Karen I had a quintuple bypass 10 yrs ago this month at the age of 52. The recovery was slow and emotional. I have a large extended family and a few friends. I found them to be supportive in my weekly or monthly calls to talk about my health. I thanked them each time for letting me vent and most were gracious. I worked slowly walking the house timing my walks. After three years I was able to snow ski. I got another stint in November 2019 and 2 more in February 2020. Plus my dear mom passes in January 2020. I was mad at the world and in counseling for depression and anxiety. In the summer of 2020 I heard the voice of god/guardian angels or whatever you want to call them saying "Randy you are going to die". I heard this multiple times and had no doubt that I would not see the end of August 2020. During one of these conversations I said that I didn't want to die. On August 5 while working out at rehab from my stints installed in February I had a vtach and did die. The nurses saved my life with a defibrillator. I now have a pacemaker and defibrillator. I was visited again by my guardian angels letting me know that I get to live. My counselor helped me through all the anxiety relief thrills of living.
All this to let you know to reach out to friends and family and ask them if you can talk with them about your emotions and feelings. I strongly recommend counseling.
My cardiac rehab angels (ie nurses) taught me to listen to my body. Try to exercise every day and a little more each week. Baby steps to toddler waddling to walking to even possibly skiing. I wish you the best of luck and hope and happiness Randy WaclawczykAustin Texas
Hi Karen,Surviving cardiac arrest is a mind-blowing and scary experience. The same thing happened to me, except it was my husband doing CPR and trying to call 911 at the same time. That was back in 1998. And now here I am. My emotions following my cardiac arrest ranged from feeling so lucky to have survived, to why did this happen to me, to what's going to happen next, to the point where my husband called my nurse and had her talk with me. It really helped. I also joined a support group. Please feel free to call me if you'd like to chat. You're going through a lot right now and we're all here to help each other.