I NEVER thought I would consider myself part of the Heart Attack fraternity.
It seemed from about the 3rd day home from the hospital I became acutely aware of anything heart attack related. I know I was a little sensitive and perhaps neurotic but it seemed like nearly ever news cycle on every TV channel or cable network had a story related to heart attack, fat people, sports stars, movie stars, or anyone else for that matter that was sadly impacted by sudden heart attacks or heart disease.
What was once my favorite TV shows like Greys Anatomy on ABC seemed to feature their stars saying “clear” nearly every other second. (Again, I was a little sensitive :-)). I found myself not able to handle the show and I literally had to cover my head with my bed blanket and try to transport myself to a happier place mentally where there was no instances of heart attacks or “clear” as part of the moment.
While I know it is the major media outlets responsibility to convey ways to avoid heart attacks and/or sudden death the last thing I needed to see were the news stories. It was much like telling me “I told you so” over and over and over again.
The more I watched the TV anchors talk about ways to avoid heart attacks the more I wanted to seriously rewind my life and perhaps take a different approach to my daily life when it came to eating, working out, reducing stress on a daily basis, and just letting the small things in life bounce off my rather linebacker type broad shoulders.
I am not in denial, and I know it is a little silly, but what I did realize is that one thing I could play on my TV/DVD was from my Old Western library of John Wayne movies. It seems that very few cowboys back in the day suffered from heart attacks. I guess back in the day heart attack victims perhaps just rode into the sunset and not into a heart hospital.