By way of background, in the morning of last Saturday (2009 02 14) I became rudely interrupted by a serious heart attack, was transported to the University of Alberta Hospital, underwent coronary angioplasty, had a blockage removed in one of my coronary arteries, a stent inserted, and am now back home.
I will be writing up a few observations about the experience as time goes by.
Before I do that, Ruth and I would like to thank all of you for your concern and the real help you all provided. Beyond any doubts, even though we are not necessarily physically close to one another, we are connected in heart and in spirit.
For me, the first new thing and application of one the rules I now must be careful about: DO NOT drink “FiveAliveCitrusFruit”. It contains grapefruit juice. That interferes with one of the medications I must take on a daily basis from now on.
Ruth and I both woke up just after 2 a.m.. Ruth gave me some of that citrus-fruit juice but then came back to tell me about the dangers posed by grape-fruit juice. Sure enough the juice did contain grape-fruit juice, and I am not allowed to drink even a drop of that.
At any rate, in spite of all the technological features, bells and whistles that the hospital bed I occupied for the last five days was equipped with, my own bed at home provides a far superior aspect: comfort, to which I shall now return.
Walter (and Ruth)
Deaths from Heart- and Cardiovascular Diseases — The Hype and the Truth, by Walter Schneider, 2002 02 25 —The article debunks some misperceptions about incidence rates for heart disease (alleged to be the #1 killer of women but in reality a far more prolific killer of men.)