Life’s twists and turns

Hardly serendipitous, more a question of misadventure. Life throws up many happy chance encounters, but some encounters are a little less welcome.

My wife, Jenny, recently had the dubious honour of requiring the services of the blue-flashing-light taxi service to our local heart hospital. The initial ECG readings taken by the paramedic flagged up enough concern to call the ambulance. Further checks in our local A&E prompted a quick phone call to Papworth Hospital……and without more ado, the blue-flashing transfer took Jenny to the HDU of our local distinguished heart hospital.

We had to wait 12 hours for the blood test that would reveal the critical enzyme pointing to a heart attack. And yes, it was there, and a heart attack was confirmed.

But behind every misadventure, there will be a few positives. We had caught Jenny’s condition at the very early stages, and didn’t make the mistake of imagining the pain was just heartburn or indigestion. The blockage turned out to be in a minor artery, too narrow to take a stent, but which can be unblocked through medication. The prognosis is very good, too. With the aid of continued medication and a gentle return to exercise, she will be able to return to most of her previous activities.

And given that in the few days previous to her mini-crisis, she had attended an exercise class, ridden 33 miles on the tandem, and had been swimming and nordic walking on the morning of the mishap………. we all have to come to terms with the certain knowledge that, however secure we feel about our own lifestyle and health, life will always be full of twists and turns.

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About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on October 21, 2014, in Miscellany and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. So glad to hear that Jenny is ok. Take care.

  2. I suppose one could consider that picking up the signs early, having the “right kind of heart attack”, and having the worlds leading cardiac unit virtually on your doorstep a little serendipitous! Hope to hear further positive developments as Jenny begins on her road to recovery.

  3. Hello, Frank,
    this is a disaster with the ill heart of Jenny. I am shocked !!
    I hope she’s on the mend. God bless you.
    Many best regards to you from your German pilgrim’s friend Alke-Brigitte

  4. Phil Lewis ( Chippenham Wheelers )

    Hi Frank
    From your previous postings, which have shown you both enjoying the joys of cycling together, the Lord has blessed you both in this and your life together.
    How good to know that, as David points out in his message above, He so orders our lives that this potentially dangerous problem was quickly resolved.
    I pray that He will continue to demonstrate His love to you both and that it will not be long before Jenny is back in the saddle.
    Bless you both,
    Phil.

  5. What a scary time. Best wishes to Jenny for a speedy recovery. x

  6. Aun en los momentos difíciles, siempre hay motivos para estar agradecidos. ¡La vida, que nos da tanto! Seguro que vosotros ya habéis encontrado esos motivos. Un abrazo grande desde los Pirineos,
    Pilar y Mariano

  7. Sorry to hear your news, Jenny, but I hope that you’ll make a good recovery and be back on the tandem soon. Maybe not too many steep hills for a while!

  8. Small blessings that you both caught it and were able to take healthy prevention steps.

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