>>>What life changes have you made? Change in diet, exercise more, meditation, yoga, etc.<<<
Well I was always pretty mellowed out and exercised etc...My heart attack/cardiac arrest was caused strictly by my HRT and I had none of the normal health/diet problems that one needs to change afterwards. But just to be on the safe side I`ve gotten alittle more strict on my diet as far as fats,cholesterol etc
>>>Sounds if, you had the anxiety...do you still?. If, so was it med's, faith, family, friends etc. that helped you to overcome?<<<
Most of my anxiety was from when I would have symptoms that were similar to those I had the morning of my attack and I`d get scared. Then of course I would play the events of that morning over and over in my mind. It was such a close call. I was actually clinically "dead" for several minutes so that had a big effect on my attitude in life and I think just the thankfulness of still being here and having a second chance kept me from getting to depressed and helped me have a positive attitude.
>>>Somedays, I have such a hard time just getting out of the bed.
Then, other days...it seems like whole thing was just a bad dream.<<<
A few people on some of the boards I`ve posted on wanted to "forget the whole thing" etc but I`m of the opposite belief. I never want to forget what a close call I had or lose that feeling of happiness and joy I felt at the littlest things when I first came home from the hospital. I used to get angry over little things but when I first got out I was smiling all the time and didn`t care about traffic or whatever. I think lots of people feel that way at first but slowly the slip back into old habits and that feeling of having a second chance fades and that`s sad to me
>>>Also, how often do you see your provider for tests and such?
Sorry, for all the questions. Trying to get some insight from someone who has gone before me. Think, I'm just trying to put all of this in some kind of order, that I can accept.<<<
I go and see my doctor on Nov 1st and if all looks ok I won`t go back for a year. Other than taking my medications there really isn`t anything else they can do for me at this time or no need for any tests unless i have some sort of problem. When I first got out I was seeing a bunch of people as I was in fairly bad shape and was on a bunch of meds but I recovered pretty good and in that respect I am luckier than most. It`s odd in a way. I had a pretty bad heart attack but my health problems afterwards are a lot less than people who had milder heart attacks. I guess because theirs were caused by a lifetime of poor diet and poor over all health
>>>Does it anger you, that your provider didn't explain all he/she should have?<<<
I don`t know if I was ever angry. Annoyed maybe ..But I`m sure they do it all day and they`ve seen it all and heard it all so much that when someone asks a question they may know it`s not that important and treat it as such or shrug it off. The best thing we can do is make sure we go in there with any questions we have written down and get as detailed as we can about symptoms or concerns. Nurses are usually much more thoughtful and willing to spend time explaining stuff.
Anyway please feel free to ask as many questions as you wish of anyone here. Also feel free to send me an e-mail anytime..My e-mail addy is in my profile..I know you are new so you may not have seen my long story about the morning I had my heart attack I posted awhile ago..You can search for it on here or I can e-mail you a copy if you`d like to read it..Have a nice day!