Pimaree - Pain in the Chest
(no name) ((no email))
Sun, 15 Feb 1998 11:58:46 -0700
Sorry to send this to the list, it is going to take me a while to get
caught up. For those who have sent me a question about the Pimaree, I will
try to get to those this week. I also saw lots of posts on the issues Mike
brought up a few weeks ago and suspect I heated up the discussion with my
post the other week.
I have not read much of my mail yet since getting back from the hospital.
It was a big enough job just getting back below my disk quota. (I have
1000 blocks on a VAX and it was showing 2000 blocks used. When that
happens I cannot send any messages, until I get it back down.) I want to
thank all of you that are using headings in your messages. I would love to
read all message, but now is not the time.
You see, I had a small Heart Attack Tuesday Night while doing a 500 meter
swim. I was pushing myself too hard, I should have been taking it easy.
In any case, the dummy that I am, I decided it was dinner, a big one I ate
about an hour before. I continued the class (to re-new my Red Cross
Lifeguarding) and did such things as submerged victim rescues. I had no
trouble breathing, just a little pain in the chest. When class was over,
it was still there and finally I began to worry. When I got home I pulled
out my Red Cross CRP Professional Rescuer Book and read up on what it said
for heart attacks. Chest pain was the only symptom and there was not much
of that, so the debate began, do I call the nurse at the insurance or not?
I made the decision to call since I figured Luz (my wife) would kill me if
I died on her at 42 with a heart attack. The nurse told me over the phone
to go to the local hospital since she could not tell if I was having a
heart attach or not over the phone. That's when I told my wife that I just
called the insurance and they told me to get someone to drive me to the
hospital. Her father drove me over and her concern and confusion got worse
when they told her they were going to put me on the helicopter and fly me
to Tucson. (My wife is from Colombia and her primary language is still
very much Spanish.) By then they had stabilized me with the clot buster
and medically speaking the worse was over. On the other hand, I think the
worse was only beginning because I now had to sleep connected to monitors
and with needles in my arms and they still had to do the dye thing to find
out where the damage was.
So now my Scouting and Red Cross Calendar have to be cut way back. I will
be cutting out some activities completely and cutting back on others. Luz
and I have decided that we will continue with the Pimaree and my Council
Advancement Position. The Cub Scout Pack is going to have to learn to live
with a Committee Chairman is who is only a committee chairman. Maybe this
will wake up the parents and get them active with the unit. If not, I will
be sorry that the program goes to pot, but I could do even less good for
them dead. There will be a number of other Scouting jobs dropped and many
meetings in Tucson that I just will not go to.
I will also be setting Scouts-L back on no-mail before I go back to work on
the 23rd. In the last couple of weeks I have rediscovered how much I
enjoyed this list, but the Doctor said no stress and there is just to much
mail for me to keep up with on this forum. I am sure I will be back again.
If you have sent me questions on the Pimaree and do not hear from me by
Wednesday, please send me another message. I may have deleted your message
when trying to get my disk space back down.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Water Safety Instructor Trainer, American Red Cross, Fort Huachuca Station
Catalina Council Advancement Chairman, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City