A Thing I Wish People Had Told Me About Having A Triple Bypass

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 4.824% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

That even years after, you’ll sometimes have a nightmare that you’re having another heart attack – a nightmare so intense that it hauls you right out of sleep – and then you have to spend a half an hour debating whether this tension in your chest is Heart Attack #2, or just a crushing panic attack combined with hypervigilism.
I woke Gini to get her opinion, took some Advil, and come the morning I’m pretty sure it was a panic attack.  (That was one scary-ass dream.)  And it’s not the first time I’ve had phantom chest pains – I wore a holter monitor for three weeks post-surgery, worried that something was going wrong, only to have it turn out that no, in the wake of major heart surgery you just pay a lot of attention to random pains and pressures you didn’t notice before.
(Exacerbated, in my case, by the fact that my actual heart attack ranked about a 1 or 2 on the pain scale, and I nearly didn’t go to the ER.)
But yeah.  You have one set of clogged arteries, and even if you’re exercising more than ever and generally eating healthy and taking all your medications, the worry that the next one is around the corner never really fades.

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