Personal Stories: Tammy Mayes
Hello Brian and everyone who comes in this great place. My story
isn't quite like everyone else's. I am 35 yrs. old, married almost 16
yrs. with a 15 yr. old daughter and a 14 yr. old son. This is my
story: In December 2003 right after Christmas I started feeling tired
and didn't have much energy. I thought with the holidays and my job,
which was home health aide had just ended due to death, and I just
thought I was under a lot of stress.
I went to see my doctor who sent me for blood work and she ran an
EKG- which came back normal. The following week I went back for the
blood test results and found out that I had diabetes. I was sleeping
7-9 hrs. a night and napping for 2-4 hrs. a day. I expressed to my
doctor my concern and she sent me to mid Ohio heart clinic. My
appointment was 3 days later (Monday).
The doctor put me on a beta blocker and aspirin that day and wanted
me to come in 3 days (Thursday) later for a stress test. On Monday they
had me come in for the results. I thought the urgency was because my
mother had her first heart attack at age 36 which resulted in an
angioplasty and then at age 48 she had a quadruple bypass, and my father
having his 1st heart attack at age 40 and quadruple bypass at age 46.
Monday the doctor told me the bottom portion of my heart was not pumping
as quickly as the top and wanted me to have a cath on Wednesday. I
agreed of course. But then I started to wonder why they was being so
aggressive with me. Well I just brushed it off as again to my parents
On Wednesday while they was doing the cath., the doctor asked
if I was ok, yes I said, again he asked "are you sure you're ok?" Just
as he was asking the second time I felt as though I was laying on hot
coals, then my chest felt as though someone put me under a press
machine. I blacked out and when I came to they was trying to put a tube
in my throat.
They didn't because I was awake thank God. The doctor explained
to me that my left aorta had ruptured when he injected the dye and they
had to rush me downstairs to do emergency bypass surgery. I was totally
shocked. Nothing like this had ever happened in my family. They still
don't know why. They did triple bypass surgery. I was awake on Friday
and they let me come home on Sunday.
I am so thankful I am here. I am
dealing with a lot of issues, diabetes, high cholesterol, depression, I
quit smoking and wondering why I've had so many health problems at a
young age. Some of them I know why others I'll never know. I just wish I
knew what caused my aortic dissection, so maybe my kids can be more
aware of it. But like I said I am just thankful I'm here. The healing
process has been a slow one for me, I'm still very sore. I'd love to
hear from anyone else who has had a similar experience.
Thanks for letting me tell my story. And much more thanks for
developing this website.
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