Wednesday, June 15, 2011

know your numbers

My dad had quadruple bypass surgery on Friday morning. I don't think I've ever been so emotionally taxed. There was a phone that rang in the cv-icu {cardiovascular-icu} waiting room every time the nurses/doctors wanted to tell a family something that was going on with their patient. It was nerve-wracking - to say the least - to wait for that phone to ring with updates on my dad's surgery. 

I'm thankful for the Lord who has healed my dad's body and forever grateful for the doctors and nurses who did what they needed to do to save his life. I have an entire new respect for those who have the pressure to save lives. My dad went into cardiac arrest right as they started the surgery and the doctors had to do cpr for 6 minutes. We were told that if this heart attack happened anywhere else, we wouldn't even have had time to call 911 before he died. Praise the Lord for healing his body. He came home yesterday. The nurses said that my dad could be a poster child for this surgery, and it is only a miracle that he is doing as well as he is. 

There are typically 5 factors that can cause heart disease/issues: cholesterol, high blood pressure, diet/exercise, use of tobacco products, or genetics. My dad unfortunately falls into a tiny sliver of the 18% of people who have pure genetic issues and only 5% of those end up having surgery. Not only has this "thing" brought on a new appreciation for family and life, but it has changed the way I think about general health and genetics. When I asked one of the doctors what we can do to stay in the know about our genetics and health, he said that it's important to know your numbers. Know your genetic history and take it seriously. Know your cholesterol, blood pressure, and sugar levels. Take a stress test. Most of the time an EKG cannot tell you what a stress-test can. My dad was doing a stress-test when his heart rate fell. A normal heart rate will rise with exercise. I don't want to get too preachy - but it's important to know your numbers.

Now I need to go and take care of my papa; we'll talk again soon. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey! I love the table. your place looks great. If that jar were at our house it would be filled with cheetos or chocolate but I think you can find something more suitable


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