I'm pretty thankful to still have my husband right now.
On Tuesday a lady crossed the center line, hit him and another lady, and totaled his 4WD truck. The two women went to the hospital in ambulances with minor injuries, but Kent didn't have a scratch. (I'll never complain about climbing all the way up into that truck again!) He said it felt like he skidded forever, yet he saw a deep ditch coming fast. It knocked out the axle on his truck, so he had no steering control at all, and it crunched up the whole front end into his seat.
There was a little boy in the back of the car who told the police officer, “I'll tell you what happened! She wasn't watching da woad!” How quickly things can happen, and Kent said, “It's crazy how much you have to trust other people when you're on the road.”
It was a miracle from God for sure, and get this: Kent was praying a rosary at the time!
We found out later that on the same day a guy dropped dead at a local gym.
This guy had no heartbeat, he wasn't breathing, and he turned blue. Two of our good friends, Megan and Jim, were there and with some others, took charge to try and revive this man, who is a friend of theirs. Megan grabbed the defibrillator, shocked him, and started compressions. Jim said his eyes were gone, but he stayed right by his head and was yelling, “We're right here, we're staying with you and you are NOT leaving us! Your wife and kids need you, you stick with us!”, and then he'd see his eyes sort of come back for a few seconds, and then fade away again. The EMTs said that bringing someone back who drops like that has a 1% chance of working, but by the time the ambulance got there, his heart was beating and he was breathing again!
Another huge God-thing: That morning Megan had been sort of grumbling about having to re-take her CPR certification class at the gym (she's an instructor) and about how she was picked to practice saving someone who had a heart attack. Crazy huh? This very blessed man ended up having 95% blockages in his main coronary arteries, which he had surgery later in the week to repair.
The most frustrating part of this story, and the reason I'm telling you all of this…
A few weeks prior he had at least two separate incidences with glaring warning signs/symptoms, and was told by friends to get to the doctor and be checked out. (Shortness of breath was one, also a general unwell feeling, and there was more I can't remember now.)
So I looked up the warning signs, please read these over! (And get Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's book on heart health!)
The most common symptom of coronary artery disease is angina (also called angina pectoris). Angina is often referred to as chest pain. It is also described as chest discomfort, heaviness, tightness, pressure, aching, burning, numbness, fullness, or squeezing. It can be mistaken for indigestion or heartburn. Angina is usually felt in the chest, but may also be felt in the left shoulder, arms, neck, back or jaw.
If you have angina or any of the symptoms listed below that last for more than 5 minutes, SEEK EMERGENCY TREATMENT (CALL 9-1-1) WITHOUT DELAY. These symptoms could be the signs of a heart attack (also called myocardial infarction or MI) and immediate treatment is essential.
- Pain or discomfort in other areas of the upper body including the arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw, or stomach
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Sweating or “cold sweat”
- Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like “heartburn”)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Light-headedness, dizziness, extreme weakness or anxiety
- Rapid or irregular heart beats
(Source: Cleveland Clinic)
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