Monday, October 27, 2008

Dear Friends,

You may have noticed a gap of three days between posts. Unfortunately, I've had another health "episode".

I was napping after dinner on Saturday evening and when I awoke, I started having chest pain, accompanied by a pain in my left arm.

I went to the emergency room, was treated for symptoms of a heart attack, and subsequently hospitalized overnight for observation.

They found nothing in my blood enzymes, nothing abnormal on my EKG, so they sent me home late Sunday afternoon.

I'm not procrastinating on matters of my health any further than I already have been. I'm scheduled for a nuclear stress test and will know something in a few days.

Don't feel sorry for me...I've not been proactive about my health for a few years and am now "paying the piper".

This has been a wake-up call, whatever the results of my test show. Rest assured, my health will come first from now on. I have children and a wife that depend on my being here and I'm not going to let them down because of my laissez-faire attitude towards my health, weight, etc.

I'm setting a goal to lose 50 lbs in 6 months and want to lose a total of 70 overall (trust me, I am that overweight). I will have to lose an average of about 2.5 lbs a week to make that goal. I'm sure I can do it, as nothing motivates a person more than a heart attack!

My reward will be better health, and will (finally) treat myself to that tattoo I've been procrastinating in getting for 26 years, but only if I make my goal.

Wish me luck.



Lisa said...

Bill, I've been having some internet connection problems myself, but have noticed your absence and missed you out here on the 'net.

Glad to hear that you are ok, but do take care of yourself! That's quite a scare and we certainly can't afford to lose you!

Take care of yourself, my friend. Glad to see you're back.

Anonymous said...

Get well Bill. Wouldn't be the same without you.

Anonymous said...

I wish you luck on your quest to get healthy. Take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Feel better soon and I will say a little prayer for you. Please take care!

Anonymous said...

Bill, I'm glad to hear your scare was only a scare.Having gone through a similar situation, here's my advice: Develop some good habits that are life commitments, track bodyfat rather than weight, and by all means, keep writing.

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