Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Superhero's Had a Snag in His Cape!

Y'all, I haven't given you an update on Daddy recently. ~For those of you who are new here, Daddy had a heart attack last spring. ~ Mostly, because I thought he was doing fine. His heart is healthier than it's been in years and he hardly needed any cardiac rehab, because aside from the effects the years of smoking had on his body, he really was in great physical shape.

Friends, all has not been well... 

My superhero had a snag in his cape! 

I told you Daddy was hospitalized back in May with what turned out to be an anxiety attack.  The attacks did not stop.  He had another "episode" right before our family vacation in August. I noticed he was really tense during the vacation.  I assumed it was the not smoking. It got progressively worse and he wasn't sleeping. My mother confided that my formerly close to the vest father was telling anyone who inquired ALL about his business and what a mess he was.
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Daddy called one day last week and told me I finally had my dad back.  He's been given a prescription for anti-anxiety meds.  He took one right away the first day and one before bed and slept better than he had in months. He reported he was going to take one before bed the night I spoke to him and was then going to try to go without.  He feels like a new man.

I share this with y'all because apparently it is a very common reaction in heart patients, especially ones who were in good physical shape.  They feel as if their bodies betrayed them and go to bed at night, often wondering if they will have another heart attack and die in their sleep. It makes sense if you think about it and in fact, the American Heart Association includes a question about it on their FAQ page.

Hold your loved ones close.  Be patient when a someone is recovering from a cardiac episode, because its more than just their physical heart that breaks. Their emotional one gets dented too.

I'm so glad my superhero got his cape fixed!

14 comments:

myevil3yearold said...

I did not know that. My mom is having some heart problems. Another surgery next week. Glad your superhero is doing better!

Danica Bridges-Martin said...

Never crossed my mind before but it makes sense, my aunt is also going through this after cancer treatment... maybe I should suggest it to her. Thanks. :) Danica

Blond Duck said...

I'm so sorry! I'm glad he's better now!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

So glad your dad is doing better!
My uncle was never the same after his heart attack. It took a huge toll on him emotionally. I wish he'd been able to take something to help him.

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doseofreality said...

I'm so glad you wrote about this. It happens so frequently in the aftermath of all sorts of medical issues yet it gets missed. It makes a huge difference in the quality of someone's life.

I'm so glad your dad is getting his groove back! --Lisa

Mimi B said...

I never would've thought that! Makes sense though. How scary. I'm SO glad your dad is getting better! =)

Diane said...

That is great news!

And that quote teared me up. Big time. So, so very true. Most all of us who are still blessed to have both our parrents need to be reminded of that from time to time.

Shell said...

I'm glad that he feeling more like himself!

Paloma said...

I am glad your dad is feeling better... thank you so much for sharing this! Very important message! Big Hugs!

Babes Mami said...

I'm glad he's back! I can see how that would happen, I think I would be afraid to exercise, get excited or sleep for quite awhile.

Charlotte Klein said...

I'm so very glad to hear your dad is feeling more like himself and that he is on meds now to help keep the panic attacks under control. Poor thing! But I'm so glad to hear you have your dad back :) Great big *HUGS* to him.

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