Well, it’s not from the grass I licked it that’s for sure !
Meet my Stented Papa – Norman Good. Dad is 30 years older than me and is still going strong thankfully. I wrote in a previous post that (CVD) genes will get ya irrespective of age. At the ripe age of 48, Dad had a heart attack and ended up needing a triple by-pass. No stents in those days so it was the traditional by-pass for him. Fuck me, I am so thankful that I didn’t need my chest cut open I’ll tell ya. Modern technical advances 1 – Cut your chest open 0.
However, Dad’s relationship with his (bad) heart didn’t stop there. He’s since had a few mini heart attacks and has had 2 stents put into his heart (at different times) with the last one going in only 2 months before I found out I needed to get 4 put into my heart. But the man is still smoking (against my better judgement!) although he has tried to give up several times, he always ends up back on them at some point. Old Dog & New Tricks I guess. I use to give him grief, play the ‘you have 2 beautiful granddaughters now’ card but it goes in one ear and out the other. When not smoking, he is a ‘un-happy non-smoker’. Where as myself & The Missus gave them up on the same day together over 6 years ago now and it was the best move we were made so thank you to the Allen Carr‘s Easy Way to Stop Smoking clinic in Cork.
Dad is on a few more tablets than me it has to be said. We are both on Asprin (75mg) / Plavix (75mg) / Lipitor (40mg Dad / 80 mg Me). Due to me being brought back into hospital a few times since getting the stents, I’m on Seretral for anxiety which he isn’t and he’s on beta blockers & blood pressure tabs which I’m not. I’m also due to stop Plavix in about 2 months and now my Cholesterol is down, the Lipitor should also come down to 40mg (hopefully).
So at 37, I’m pretty sure I’m now the youngest member of the Good family to have a cardiac procedure (I stand to be corrected on that) – NOT an award I wanted believe but one I now have none the less.
Most families have some disease that runs in the family, the Good’s have heart disease. And I have not been exempt, I have however been lucky, and that my friends, is absolute fact.