A small vein on the outside of my heart failed to let sufficient blood through. It eas just a tiny blockage but it was enough to cause some muscle to fibrillate and therefore the whole system failed to pump blood to itself or the rest of the body/.
I was in a coma for a few days and can only go n what is reported to me third or fourth hand. ButI understand that I passed out of slipped off the unicycle or whatever right in front of a GP. There were also two cops within a couple of minutes of me and a nurse also came into the picture. CPR is a highly energetic activity which so a team of this size and a short interval was my greatest fortune. It also means that ischemic attack was minimal to nothing so I have pretty much all muy heart muscle intact.
A long second affecting the favourable outcome was my otherwise good health.
The MRI indicated a tiny bit of scar in my brain from an earlier unnoticed stroke but further sscans have indicated that there is nothing in blood flow that makes it's any more likely that I will happen. Sometimes it just happens they tell me.
I am now good though I am told to avoid any heavy work for a couple more days due the small risk of an undiscovered temporary clot being in the vein in my arm where the stent was inserted. My chest also hurts like hell if i sneeze (and I mean REALLY LIKE HELL!) and it is bit uncomfortable to get up out of a chair or roll over in bed and I have had to develop my own techniques to reduce this. Broken ribs and so forth.
I have an info session tomorrow but on Friday I will be riding into Sassys at last part way. I had a short ride this afternoon to make sure that there were no balance issues. Expect to see me on my usual routes an distances soon as possible after that.
I have to take a handful of drugs every morning and evening for a short while. After that I expect only to be on low dose thinners for life (modified aspirin) to keep platelets from clogging up the tiny stent that the body will see for wha t it is - a foreign body to be defended against.
- You can seem totally healthy and still be bitten.
- It takes a team to keep a person alive with CPR so that they not only survive but do with with the minimum of of permanent damage .Brush up on your CPR.
- Thanks to all those helped me in th street.
- Thanks to all those professionals in the CCU at RPH.