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The Heart of the Matter
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This story is about me and my heart. I went through some heavy duty heart problems followed by surgery earlier in the year. All of it was quite an experience and sometimes pretty overwhelming. In the disease and surgery process, I was not prepared at all for the aftermath in spite of the best efforts of the medical community to help with that. The weakness, dependency, depression and rehabilitation were astonishing, medical miracles and human strength…quite an experience. I often felt like I had vacated my body and someone else had moved in.

As I worked through the recovery and rehabilitation process, I looked everywhere to find anything that people who had gone through the process had to say and found nothing of much value. Most of the medical websites oriented to the public talk way down to you, figuring that we the patients, are not technical (or interested) enough to understand much about medicine, tests, drugs, etc. The more technical medical sites don't have much about how patients react and feel to all that they are anticipating or actually undergoing. I have quite a medical background so I decided to set up a journal with the medical and the personal experiences in it. I read the whole thing several weeks after starting it and decided there might be much to share with people and their loved ones on heart disease and health management relating to that.

Until the heart thing, I ignored the ageing issues, but now … I had to admit to and deal with the fact that I am a SENOR CITIZEN, God forbid. Frankly, the only good thing about the tail end of the ageing process is all the funny jokes I got by email on old people. But, I found that some of the things that I noticed more when I began to pay attention ARE EXTREMELY FUNNY. So I decided to set up a network to share experiences so the whole SENIOR SET can relate and chuckle or laugh out loud.

And, finally, I AM A WOMAN (and no, I am not going to roar), so the whole heart symptom complex is often totally different, chest pain, etc. So, I plan to tell women what the symptoms can be and what to do.

Most of us are more than content to live our lives in some form of denial, believing that things will go on pretty much as they have, that we are immortal, and that bad stuff happens to others. We're not really in touch with our bodies at all. This is a firsthand story about an adventure that will hopefully help others who undergo the same fears, procedures, and life changes that I did. I am a woman - and now a senior citizen (hard to admit that since I don't feel like what I believe a senior probably feels/is like). I lost my parents when I was 13 and from then until now have always pretty much taken care of myself (and whomever else I needed to). I married and had 4 kids and a lot of extra energy so that I was always venturing into some area of business, real estate, pre-school, etc., to augment the family income. It was not always easy to be a woman in business in the '70s, but my sense of humor prevailed over the anger, so I did fine. In the early '70s I started a medical service business doing medical transcription (typing the reports doctors dictate), medical billing and coding. The business was very successful and I ended up selling most of the service part off in 1996 and moving into writing training courses, teaching the stuff we had done as an outsource service. I wrote textbooks for that training and all of it is done on the Internet. I was the very last person on earth that I believed would ever tell a story like this one. I've been involved in medicine for over 40 years, with a better than average understanding of disease, treatment and outcome, and I've been teaching about medicine for many years. Having exhaustively abstracted medical charts (thousands of them), I am a bit skeptical of some of our "technology" advancements and very jaundiced about pharmaceuticals and their (ab)use.

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