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Okay, Here’s the Story with my Heart Pt. 1…11/7/2017

If you go back into my history, of eating, there were times I probably could have eaten better, but for the most part, I have always kept tabs on what I eat. Especially, when it comes to my family history of blood pressure and heart disease. I’ve always had some kind of predisposition.

This popped up in my Facebook feed, and realized that I’ve seen all of these studies during my years. It isn’t like I wasn’t devoid of information and didn’t try to follow what the experts were saying.

However, after 43 years of okay eating, okay exercise, and some form of shift work in the prior 20 years, I had a heart attack. It was mild-ish. I qualify the severity a bit. I knew the information about aspirin and the heart.  I used to teach CPR/AED for my NWS Office, so I knew some of the symptoms to look out for. In my estimation, it may have been a bit more severe, since my cardiologist told me, when I relayed the story of the prior week of my heart attack, he told me, “You probably saved your life,” with the Aspirin I was ingesting through the week.

This lead to my first heart catheterization and stent insertion of my right coronary artery. I have been on a diet, exercise, and drug plan since to keep me from having any more blockages. As far as it looks, things were going along well, until about two months ago. I began to notice some of the same precursors as before, so I called my cardiologist and described my symptoms, and said, “Something has changed recently.” So she said we needed not another stress test, but a heart cath. I think she thought, as did I, that another stent was probably going to be needed. As it turned out, something a little more aggressive was going to be needed.

While I have been away from Facebook

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An interesting thing has taken place while away from Facebook, I have been reading. Not just the blogs, although since my netbook has been underperforming, I have been reading books. I finished Youth Ministry 3.0 and am over halfway through The Year of Living Like Jesus. Wow, and I have rested! So I haven’t fallen asleep while reading either. Can’t wait for The Gospel According to Moses. That looks good too.

Some new goals

j0312654In an effort to get my health back on track, I am beginning to set some goals.

  1. Walk 5 times a week.
  2. Run 5 times a week.
  3. Hike the North Country National Scenic Trail in Charlevoix County.
  4. Hike the North Country National Scenic Trail in Emmet County.
  5. Go back to North Manitou Island, this time for a week.

That’s good for now.