The story I’m about to share is pretty heavy but I’m sharing with the hope to helps saves lives and I urge you to please share this with those that you love.
On January 20th I got that dreaded call, “Your husband is in the emergency room, you need to go there immediately.”
I’m certain I broke just about every driving law while on my way there, including driving on the wrong side of the road. With a pounding heart, I arrived and was greeted by a social worker who told me that on his typical morning jog his heart stopped and he collapsed on the pavement. He was found by a passerby who called 911. LA County Sheriff Leobardo Trujillo arrived at the scene and performed CPR – he had no pulse and had stopped breathing.
The Fire Department arrived minutes later to assist. They got him breathing on his own and rushed him to the hospital where the doctors discovered a 95% blockage in his heart. He immediately had surgery then spent the next few days in a hypothermic coma.
I stayed by his side in the ICU, held his hand, left on ESPN so that he felt at home and talked to him as though he were awake.
“I love you so much, Boss. We’re going to get through this. You’re the strongest. We got this! PLEASSSSSE.”
I had never been more afraid. And was in complete shock.
Our families and friends sat together and prayed. We prayed for him, for the doctors and nurses, for the men and women who saved his life and for all the other families going through a hard time.
He slowly began to wake up. He’d move an arm or open his eyes and when he lifted his hand to give us a thumbs up the tears were uncontrollable. We knew our guy was back!
I’m relieved to share that we’re now home, he’s doing great and will make a FULL recovery. It is truly a miracle and there are no words to express our gratitude. I feel like it is now our responsibility to share his story with the hopes that it can help save others from going through the hardship we’ve endured. Here is what I learned and ask of all of you:
1. Please update your medical and emergency contact info in your phone. He was a John Doe upon arrival and they didn’t know anything about him nor did they know who to notify. This information is very helpful in emergencies. If you have an iphone, you can add this in the health app under *Medical ID.
2. Please take a CPR class. You never know when someone may need your help and every second counts. Had the sheriff been 20 seconds later he may not be here today.
3. Be on top of your health and listen to your body. My 38-year-old husband is a vegetarian, has low cholesterol, works out everyday, sees doctors regularly and was the healthiest. Nobody is pardon from health problems.
4. If you’re having reoccurring chest pain, please see your physician and inquire about a CT Angiogram. A stress test is not always enough.
5. Hug those you love tightly. And don’t forget to say I love you. It can all be taken in just one heart beat.