Brand new 4-4-19
Hi all, Mike here in Wisconsin. Never had heart problems in my family. I had been feeling weak, passed out twice, kids wanted me to see a Doc but I was a stubborn 'tough' guy and didn't. Last week I got a call about a job, then went to visit my Pastor. Twice during our chat I nearly passed out. I thought I better get my heart listened to. I drove to the local walk in clinic and with 10 mins. they said they had bad news. I knew it was bad when they wanted to send me to their competitors hospital (closest available),by ambulance. I said no, signed a paper and drove myself. I had 3rd degree heart blockand a pulse of 28. At the hospital I was I'd need a pacemaker, I still didn't fully grasp the situation and said I wanted a few days to thinkabout it. The Dr. asked me if I was suicidal? I ended up being transferred 80 miles to St. Lukes in Milwaukee. They couldn't believe I was walking around and driving. From the clinic visit to the OR was 7 hours, still had my jeans on, heard the Surgeon comment about that! Anyways, this big old (56) 'tough' guy is kind of scared now. Feels like I'm carrying a dozen of eggs and I don't want to drop them. Any kind words would be greatly appreciated.