Monday, June 21, 2010

A sad end

For those of you who don't know, a few weeks ago I thought I was having a heart attack and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. It wasn't a heart attack thank God!
But I have had a couple of episodes of extremely high blood pressure (208/120) that had a sudden onset. Still have some chest discomfort.
The doctor has me on a blood pressure medicine and I have had a stress test and a non-stress x-ray. A visit to the cardiologist today told me that the stress test was clear except for an area he couldn't really see due to the shadow of my breast. At this time he is going to watch me and do a few more tests. Any more chest pain and we are headed for an angiogram, which is dangerous for me due to a clotting disorder I have.
But here is the real kicker. I have to slow down. And I cannot go to the Gatesville, TX Relay For Life this weekend. It breaks my heart.
My family and friends have been asking me not to go due to the extreme heat here in Texas and I was trying hard to listen to their advice. But when the Cardiologist said no go, I had to take his advice (which BTW my DH says he really likes this doctor because he made my husband's advice right!).
And I have to slow down on how active I am with the Waco RFL. I am the sponsorship chairperson and I am going to have to meet with the chairs for Relay and see what we can do to make this work.
But thanks to my co-worker, Terry and his beautiful wife, we will carry on. They are going to be out at Relay and will sell tickets for the quilt. Before they leave a name will be drawn and if the winner is there, they will receive the quilt that night and a picture will be taken.
But I won't be there. Life is not fair, but no one said it would be. And I need to take care of me in order to keep doing these things to make a difference in cancer patients lives.
So please think of me and say a prayer. And spend some time Friday night thinking of the wonderful souls that will be walking through the night because cancer doesn't sleep.
Onward we go...


Debra said...

How scary. Hope you get better soon.

Carolyn NC said...

Hope you're able to get back to normal soon. Glad you're listening to advice. Will pray for you.

Anonymous said...


Glad to hear you will be slowing down as your dr. suggested. In the meantime don't stress about the RFL.

I will keep you in my prayers that you continue to get well.


Wishing for a Miracle!! said...

We love you Donna!!! Take care of yourself and I will take as many pictures as I can as soon as I get away from my Luminaria Tent...



Meari said...

Sending good vibes your way, Donna. Hope things turn around for you soon. ((hugs))

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

So glad to hear that you did not have a heart attack.And your doctor's advise is a good. This is YOUR relay for your life! Think of all the stitching you can do while on doctors orders! LOL

Anonymous said...

Do what the doctor says.... SLOW DOWN.... you have done more than your share and then some..... NOW IT IS TIME TO THINK OF YOU AND YOURS..



Karan said...

You must put yourself first for now while this is sorted out. Take care (((((((((hugs))))))))).

Anonymous said...


Please just take care of yourself. All of the rest will take care of itself. You are very important to your family and they need you.

I am amazed at how much you do, splitting your time with so many worthwhile and selfless efforts. We are lucky to have you here, on our side.

All of my prayers and thanks,

Doreen Lynn

Kathy said...

I am so sorry to hear about your health woes. But the good news is that you did NOT have a heart attack. This is your wake up to listen to the doctors and figure out what the problem is and take care of it. Girlfriend we want you around for a long time to come so please take care of yourself and listen to the doctor.

Rene la Frog said...

I guess you will listen to your DH's advise from now on. You need to take care of you and get the health problems resolved so you will be able to fight the good fight and help find a cure. Time to settle back for a while and just relax with needle and fabric.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Take care of yourself. May you have god speed healing.