Posted 12/2/2017 1:35 PM (GMT -6)
I am a 65 year old female and I suffered a Takotsubo event 7/27/17. Before I talk about that I would like to briefly fill you in about myself. I have several conditions that I am on meds for (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol to name a few). One significant thing to mention is that I have duodenal ulcers that were discovered when I had a colonoscopy that never caused me any problems, at least not that I knew of. That fact that this did not happen me 6 years ago is what is crazy. On 6/20/11 my 34 year old son died in a car accident, then on 9/14/11 my stepson died of an aortic tear. My stepson was alone with his 6&8 year old sons since he was divorced. The 6 year old was the one that found him dead in the bathtub. My husband got co-guardianship of the boys which means he has driven 12 hours to NC every 9 weeks to pick them up, bring them here and then drive them home 3 weeks later (they have year round school). I will call the 6yr. old C. C always had behavior problems even before his dad died. Things have only gotten worse over the last 6 years, but his mother wasn’t grasping the seriousness of it. I always let my husband deal with it. I was getting concerned as he was approaching his teen years and his attitude was getting worse. Several months ago I had mentioned to my Dr. that I had chest pain when I laid down and he said it was most probably from the ulcers. On 7/27/16 my daughter and grandsons were visiting when C and his brother were here. We were up late and C didn’t know we were in the living room when he came sneaking down the stairs. So the next day when I heard of a few incidents that his cousins observed, one including razor blades I was truly alarmed. My husband had spoken to him about the incidents. When I woke up about midnight and saw C’s light on I really thought I could handle it without waking my husband. He was exhausted and sound asleep. When I asked C what was up, the attitude and the sound in his voice gave me chills. When I asked why he couldn’t do the right things he said “I’m trying”. and I said “you’re not trying hard enough” and stormed out the door! The pain in my chest was instantaneous!!! I thought maybe it was my ulcers, but it kept getting worse. I finally woke my husband. He gave me some low dose aspirin and waited a few more minutes, but then I started vomiting and we went to the ER. The ambulance took me to the hospital and it was a few hours later they diagnosed the Takotsubo. I was in ICU for 4 days. The really amazing part of my story is no.1 I am completely healed after 3 months on warfarin. I only had to see the cardiologist 2 times and he said I am no longer in need of his services. But, the best thing that has come from it is that C’s mother finally was able to see that C is a very troubled young man and she is co-operating in getting him into some intensive counseling. Hopefully he will be able to get well and I can honestly say that I am happy this happened to me for his sake and thankful it wasn’t any worse!