Monday, February 14, 2011

Aspirin for Valentine's Day

Long-time readers of this blog may remember that two-and-three-quarters years ago, Joe and I came to understand in a very personal way that hearts are not just pink and red paper, tiny pastel candies with imprinted wishes, gold or silver lockets, but also the difference between life and death.

When he woke me to speak of chest pain that wouldn't go away, I gave him an aspirin and took him to the ER.  There, after the catheterization and insertion of the first stent, the doctor told me that the aspirin and speed of getting to the ER had helped to make the difference.

Now I carry in my wallet a little plastic pill envelope containing a couple of aspirin (and three or four of his nitroglycerin tablets).  Someday, someone may need them.

Sometime, somewhere, I read about the importance of aspirin as a first response to chest pain.  Perhaps this post will be that sometime, somewhere for you.


14 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Bless your heart; and Joe's! This is a wonderful PSA, great advice that can't be overstated.

Nancy said...

I need to get some right now and add to my purse and each of our glove compartments... Aspirin is a blood thinner so it helps blood get past the blockage..

*karendianne. said...

Yes, I do indeed remember. A very wise reminder, Nancy.

Chez said...

Thank you, Nancy.

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Pat said...

Running out at lunch to get me some. I you HEART you(and Joe) for reminding all of us.

WV: colid. Having a collar, as in "Only colid shirts may be worn in the reastaurant; no tee shirts are permitted."

May also apply to that southern treat, colid greens.

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Salem Stitcher said...

I believe I'll be heading to the Walgreens to get some aspirin. Just in case...someone, somewhere...

Thanks for the reminder.

Happy Heart Day to you and your sweetheart!

Char said...

Thank you for your post. I haven't had any heart problems but have siblings who have. I always carry aspirin also and have two in a tin at my bed side.

Mimi said...

Nancy, thanks for the reminder. I have meant to do this for some time now...I think your post might just be the nudge I need. Putting the aspirin in my wallet seems like a good place, easy to grab at a moment when needed.

Thankfully you had the cool head to give your dear hubby an aspirin and then get him to the ER. Bless your heart.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

The new crystal aspirin are being widely touted but my pharmacy here still does not have them in. Your CA cuz (now in Mesa, AZ)

Quiltdivajulie said...

I, too, carry aspirin - for DH and also for myself (and any others who may cross my path and be in need).

GREAT post!!

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

I carry those little single dose sealed packets. You never know who or where they might come in handy !~!

Tanya said...

Yes, I do remember that post and when I was in the States I bought a bottle of aspirin "just in case". I hope if and when the time ever comes I'll remember to take the aspirin.