Keeping UP

Hi Everyone,

I wish I could say that my new year got off to a great start, but that would not be true.  On New Year’s Eve I had to call 911 for my boss.  Two days later I was calling them for my brother-in-law.  He had a massive heart attack and even died after they got to the hospital.  If it wasn’t for his life vest from Zoll (http://lifevest.zoll.com/), he wouldn’t have made it.

I visited him everyday he was in the hospital. They put a pacemaker (Boston Scientific) inside of him.  It is the only thing keeping his heart pumping.  Without the pacemaker, his heart would only be working at 15%.

Before his heart attack, he sat at his desktop computer and played games or watched TV.  He didn’t do anything.  He ended up with diabetes and other issues.  His heart doctor finally got him a vest to wear that kept track of his heart rhythm.  Zoll vests are a great product for patients who suffer from irregular heart rhythms.  It has a built in defibrillator that may shock the person back to life.

According to their website, “The LifeVest wearable defibrillator is worn by patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), providing protection during their changing condition and while permanent SCA risk has not been established. The LifeVest allows a patient’s physician time to assess their long-term arrhythmic risk and make appropriate plans.”

I’m not being paid to write this post, but I will say that if it weren’t for Zoll’s life vest, Jim, would not be here today.

I’m hoping that this event will speak volumes to my husband and get him to thinking about his health, or should I say, our health.  We start our new diet tomorrow.

Another piece of interesting news, there have been a lot of people around me either dying, getting sick, having heart attacks, etc.  What’s up with that?  It’s just too close to home for me.  And you know, it all comes in threes.  Found out that my high school boyfriend was in the hospital for a heart attack as well.  Geez!  Enough already!  His advice, “stop eating fast foods”!  For real, people.  Eat organic!  Don’t eat sugar!

That’s another post for another time.  Be brave my friends and eat healthy.

P