Hello my friends,
I write to share a profound and frightening event in my life. I suffered a heart attack on Wednesday May 30th while in California for my Father’s memorial. I was visiting Disneyland with my husband Rod and my cousin Cheri and was standing in line for a ride when I collapsed suddenly with what they later determined was a ventricular fibrillation. Miraculously – an unidentified EMT was in line nearby on vacation with his kids, and when Rod called for help he came to my rescue and kept me breathing while the Paramedics were on their way. The quick response from the emergency teams was incredible. There are so many miracles that happened. The ride had been delayed and we were standing in line by an access door – if I’d been on the ride I wouldn’t have made it. I was rushed to a nearby hospital. The cardiologists determined that my heart is actually healthy but for some unknown reason my slight arrhythmia caused an extra beat which overlapped and caused the fibrillation.
I got out of the hospital on Monday June 4th . Rod and I had a long drive home but we took advantage of the time to enjoy the coast Hwy 101 and stayed in some beautiful oceanfront hotels. I am now home and still sore and slowly healing but so grateful to be alive. Rod and I feel so blessed to be experiencing each moment of life…. I hope you will take a moment today and give someone or yourself a hug, life is so precious.
The heart is a something we can take for granted
Yet the beat goes on, regardless of our awareness
In this moment, thank your heart
For all it does to carry life and love throughout your body, mind, and spirit
Feel the pulse that was in you before you were born
The rhythm that carries you onward
It is our own profound and sacred pact
~ Kim McElroy