week before our son got married). When it comes to heart disease his genetics are terrible on both his mother and his father's side. His father died of a heart attack in his 70's, his brother dies of a massive heart attack at 54. He has also learnt that many uncles have died at an early age from heart related issues. When he has his heart attack in 2008 the did another angiogram and said that the arteries that they replaced in 2002 were clogging again and that at this time he is not a candidate for surgery.
These angina pains at rest are something that has been happening for about 2 weeks now. His doctor upped his strength of nitro patch but that hasn't seemed to help. He has also adjusted a couple other of his medications but that isn't helping either. The adjustments are relatively new so maybe we just haven't given them enough time. He is awaken between 2 - 4 times a night with the angina pain, uses is nitro spray and they subside. I jokingly told him that this is just like having a new baby in the house that wakes every couple of hours to eat. Needless to say the interrupted sleep is starting to tell on the both of us.
Because of his genetics I do worry about how much time we will have together. I find myself praying each time he wakes in the night that the pain subsides and we will have another day. We are expecting a grandchild in June and I pray that he is here to see the baby. I find myself worrying about the phone call that I just might have to make to our kids. Last night was particularly bad for me as after his first pain I could not get to sleep and then my mind started going and I was thinking of all the what ifs and of how even though we have been married for 30 years it just hasn't been enough time together.
Just looking for some advice, reassurance I guess.
51 year old woman, married 30 years. 27 yr old son married to a wonderful woman. 7 year old grandson with new baby due the end of June! 24 yr old daughter living with her fantastic boyfriend.
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