Saturday, September 21, 2013


I saw my surgeon this week and he said I look good and am doing great. He wants me to take it slow and gradually get back to all my normal activities over the next 6 weeks. I will have to take a beta blocker for the rest of my life but I do have a healthy heart now.

I ask him just how close I was to death the day I arrived at Oregon Cardiovascular Center. He said that I was right there. If the procedure of placing that balloon in my heart to keep the pressure off until he could operate had not worked, there would have been nothing he could do.

Those words sent chills through me. I don't remember anything after I was put in the ambulance here to be taken to the airport and flown to Eugene. I was so scared so I am sure they gave me something to calm me down. It is such a strange feeling to know that there were 4 days gone from my memory. It is probably a good thing though.

I think back about that day I had my heart attack and I am so blessed to have made it to the doctors office before it happened. I was having lots of pain but it only became unbearable after I got to the doctors office.
God was with me, I just know it. He tried to warn me for a couple of months but I was in denial of the symptoms I was having. I absolutely believe in angels and I know there was one with me in the ICU.

I am so blessed that I was given a second chance at life. God loves me enough to keep me here for a while longer. I look at things differently now and I when I find myself complaining about something I have come to realize that hey, I am alive and I have nothing to complain about.

God is good, angels are all around us and prayer is so powerful.


Ann said...

AMEN !!!
your angel held you in his arms,just as in the picture.
You are are all of His Children.
glad you are here,my friend!! you have a lot more hearts to touch!!!

SueAnn Lommler said...

Amen and amen!!! He is amazing!

Bevie said...

I echo all the amens Patti, for our Lord has said he will never leave us, nor forsake us....I believe it!!!

LynnF said...

God bless you, Patti! The angels will always be with you!

Healing Woman said...

Oh Patti! I'm so happy for you coming through open heart surgery in such good shape. It's something we all worry about. I know you treasure your life now more than ever.

brenda Salzano said...

A perfect photo for this truth! I am thanking God always that I have my dear friend still!!