A brief summary: 3 nights ago, MiL complained of chest pain radiating to the right arm. Although the common symptoms for a heart attack are supposed to have the pain radiating to the left arm, I have read about that “anomaly” so we decided not to take chances and take her straight to the ER since she was alert and mobile.


She had a euphemistically called “cardiac event.”  EKG showed OK but some enzymes that indicated heart attack were off the chart. They found enough blockage in three valves that they pretty much nailed her ass to a bed, started a course of meds and then talked about going open heart surgery. On this last bit I went: Are they fucking nuts? she is 83 years old!  She won’t make it through surgery. Some other invasive surgery was also brought to the table, but finally the head cardiac doc said she will get stents because the surgeries are too risky. If anything, this is just another of the many examples that reinforce my distrust in the infallibility of the medical profession. Hell, I’ll be surprised if they get 50% right.

I recking they will do the arterial rooto-rooter today or maybe tomorrow. The missus is glued to her side and knowing her, she is not having a swell time. She got some training dealing with my mom, so at least she knows how things can go (good or bad) but I hate the fact I can’t be there with her because of my job.

My job, you ask. I will keep my long-standing policy of not sharing anything about the job I am doing, especially since I am bound by Federal law. I can share that is VERY satisfying and I can in a roundabout way serve my country. And that is all you get to know, or I will share in these pages or any social media.

I figure things will get back to a semblance of “New Normal” (I could not help myself) next week.

Thank you everybody for the best wishes.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

7 thoughts on “Quick Update – still in family emergency mode”
  1. Kudos to you for being aware it might be heart related even though the “wrong” arm was affected. Prayers for all of you to get through this and end up healthy and sane on the other side.

  2. We covered in our First-Aid/CPR class, it’s starting to be recognized that heart attack symptoms manifest differently in women than in men. Our instructor said that men’s heart attack pain tends to be more localized on the left chest and shoulder, but in women pain in the right shoulder/arm, and even up in the neck or down to the hips and thighs, is not unusual.

    Good on you for getting her in to be checked out. Praying for healthy outcomes.

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