Broken Heart Syndrome, it's a real thing.
I recently had, what is called Broken Heart Syndrome.
I have never heard of this before.
It imitates a heart attack.
Tom and I went camping with our son and his family in
Hood River, Oregon.
I was so excited to see them, for it had been many months.
Mt Hood in Oregon
Friday night we set up camp, and enjoyed a few hours just the two of us.
Todd and family pulled in a few hours later.
Look how big they have grown.
Trey is 9 years old.
Scarlett is 6 years old
Huxley is now 2!
It was so good to see them.
The next morning Tom and I were enjoying our morning coffee.
I let Scarlett (5yrs.) take Banjo for a walk. I tied the leash to her wrist, so if she let go, the dog was still attached. She went a little too far for my liking so I went looking to bring them back.
I noticed two women walking their dog, a large Pit Bull. They were coming towards Scarlett and Banjo.
The next few minutes are still a blur.
The Pit Bull attacked Banjo.
The women couldn't get control of this huge dog.
The Pit had Banjo by the neck and was swinging him around like a rag doll.
Scarlett screaming, Banjo yelping and crying, the two ladies yelling and screaming.
So much commotion.
Things were happening fast but in slow motion.
I knew I had to get Scarlett untied because she was being pulled towards the dogs.
I got Scarlett untied!
It had to be God who was with me because I don't remember how I untied the leash.
Todd and Tom came flying down the hill!
Todd picked up the Pit by the collar and lifted him up in the air.
The Pit let go of Banjo!
Todd scooped up Banjo and gave him to me.
I held him and checked him over...
NO BLOOD or wounds!!!
God blessed us!
I carried him back up the hill to our camp site.
My heart began to hurt!
I kept touching my chest and
checking out Banjo.
My heart really hurt!
I put Banjo down on our bed inside the RV.
I went outside and laid down on a blanket.
Still touching my chest because it hurt.
I got up and sat in a chair.
I asked for some aspirin, nobody had any.
The Warden came by and said to go to the hospital.
Todd and Tom quickly packed up our camp site and off we went.
It was 9:00 am when I checked into the emergency room.
I told them what had happened earlier with the dogs.
I was rushed into a room and was given an X-ray.
The ER Dr. came in and YES, there was damage to my heart.
More tests, blood drawn.
We waited and waited.
While we waited, I looked down at my dirty feet.
Mind you, I was still in my camping PJ's and without shoes.
Tom jumped in and
WASHED MY FEET!
I was admitted to a room. More tests.
More discussion of what to do.
The Dr. explained that I needed to go to a bigger hospital,
where I could get an Angiogram to see if I needed stints or an operation.
This hospital didn't have the equipment.
It was a 25 bed hospital.
The Dr. suggested I go to Portland.
I didn't want to go there! I wanted to go home!
She said it was too dangerous to drive all the way back home.
It was a six hour drive!
(What was I thinking!!)
The Dr. had to leave and go home.
Tom needed to get back to the RV to check on Banjo
and get some sleep.
So I prayed!
I remembered someone saying to pray for very, specific, requests
So I did.
I needed to know where I was going.
I didn't want to choose or decide, which hospital, and where.
When I looked up there were several EMT's at the foot of my bed,
with a gurney.
One gentleman said, "You're going to Portland."
I asked, "When?"
He said, "NOW!"
This was Sunday, about 1:00 in the morning.
Tom was sleeping in the parking lot with Banjo.
I asked it I could call Tom.
"No, the nurse will tell him."
I was wheeled down to an ambulance, and then to a medivac helicopter!
A HELICOPTER !!!
We arrived in the receiving room.
I was praying a lot.
One thing I prayed for was a soft, comfortable bed. My prayer was answered.
I was given the most comfortable bed.
(My bed at the first hospital hurt my back and neck.)
When I was taken off the gurney, they plopped me on the softest bed!
It felt like a cloud!
God is good!
Tom eventually arrived with Banjo, in Portland.
I was hooked up to all kinds of devices.
Blood was taken regularly and checked.
My heart was being monitored around the clock.
And I was scheduled for an Angiogram.
I had my procedure on Monday.
As it turned out, they went through my wrist and not my leg.
THEY DIDN'T SEE ANY CLOGGED ARTERIES!
I had Broken Heart Syndrome!
Hmmm... sounds good to me!
No heart attack!
Afterwards I was able to walk around and I was finally able to eat a meal!
I just had to get a picture of my
I was discharged on Wednesday.
Here we are, happily, heading Home.
Laughing, crying and reminiscing about All that had happened.
There was so much more to this adventure.
So many things I wanted to share.
But the one thing I must share is this,
God was with me from the very beginning.
Banjo didn't get hurt,
answering specific prayers,
finding no permanent damage to my heart and
having people back home praying for me.
I am blessed!
And I want to tell you, that Tom is my hero!
Kimmy is my champion, with constant phones calls of encouragement and wisdom.
Mark blessed us by driving all the way over, to pick up Banjo and take him back home.
And I'm recovering well.
God is so good!