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.
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!