It was like any other morning. I woke up and headed to the bathroom like I have hundreds of times before and noticed a couple of spots on the side of my face. I really didn't think much about it. I thought I might have scratched myself during the night or cut myself shaving. Little did I know eight days later, I would be in ICU on life support at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota fighting for my life.
By Saturday, March 25, 2017 the spots had spread and was extremely painful. Jane and I went to Urgent Care. The doctor told me I had a case of shingles and he gave me some antibiotics and told me to go home and get some rest. He said if it continued to spread by morning go the hospital immediately.
When I woke up Sunday, March 26, 2017 the spots had really spread across my face and chest and then a strangest thing happened. It felt like a 1000 pound gorilla was sitting on my chest and my left arm was completely numb. I had never felt anything quite like it. I didn't even consider I was having a heart attack. I thought it was the pain from the shingles spreading across my face and chest.
Jane and I jumped in the car and headed to Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. I called ahead and told them I was on my way. When I arrived I was greeted warmly by an entire cardiac team. The doctor informed me I was having a heart attack. I thought to myself, "How is this possible? I am in the best shape of my life."
The cardiac team gave me something for the pain and rushed me into surgery. They put a stent up my right leg into the artery that was blocked. Problem solved. Within a couple of hours I was resting comfortably in my room and all was good or so everyone thought. The doctor told my wife I would probably be released on Monday. YES!!!!
It was thumbs up across the board!
P.S. I later learned the reason an entire cardiac team (17) was at the hospital at 7:30 am on a Sunday morning they were scheduled for surgery. The reason the entire team was available because the woman schedule for surgery didn't show up. I also learned later the woman didn't show up because she had died on the way to the hospital.
I don't believe in coincidences. God has His hand in everything. Because of His grace I am alive today.