Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New perspective...

Ever have one of those glimpses into the future.....?

My DH has been having some chest pains and has recently gone for testing. Saturday night he again starts having chest pain and it gets bad enough that he's asking what we should do.....OMG! right? So we rush to the hospital, leaving the kids with my Mom and Dad (yes, the same mother who has had two significant heart attacks herself... and after using her nitro spray). At the hospital, the mention of chest pain sends the nurses rushing DH past all the other patients and into a room, leaving me sitting in the waiting area.

How long is a minute?......sometimes it feels like a lifetime as you sit there...wondering.....not knowing..... Then you see an elderly person exit the emergency area....visibly shaken....teary eyed....and you know...they're leaving without the person they love......they are alone.

And boom! ....it hits me......we're not young any more....we're not going to live forever....and this could be the first of many visits through these emergency doors....if i'm even that lucky.... What if...... what if he isn't ok....what if he has a heart condition.....what if.............

Luckily, the tests showed no irregularities.....he came home the next day. He is on medication and now carries nitro in case he experiences a similar experience. Oh the relief....and tears....so many tears of gratitude....

And I........well, I am grateful. I am thankful to have another day with the man I love. And I know that this was a HUGE reality check......life is a series of lessons, and if I was supposed to learn something, I get it LOUD AND CLEAR. You only get one life.....It is NOT a dress rehersal! Life is short. Life is a milisecond....it's gone before we know it..............and I can't take it for granted. I especially can't overlook those I love and that love me.....I can't be "too busy" to make time for others. Becasue we all only have a limited amount of time.....

7 comments:

MonaS! said...

Hope he's feeling better. Amazing what moments like that can do! Enjoy every second Kat! Thats the most important thing! Thankfully there were no irregularities or anything to worry about.

Heather M. said...

I'm glad he's okay too. What you wrote is so true - thanks for the reminder.

Marina said...

Oh Katrina, I am so relieved for you all that he is better and that it wasn't anything serious at this point in his life.

I sat here with a few tears, thinking about the very things your brought up and wondered the what if's myself. Thank you for reminding me how precious life really is and how we all take it for granted.

Anonymous said...

Very relieved to hear that it was nothing serious. But you are right - this is IT! This is our time to be responsible for our bodies and to take care and to be the very best we can be, on all levels!! HUGS my friend.

Carmen

MelBlackburn said...

I am so happy that your DH is ok. You are right, moments like these makes us realize what we have to live for and that we have to enjoy every moment. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Lori said...

OMG Katrina - how very scared you must have felt! It is so true how an instant can change our lives forever. I am very glad to hear that he is OK and everything will be fine - enjoy every moment and think of this as a gift to re-establish whats really important in our lives.

Heather said...

Oh hugs girl!! Glad everything turned out okay and that your on more of an awareness now. Family is so important.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New perspective...

Ever have one of those glimpses into the future.....?

My DH has been having some chest pains and has recently gone for testing. Saturday night he again starts having chest pain and it gets bad enough that he's asking what we should do.....OMG! right? So we rush to the hospital, leaving the kids with my Mom and Dad (yes, the same mother who has had two significant heart attacks herself... and after using her nitro spray). At the hospital, the mention of chest pain sends the nurses rushing DH past all the other patients and into a room, leaving me sitting in the waiting area.

How long is a minute?......sometimes it feels like a lifetime as you sit there...wondering.....not knowing..... Then you see an elderly person exit the emergency area....visibly shaken....teary eyed....and you know...they're leaving without the person they love......they are alone.

And boom! ....it hits me......we're not young any more....we're not going to live forever....and this could be the first of many visits through these emergency doors....if i'm even that lucky.... What if...... what if he isn't ok....what if he has a heart condition.....what if.............

Luckily, the tests showed no irregularities.....he came home the next day. He is on medication and now carries nitro in case he experiences a similar experience. Oh the relief....and tears....so many tears of gratitude....

And I........well, I am grateful. I am thankful to have another day with the man I love. And I know that this was a HUGE reality check......life is a series of lessons, and if I was supposed to learn something, I get it LOUD AND CLEAR. You only get one life.....It is NOT a dress rehersal! Life is short. Life is a milisecond....it's gone before we know it..............and I can't take it for granted. I especially can't overlook those I love and that love me.....I can't be "too busy" to make time for others. Becasue we all only have a limited amount of time.....

7 comments:

MonaS! said...

Hope he's feeling better. Amazing what moments like that can do! Enjoy every second Kat! Thats the most important thing! Thankfully there were no irregularities or anything to worry about.

Heather M. said...

I'm glad he's okay too. What you wrote is so true - thanks for the reminder.

Marina said...

Oh Katrina, I am so relieved for you all that he is better and that it wasn't anything serious at this point in his life.

I sat here with a few tears, thinking about the very things your brought up and wondered the what if's myself. Thank you for reminding me how precious life really is and how we all take it for granted.

Anonymous said...

Very relieved to hear that it was nothing serious. But you are right - this is IT! This is our time to be responsible for our bodies and to take care and to be the very best we can be, on all levels!! HUGS my friend.

Carmen

MelBlackburn said...

I am so happy that your DH is ok. You are right, moments like these makes us realize what we have to live for and that we have to enjoy every moment. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Lori said...

OMG Katrina - how very scared you must have felt! It is so true how an instant can change our lives forever. I am very glad to hear that he is OK and everything will be fine - enjoy every moment and think of this as a gift to re-establish whats really important in our lives.

Heather said...

Oh hugs girl!! Glad everything turned out okay and that your on more of an awareness now. Family is so important.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New perspective...

Ever have one of those glimpses into the future.....?

My DH has been having some chest pains and has recently gone for testing. Saturday night he again starts having chest pain and it gets bad enough that he's asking what we should do.....OMG! right? So we rush to the hospital, leaving the kids with my Mom and Dad (yes, the same mother who has had two significant heart attacks herself... and after using her nitro spray). At the hospital, the mention of chest pain sends the nurses rushing DH past all the other patients and into a room, leaving me sitting in the waiting area.

How long is a minute?......sometimes it feels like a lifetime as you sit there...wondering.....not knowing..... Then you see an elderly person exit the emergency area....visibly shaken....teary eyed....and you know...they're leaving without the person they love......they are alone.

And boom! ....it hits me......we're not young any more....we're not going to live forever....and this could be the first of many visits through these emergency doors....if i'm even that lucky.... What if...... what if he isn't ok....what if he has a heart condition.....what if.............

Luckily, the tests showed no irregularities.....he came home the next day. He is on medication and now carries nitro in case he experiences a similar experience. Oh the relief....and tears....so many tears of gratitude....

And I........well, I am grateful. I am thankful to have another day with the man I love. And I know that this was a HUGE reality check......life is a series of lessons, and if I was supposed to learn something, I get it LOUD AND CLEAR. You only get one life.....It is NOT a dress rehersal! Life is short. Life is a milisecond....it's gone before we know it..............and I can't take it for granted. I especially can't overlook those I love and that love me.....I can't be "too busy" to make time for others. Becasue we all only have a limited amount of time.....

7 comments:

MonaS! said...

Hope he's feeling better. Amazing what moments like that can do! Enjoy every second Kat! Thats the most important thing! Thankfully there were no irregularities or anything to worry about.

Heather M. said...

I'm glad he's okay too. What you wrote is so true - thanks for the reminder.

Marina said...

Oh Katrina, I am so relieved for you all that he is better and that it wasn't anything serious at this point in his life.

I sat here with a few tears, thinking about the very things your brought up and wondered the what if's myself. Thank you for reminding me how precious life really is and how we all take it for granted.

Anonymous said...

Very relieved to hear that it was nothing serious. But you are right - this is IT! This is our time to be responsible for our bodies and to take care and to be the very best we can be, on all levels!! HUGS my friend.

Carmen

MelBlackburn said...

I am so happy that your DH is ok. You are right, moments like these makes us realize what we have to live for and that we have to enjoy every moment. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Lori said...

OMG Katrina - how very scared you must have felt! It is so true how an instant can change our lives forever. I am very glad to hear that he is OK and everything will be fine - enjoy every moment and think of this as a gift to re-establish whats really important in our lives.

Heather said...

Oh hugs girl!! Glad everything turned out okay and that your on more of an awareness now. Family is so important.