Shark of the Month October 13
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Was northern Maine, now gulf coast of Florida
I feel like I've about to join AA ... but for over eaters!
My name is Kevin and I'm an over eater. GR8BIGDUDE (Joe) inspired me to get involved here. I'm 6'3" and a month ago I was 316 lbs. On Feb. 18th, one day before my 61st. birthday, I suffered a mild heart attack. This is the 6th one I've had since last October. They start with indigestion, then a strong belly ache, then pain that gets very strong between my shoulder blades. The pain then radiates over to the left shoulder and down the arm to my wrist. These usually last about 45-90 minutes. I say all this so that hopefully it helps someone here some day to identify it if they have the same or similar symptoms. Some people get severe chest pain, some like me get the pain between the shoulder blades.
I have 100% blockage of the circumflex artery that they tried to breach with a wire to install a stint, but the blockage is old and very calcified. The cardiac interventionist said it was like trying to push a wire through bone. I also am not a candidate for an arterial by-pass as that artery is itself calcified. The nurse practitioner said it would be like trying to sew cooked spaghetti to hard uncooked spaghetti. The chance of success is very dubious.
I am aware that both my dad and mom had heart blockage issues (father had by-pass, mother has stint) but I love food, particularly good tasting food. I've been heavy all my life but ballooned up to 290 plus after quitting smoking 18 years ago and having to be on some meds (Beta blockers) that made me gain weight. That and a decrease of exercise that just seems to come with age put me at 316.
Unlike others who are always waiting for a magic pill, I knew all along that I was going to have blockage at some point but rationalized my eating by thinking, what the hell, I can always have a stint - that's painless. And if for some reason I couldn't get a stint, my back up plan was that there's always by-pass surgery. I never considered the fact that I might not be able to get either. That was quite a shock.
By the way, my weight was also the primary factor for me having hypertension (high blood pressure), having to have a total replacement of my left knee 7 years ago, and various other issues.
I'm "coming clean" here because I hope this new sub-forum helps others to face up to the fact that if you're obese you're killing yourself with food. I eat a lot, but things get out of hand when I'm stressed with work or personal issues - which is way too often. I now have no choice but to pay the piper and start eating better, eating less, and start exercising. I guess walking upstairs to the fridge for a pint of Ben and Jerry's around 9:00 when I'm watching TV doesn't qualify as exercise!
I don't intend to go on a strict diet, I am instead just eating better (a container of greek yogurt and a banana for breakfast is replacing 2-3 donuts) and eating less (one burger instead of two burgers and a handful of chips. Hell, I even tried a turkey burger the other night!). It seems to be working because in 6 weeks I've lost 12 lbs.
I want to live to see my 2 grandkids play sports and graduate college and all those other special moments in one's life. Plus my wife is currently in remission from multiple myeloma cancer and I need to be around to help her when it comes back. For those reasons I'm determind to beat this thing and get healthy. Hopefully this new sub-forum section will allow all of us who struggle with these or other health issues to seek a little encouragement and find some satisfacation in helping others.
Thanks again to the Admins for creating this opportunity. This IS clearly the best 2 wheel website on the net.
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” - HST
Last edited by Uncle Fuzzy; 03-15-2013 at 10:16 AM.