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Update II: DH

June 4th, 2015 at 06:39 pm

Thankfully, (**knocking wood** here) DH has not had to go into the ER anymore. Smile
He had his sleep test and has been using a CPAP machine every time he sleeps. It is making a big improvement in his quality and quantity of sleep - just as everyone said it would. The machine he has been using is a loaner from the doctor. Today he finally got the paperwork through and ordered a machine of his very own. He will pick it up tomorrow. No insurance coverage on it, so we paid $465 out of pocket for it.

He had a second echocardiogram on June 1st. It was one with a contrast medium. They are specifically looking at how the pulmonary veins are functioning. This is what supplies the oxygen to the heart muscle. The heart itself looks to be in good working order.
I am of the opinion that the times he was having chest tightness/pain it was from panic attacks and not from heart issues. None of the tests ever confirmed a heart attack or any heart disease. The ER doctor who said "mild heart attack" also told him his cholesterol was "sky-high" when the truth was that it hadn't even been checked. When DH's regular doctor did do the test a few days later it was normal - actually quite good considering the crap he eats. So it seems to me that the ER doctor was going for the shock & awe, scare you straight route. I REALLY don't like that style of doctoring, however I think my DH needed to be scared a little bit so he would get serious about changing things.

Currently, he is off work. His doctor has him off until July 1st.
His boss is having to do a lot more of the "real" work. I hope this will teach him to appreciate DH more!

I have told him this will be a great opportunity for him to spend time with the kids (school ends this week). Beach, pool, lake, discovery museum, mini golf, etc.. Free or very low cost, low stress fun outside of the house.

5 Responses to “Update II: DH ”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Panic and anxiety attacks can mimic heart attacks. Glad to hear there is improvement with your husband's sleep. I'm sure he is beginning to feel better too.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Hoping he enjoys spending time with the kids doing various activities also

  3. CB in the City Says:

    You're probably right about the anxiety attacks. Hope DH gets some good rest and stress-free fun.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Glad the sleep machine is helping and hope he continues to do well and can relax and enjoy being home and around family. I also hope the boss realizes what an asset your hubby is!

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    My dad had a series of mini-panic attacks which he thought were heart attacks over a period of around 10+ years (that I know of.) Unfortunately they didn't make him change his eating habits.

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