12.21.2010

See, It IS Magical

Wow... just wow. 


What started as a wonderful, heart warming Sunday evening quickly changed into one of the scariest moments of my life. Let's start from the beginning: 


My beautiful munchkins were singing in the church Christmas program. It brought tears to my eyes to hear their sweet voices singing about that precious baby born in a manger.




As I was taking in the wonderful performance, my husband grabbed my hand and everything changed...


He said he felt weird, his heart was beating more than 130 bpm, his hands & jaw went numb...


We sat on the front steps of our church with ambulance lights twinkling on the stained glass windows as our children sang their hearts out inside, unaware of the fear and chaos just yards away from them...


*sigh*


As I sat in the ER wondering if my husband had suffered a heart attack my mind was racing. 
I can't lose him! 
Hope there's no permanent heart damage!
Will he be back to normal? 
Could we have prevented this?
What if....... 






It was a rough night. We found out he had arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) and it had just gone haywire. My husband has been a bad boy the last few years. He has a severe case of Sleep Apnea and is supposed to wear a CPAP machine to force oxygen in his lungs while he sleeps. He hasn't worn it for years. (Trust me, this housewife has nagged him to no end about this for a VERY long time) Also, he has very high Cholesterol and hadn't been taking his medicine. BAD HUBBY! Throw all this together with a weeks worth of not much sleep and a stressful time of year and you get to stay at the hospital thinking you are having a heart attack. The kids were in great hands with my parents and came to have meals with us in the hospital.






We are back home now, and very thankful for this "warning sign." My husband is committed to changing his future. He finally understands that taking care of him, is in fact taking care of us. We have started new eating and exercise habits. There is a lot of changes going on around our house, and many new things to learn. God has truly blessed us with open eyes and hearts that can heal. We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season. I think the kids and I will be hugging a special someone a little tighter from now on :)


Up next, the many, many, MANY ways to cook fish. Ha ha
(if you don't get this, wonderful! Those that live with, or know someone with heart problems will understand. You have to eat a LOT of fish!)




au revoir, adieu, ciao, till next time... 
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8 fabulous comments:

kimert said...

WOW! What a scary moment for you guys. I am SO glad to hear with a few small changes he will be OK. Definitely a wake up call and warning sign. So glad to hear you are taking it serious and are working together to make changes! I wish you all the best. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Twinkies said...

So scarey liz. Glad it turned out to be a warning and not a super serious situation. If I come across a good fish recipe I'll send it your way. I do look at this web-site for alot of my meals. They are all healthy,fast and SUPER good. http://www.thecookingguy.com/

Mom24 said...

Oh Lizzie! So scary. I'm very thankful for your happy ending. I hope he continues to be all right.

Tasha said...

OMG...so scary. I'm beyond relieved to hear that your husband is ok. Alright, not to get all weird and hippie on you but...I am feeling like I was *meant* to read your blog post today. The Hubs has not been feeling *right* for a few weeks. Very tired, grumpy, and stressed. He has high BP and has blown off his meds for almost a year. He just finally went to the doc's to renew his scripts, but the new doc blows and he still isn't feeling right. Oh, did I mention he has sever apnea also? I can hardly sleep in the same bed wit him it freaks me out! He refuses to wear a mask (he didn't even tell his doc that he has apnea) but I worry about his heart. A lot. I plan send him this post. (HUG) to you, girl. And thank you. Seriously.

Martha in PA said...

I am thankful that it was an early warning. I can only imagine how scared you were. You do have an extra miracle to be thankful for this Christmas season!

Carrie said...

Oh so scary! It's probably a good place for that to happen at least...so glad the kids didn't have to see how scary it was! It's so easy to take our health for granted until we are reminded of how quickly it can change! So glad he's home and will be okay! Have a wonderful safe and HEALTHY holiday...and do share any healthful tips for us :) Take care! Blessings!

Melissa said...

Yes a big sigh...oh my goodness! So so glad that it turned out this way for you guys...Blessings to you all on your new path, and Merry Christmas to you Lizzie!

Kelly said...

Very scary! I am glad that it turned out well and that healthy choices (as well as hugs, love and togetherness!!) are a part of your family's future.