Heart Attack?

I Should Have Followed My Own Advice

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Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:14 pm, driving in San Francisco.
Chest pain, tightness.  Left arm in pain.  Sweating starts – my scalp is drenched.  I look at my Apple watch.  It records my pulse rate.  124 two minutes ago.  Now it’s 128.  Uh oh.  I’m having a heart attack.!
So begins the first day of the rest of my life – a different life than before.
I’m not one to panic, but I got really scared.  I thought I actually might die in my car.  What should I do?
I thought about finding an emergency room in San Francisco – or a hospital.  I asked SIRI – “Emergency Room Near Me”.  SIRI responded with several options – 1 mile north, 1.5 miles east, etc.  I would have to find the hospital, find the emergency entrance, park the car, go inside, go through insurance, etc.  By the time I was about to decide – about 5 minutes, the pain subsided.  I checked my heartbeat several times and it was reducing – 110, then 105.  I decided I’d drive back to the Peninsula and find a place to go there.  I rifled through my wallet and found my insurance card.  I called to find out a location that would be covered.
I confronted my own mortality head on.  Why didn’t I do the things I advise others to do?

I’m not one to panic, but I got really scared. I thought I actually might die in my car. What should I do?

I thought about finding an emergency room in San Francisco – or a hospital. I asked SIRI – “Emergency Room Near Me”. SIRI responded with several options – 1 mile north, 1.5 miles east, etc. I would have to find the hospital, find the emergency entrance, park the car, go inside, go through insurance, etc. By the time I was about to decide – about 5 minutes, the pain subsided. I checked my heartbeat several times and it was reducing – 110, then 105. I decided I’d drive back to the Peninsula and find a place to go there. I rifled through my wallet and found my insurance card. I called to find out a location that would be covered.

I confronted my own mortality head on.

 

Updates as my saga continues.