PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
HypnosisWorks
 
Comments: 11
Article views: 3127
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all HypnosisWorks's badges.
 

How to survive a Heart Attack - Part 1

27 May 2014, 12:16
How to Have a Heart AttackStep 1: Just Breathe!
by Hendrik Baird

Having a heart attack is no joke. Ask me. I've just had one.
Not a light heart attack, not a heart murmur, but a full on, massive Myocardial Infarction.
The type of heart attack where you start saying goodbye to the people around you, because you realise that you are about to die. The kind where you can't breathe, where your chest is about to explode, where your reality suddenly spins out of control.
We all have to die at some point. We both accept and ignore this inevitable fact. We all know that everybody will die; we just conveniently forget to remember that this will happen to me, too.
So what do you do when you suddenly find yourself in a "this is it" situation? How do you react?
I felt both determined to stay alive and at the same time resigned to the fact that I was, in fact, in the process of dying. I had the clarity of mind to have my son, who was with me at the time, call a friend of mine for help. I wanted to stay alive!
Yet as the minutes ticked by and I could no longer breathe, during those long agonising moments when there was no more breath, I had to make peace with my own mortality, and quickly too! Even though we were speeding through traffic to get to the hospital, I resigned myself to the fact that I would not make it. This was the end.
At the same time remembering something I read on Facebook once, about coughing when you are having a heart attack, as it stimulates the heart muscle to contract and helps with breathing. (Easier said on Facebook than actually done in the throes of a full-scale cardiac episode! Yet I think this saved my life, because after doing it a few times the tension eased up a little as we approached the hospital and I could breathe again.)
It literally was a delicate balancing act between life and death. For that one crisis-filled hour I tottered from one to the other. In the end it was time that saved me. I will forever be thankful to my dear friend who rushed through afternoon traffic to the hospital. If it had taken any longer to reach help, the damage might have been much more severe and indeed could have led to my early expiry due to lack of oxygen.
So here is the first lesson in surviving a heart attack: Just breathe! (Even if it means coughing to keep the breath going!)
I have been asked if I view my own mortality differently now because of what happened. Strangely I don't think the severity of what has happened has fully made itself known yet, it being revealed slowly, incrementally, through small daily realisations.
I have been told it will take at least a year for it to fully sink in.
So how does one survive such an event and its consequences? Are there ways to ease some aspects of surgery and manage the pain? Can you speed up the healing process? How do you survive the tedium of waiting at a state hospital? And how do you survive the food?
As a way to deal with what has happened, and at the same time as an insight to someone else who might have had a similar experience, or perhaps even for someone who sometime in the future might need this information: There is to follow a few weekly articles about various aspects of surviving a heart attack.
I will share the techniques I used from time to time to deal with various issues, for instance in dealing with daily injections or to manage post-operative pain and infection. I will share my own thoughts and feelings and the insights of those who supported me and carried me through these past few months.
At various times during the weeks that I spent in hospital, several of my friends commented that they knew somebody who had gone through the same thing as I and that they were doing so well after successful surgery similar to mine. This reassured me. I have a similar intention in writing this. To reassure you that everything will be all right. I have been there. I have survived, for now. Use what you can from my experience.
A heart attack changes your life. As a survivor you have to face the consequences. You have to make changes. I am facing the consequences head-on, taking it one day at a time. For the moment, I am here, in this moment.
Soon we will all die. Me too. But for the moment I will just breathe. While I breathe, I am still alive.
So just breathe!

© 25/05/2014 www.hypnosis-works.co.za

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
JP Le Roux
The secret rise of communism in S...

Is it just me or is South Africa starting to look like a communist country? Read more...

19 comments 1006 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Cut the clutter

How much of your dis-ease, unhappiness, worry, illness and other external manifestations of inner turmoil is created by your perceived need to respond to other peoples stuff? Read more...

0 comments 65 views
Submitted by
Leigh-Rose Jenkins
Licensing renewal incompetence!

I am no longer surprised at the number of unlicensed vehicles on Gauteng roads, just like I am no longer convinced that those unregistered or cloned vehicles belong to a “criminal element”. Read more...

11 comments 581 views
Submitted by
Ruan Stix Fourie
Is the invasion of our privacy re...

Someone, somewhere seems to have hacked into some private server somewhere containing photos of a few female celebrities. Read more...

9 comments 764 views
Submitted by
Atheitis
The new chicken recipe

We have had a few recipes on News24 before, mainly curries, but this is an excellent recipe for chicken that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing -- imagine that.  Read more...

12 comments 152 views
Submitted by
Nosipho Blue Ntombela
We are nine days away from justic...

t is simply because in this month we will know if “our” Paralympic gold medalist will be found guilty or not guilty for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.  Read more...

18 comments 911 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Camping gear!

We’ve got all your camping must have’s right here at mind blowing low prices. Check them out now!

Herbex – buy 3 & get 1 free!

Fat burn packs, appetite control chewies, stretch mark cream and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

30% off Jinger Jack handbags

Spice up your wardrobe and save 30% on stylish Jinger Jack handbags. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 books & pay for 2

The cheapest of the 3 books will be free. Offer valid while stocks last. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

Deal of the week!

Hisense 40” Full HD LED Television now R3999. Offer valid while stocks last. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.