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    Working on the roof last weekend. Chest pain radiating into the left arm and back, shooting up to the jaw. Wifey sees me having problems breathing and yells "Are you OK"? Typical man response "Yea, just having problems with the saw". Monday night, go to bed and it kicks off again, I swear a mule is in the room kicking me in the chest. Wifey asks "Are you OK"? Having had two major neck surgeries, my response "Yea, neck is just hurting". I think wifey is beginning to suspect. Tuesday, the pain started about 6am. Went to work, picked wifey up to go eat lunch, signs of distress on my face, she asks "You sure you ok"? And again "Yea, something just went down the wrong way".

    Left the restaurant, headed back to town, the pain flairs up again. She looks at me and says "What the f--- is wrong with you"? "Well Dear, I think that I might be having a heart attack" I say.

    Next stop was the Doctors Office. I hate Doctors with a passion. EKG shows that yes, I might be having mini-heart attacks. They prescribed some nitro, and I have to see the heart specialist Monday morning. In the meantime, if the nitro doesn't alleviate the pain, I'm to go to the E/R.

    Fingers crossed hoping that it's the old pericarditis flairing up and not a bum ticker in the making.

  • #2
    Chief,
    I read your comments from time to time & enjoy your down to earth advice.

    Now here are some of my unsolicited comments;

    This is not something to muck about with. It might be a good idea to take a few days off & lower your stress a bit……

    And listen to the wife! I hate to admit it, but she’s the brains of the outfit in our house. I’d be much better off if I’d listen to her advice now & again.

    Take care, hope you get better soon & be safe!
    "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
    And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"
    -Sen Barry Goldwater

    R.I.P. Chief of Police Ralph Painter, Rainier, OR
    E.O.W. January 5th, 2011

    Miss you Ralph!

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    • #3
      LAChief,

      Likewise.
      You can macho man your butt into an early grave. Go to the doctor AND DO WHAT HE TELLS YOU!
      Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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      • #4
        Moreover: if you end up having to have surgery because of a blockage or faulty valve, your chances for a full recovery are better if you have the surgery BEFORE you have an actual heart attack.

        Face the possibilities and address them. There is NOTHING to be gained by putting it off, while there is much to lose.
        We do not all come to religion over the wandering years,
        but sooner or later we all get to meet God. -- Edward Conlon

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        • #5
          DAMMIT, Chief, get your butt in and get everything checked out.

          This from one who's BEEN THERE - DONE THAT.

          Just over two years ago, I went to the doctor with what I thought was a minor problem, and found out that I'd had two - that's TWO - heart attacks.

          I didn't have a clue, but mine didn't give me all the sysmptoms you're talking about feeling, either.

          Next stop (after all the tests and an angiogram) - Heart Hospital for quadruple bypass surgery.

          Was I happy about having to go through it? NO!

          Was I excited about getting an 8 inch "zipper" down the middle of my chest? NO!

          Was I looking forward to it? NO!

          Am I glad I found out in time and did something about it? Dayum straight I am!

          If I hadn't found out when I did, I probably wouldn't be sitting here fussing at your old hard head. (Dayum, always wanted to say something like that to a Chief.)

          Just do it, Chief. Too many people care about you for you to be letting us down.

          That is all. (Good luck with it. Keep us informed either here or at the "other place".


          .
          "Yes sir, I know you have rights."
          "In fact, I know your rights better than you do!"

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          • #6
            Chief,

            I have always respected your posts and when you left for a bit I missed your humor and advice. Let me say this to you and please don't take it as an insult.

            Don't Fu-k with that! My father did and I lost him at the age of 20 (now 38) and I it was preventable if he took action. I missed out on him, my mother missed out on her husband and my family lost the glue that kept us all together. Nobody laid in bed wishing they had more time for work when the end was coming.. You served your community all these years, live long enough sir, to enjoy your retirement with your lovely wife.
            MDRDEP:

            There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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            • #7
              I will go ahead and chime in with the rest for what its worth,BUT,you guys do know you are preaching to a very haed headed chief,dontcha?
              Sleeping Giant. They're not fat and happy anymore. They are hungry and increasingly angry. That is not a good recipe for a "Puppies and Rainbows America".

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mavriktu View Post
                I will go ahead and chime in with the rest for what its worth,BUT,you guys do know you are preaching to a very haed headed chief,dontcha?
                Oh c'mon, give me some credit.

                Wifey knows me. She has seen me push myself to where I had been totally incapacitated with medical issues. If she didn't catch me this time, I probably would have pushed it until it was to late. Pain hit again last night. Broke down and took a nitro. Wifey there to make sure I took it. Was really hoping that it wouldn't work, but after a couple of minutes, the pain subsided. Yea, got to get this taken care of quickly.
                Wasn't originally going to post about this, but I thought, "hey, get some advice from my brother Louisiana Officers...no one else comes to the LA forum". Was wrong about that. Plus, Mav scares me. He's from my area and I firmly believe he would come up here and kick my [email protected]@ if I didn't get it taken care of!

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                • #9
                  Let me speak it him in cop lingo, maybe that will help.


                  Tombstone courage
                  Not enough rest
                  Not heeding danger signs
                  Taking a bad position
                  relaxing too soon

                  Get the point Chief?
                  Hard headed Dayam fool idjiut!

                  Mav, take care of business!
                  Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by OneAdam12 View Post
                    Tombstone courage
                    Not enough rest
                    Not heeding danger signs
                    Taking a bad position
                    relaxing too soon
                    Wow OA12, I feel that you know me!!!!! I am deeply touched!
                    But you need to add:
                    High Blood Pressure (on meds)
                    Diabetic (on meds)
                    Chronic Insomnia (on meds)
                    Obstructed Sleep Apnea (on CPAP, occasionally)
                    Somewhat overweight (6'2", 250lbs)
                    2-4 pack a day smoker
                    5 mentally disturbed kids, 3 of 'em I'm about ready to sink in the bayou
                    Wifey who got fed up with LEO work and quit ($35, 000 a year cut in pay to household)
                    Paranoid cat

                    And some people wonder why I might be a tad stressed. I know, I know, that's still no excuse.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by LAChief View Post
                      Wasn't originally going to post about this, but I thought, "hey, get some advice from my brother Louisiana Officers...no one else comes to the LA forum". Was wrong about that.
                      We do not all come to religion over the wandering years,
                      but sooner or later we all get to meet God. -- Edward Conlon

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LAChief View Post
                        Plus, Mav scares me. He's from my area and I firmly believe he would come up here and kick my [email protected]@ if I didn't get it taken care of!
                        Chief, if you go off and croak on us, we'll ALL come up there and kick your [email protected]@!

                        Mav'll just be first in line.

                        The rest of us - - - well, I'm sure you've heard the old sayin', "Take a number . . . "

                        To your credit, it DOES sound like you're listening to all of your friends.

                        Believe me - I KNOW - you'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel after it's all said and done. Trust me on this one. The difference will be nothing short of amazing.


                        .
                        "Yes sir, I know you have rights."
                        "In fact, I know your rights better than you do!"

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                        • #13
                          In thirty years of pastoral ministry, I have seen a lot of people go through various heart procedures.

                          I have a fire-fighter in the congregation that died from a heart attack-- and was brought back, because he had the foresight to have his heart attack at a fire, surrounded by his guys with all their training and equipment.

                          I have seen many, many get a new lease on life after they've had their surgery, and live on for many more years-- and I mean living fully.

                          But I've also seen folks ignore the warning signs, ignore their friends' and family's pleas, ignore their doc's advice. They may feel like they are in control as they choose to play macho man, but they are not. They shorten their own lives, and they diminish the last part of their life with being too sick to live fully. Years later it is not their machismo that comes to my mind when I think of them, but their foolishness and the pain and frustration of those they left behind.

                          Fortunately, these latter have been in the minority in my experience. Most folks wake up at some point to the necessity of dealing with their situation.

                          If you don't take time and expend energy to become healthy, your body will make you take time being sick-- or simply bring your time to an end.

                          Sorry, I'm feeling preachy. I spend a lot of my time doing hospital visiting, and I do a lot of funerals. I find it angry-making, dealing with the ones that could have helped themselves and chose not to.
                          We do not all come to religion over the wandering years,
                          but sooner or later we all get to meet God. -- Edward Conlon

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LAChief View Post
                            Wow OA12, I feel that you know me!!!!! I am deeply touched!
                            But you need to add:
                            High Blood Pressure (on meds)
                            Diabetic (on meds)
                            Chronic Insomnia (on meds)
                            Obstructed Sleep Apnea (on CPAP, occasionally)
                            Somewhat overweight (6'2", 250lbs)
                            2-4 pack a day smoker
                            5 mentally disturbed kids, 3 of 'em I'm about ready to sink in the bayou
                            Wifey who got fed up with LEO work and quit ($35, 000 a year cut in pay to household)
                            Paranoid cat

                            And some people wonder why I might be a tad stressed. I know, I know, that's still no excuse.
                            Let me add this:

                            Fell off damn ladder in November.
                            Broke two metatarsals in foot.
                            Radial brake in Fibula
                            Broken back, still in pain now I find out accute aurthritis
                            elbow bursa burst
                            surgery on right shoulder scheduled
                            Chronic insomnia ( on meds )
                            Obstructed sleep Apnea recommended sleep study but I can't until I get healed up.
                            Quit smoking, figure I was not smoking just the sucker on the other end.
                            6'3" 231 and climbing because I can't work
                            2 kids over 21 at home, one working one in school
                            can't get either to clean rooms or do chores.
                            only time I see the cat is when it needs fed

                            Are we twins separated at birth?
                            Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cajunguy View Post
                              The difference will be nothing short of amazing.
                              I think that the true ailment is rearing its' head. I have woke up many of times or just laid in bed at night with a "racing" heartbeat over the last few months. I just thought that it was a caffiene overdose. Been to the Doctor for no energy, hard to get motivated in the morning and generally overall crappy feeling. We love to vacation out west and hike in the mountains, tent camping, etc. but the last couple of years have really been painful. Hopefully "amazing" will be an understatement.

                              They don't really install a zipper in the chest, do they?????

                              Yea, can picture this...."Funeral, bunch of cops come in, drag my body out of the casket and proceed to kick my dead [email protected]@. Wifey standing back, looking somewhat shocked then sez "Kick him a couple times for me, he deserved it for not going to the Doctor sooner"!!!! Someone fires up my funeral dirge, which happens to be AC/DC Highway to Hell, and the parties on!!!

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