Last week was seriously the week from hell! And I don’t mean broken nail, spilled a drink over yourself week from hell I mean the real stuff!
While the events of last week are not technically my story to tell I feel that it can only serve to prevent such things happening to other people and hope therefore that my family don’t mind me sharing our story.
Let’s skip Monday cause nobody likes Monday!
Tuesday morning I was sitting at my desk like any other day and my phone started ringing, it was my mum, my mum was at work, she never has her phone on her at work… I already started to panic before I’d even answered and rightly so. My mum was calling to tell me that my step dad was having a suspected heart attack! I instantly arranged to leave work and go be with my mum as neither of us knew what exactly was going on. we got to the hospital around 1 and he had already had a stent fitted. We were told by a doctor that this was one of the worst heart attacks you can have and basically he was lucky to be with us. The whole thing still doesn’t seem real, someone who is usually such a strong figure in your family being bought down with a tremendous crash!! It’s unnerving, it turns your whole world upside down.
Now to me this had all come out of nowhere! However for my step dad, he had been having signs for weeks. His arms had been going numb, he had chest pain and other various symptoms but you never think something that bad is happening to you! And an especially male trait is to brush over your ailments, don’t show any weakness.
He had basically been having mini heart attacks all week, if he hadn’t got to the hospital when he did… He would not be here anymore.
What I’m trying to get across to you by telling this story is to PLEASE not leave things! Get checked out! You aren’t being weak, you aren’t being a wimp or a pussy or whatever else. You are being a responsible adult, you are ensuring that you will still be here tomorrow for your family, for your friends and for yourself!!
Starting Tuesday morning I’d been having major dizzy spells, like my whole room was spinning! Another one who doesn’t like to go to the doctors I just left it, until Wednesday, well and truly shaken up by what had gone on I called the NHS 111 number, they insisted I come to the hospital (at 11.20pm!) not gunna lie, this scared the absolute crap out of me! After everything that had happened over the last day my family could not take anymore bad news. Luckily(?) I’ve been diagnosed with vertigo and not like a brain tumour or something. I mean still absolutely horrendous to deal with but at least I’m not dying!
I think I just wanted to steal my step dads thunder tbh lol but in all seriousness you can never be too careful with your health so please don’t treat life like its infinite.
Another thing I have taken from this experience is not to take anything for granted! Me and my step dad have not always seen eye to eye (understatement of the century) but over recent years we’ve come to tolerate and dare I say even like each other haha! He’s been there for me when I’ve needed help and the thought of him in such trouble, knocked me for six (much to some people’s surprise.)
It may be cliché but Forgive and forget. Never go to sleep angry. Tell them you love them. Keep everyone you hold dear as close as you can, cause there’s no time for games… Life is too short!
Peace and love xoxo