OUR NEWSLETTER May 2009 www.Cierrasisters.org Editor: Tanya R. Jones FEMALE HEART ATTACKS MI (Myocardial Infarction) Symptoms differ between women and men I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, This is a great description of how a heart attack can started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to feel different to women than men. myself, 'If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the Time lost is lost muscle. Did you know that women rarely have the same dra- next room where the phone is or anywhere else ... but, on the matic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and attack… you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up.' I pulled mychest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to self up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of room and dialed the paramedics .... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building one woman's experience with a heart atI pulled myself up with under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I tack. "I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM the arms of the chair, didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional walked slowly into the facts. trauma that one would suspect might have She said she was sending the paramedics over next room and dialed immediately, asked if the front door was near me, brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my the paramedics. and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down lap, reading an interesting story my friend .... I unlocked the door on the floor where they could see me when they had sent me, and actually thinking, A-A-h, and then laid down on came in. this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, I unlocked the door and then laid down on the the floor as instructed floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up. A moment later, I felt that awful sensation and lost consciousness, don't remember the paramedics coming in, their of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry …. examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to made to St. Jude ER on the way. I did briefly awaken when feel like you've swallowed a golf ball... going down the we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me askneeded to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a ing questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again. I did not wake up until the cardiologist and partner had already hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m. After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gain- side stints to hold open my right coronary artery…. ing speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when adminis- must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paratering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my medics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the throat and branched out into both jaws. call. Both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away 'AHA!!' NOW I stopped puzzling about what was hap- from my home, and my cardiologist was already on the go to pening --- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the the OR in his scrubs to get going on restarting my heart jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, 'Dear God, I think procedure) and installing the stints… I'm having a heart attack!' Cont. on pg 2 Inside this issue: The Founder’s Desk —2 Words of Wisdom—4 Steps Along our Journey— 3 Calendar of Events—4 Prayer list—3 Founder’s Desk Greetings my Brothers and Sistas Women’s Heart Attack Cont’d pg 1 Why have I written all of this to you with so much When I think about the things that we all detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in have gone through and are going through my life to know what I learned first hand. the words to this song ring in my ears, and 1. Be aware that something very different is happenI would like to share them with you. ing in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inex- I Truly Won’t Complain [Verse1:] I've had some good days I've had some hills to climb I've had some weary days And some sleepless nights But when I look around And I think things over All of my good days Out-weigh my bad days I won't complain [Verse2:] Sometimes the clouds are low I can hardly see the road I ask a question, Lord Lord, why so much pain? But he knows what's best for me Although my weary eyes They can't see So I'll just say thank you Lord I won't complain [Chorus:] The Lord has been so good to me He's been good to me More than this old world or you could ever be He's been so good to me He dried all of my tears away Turned my midnights into day So I'll just say thank you Lord [Verse3:] I've been lied on But thank you Lord I've been talked about But thank you Lord I've been misunderstood But thank you Lord You might be sick Body reeking with pain But thank you Lord The bills are due Don't know where the money coming from But thank you Lord Thank you Lord [Ending:] So I'll just say thank you Lord, I won't complain Stay encouraged Yours In Health, Bridgette Hoping You Had A Blessed Mother's Day Page 2 plicable things happening (it was my sternum and jaw getting into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one. They commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the paramedics if ANYTHING unpleasant is happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' than risk your life guessing what it might be! 2.. Note that I said 'Call the paramedics' and if you can, take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live. If it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The paramedics do, principally the OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your doctor will be notified later. 3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that an elevated cholesterol reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MI’s are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive. Contributed Article Cierra Sisters’ Wish list In-Kind Services: Legal, Financial, Grant Writers Donation for Printing/Mailing : Monthly Newsletter and Correspondence Volunteers for: Special projects, Fund raisers and Office Work Office Equipment: Computer, Software, Printer, and Copier Don’t Forget This Date $25 $25 Presents Its Annual When: June 6, 2009 Time: 1:00 noon – 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:30) Where: Central Area Senior Center 500 30th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98118 PRAYER LIST Ron, Edree, Kanesha, JAron Snow December, Able Hewitt, Victor Morrissey Sally Fredericks, Kenny Ray, Barbara Lewis Pauline Baggett Felecia Attaberry Fran Hopper, Francine Martin, Ia Gregor Diane Beaty Mary Agard Norma Crews The Greene Family Bridgette Hempstead & Family Joshua Richardson Jr. and Family Twins Joan, Jean and Family Eshaun and her fiancé Sending healing thoughts and well wishes to those who are not listed, but still in our hearts and prayers Call 206-505-9194 for tickets Steps Along Our Journey My name is Sandra (Cook) Evans; I was born in Beaumont, Texas. My family moved to Seattle in 1952, and then we moved to Oxnard, California in 1960. I graduated from high school in 1968 and immediately married my first husband. He was in the military and we went abroad to Germany for three years. From this union, three sons were born, Vernon, Walter Jr. and Jason Bell. This union did not last and I return to Seattle in 1978. I am now married to a loving man, Kevin Evans and we have been married for 22 wonderful years. It was in the fifth year of marriage that our love was challenged; it was in 1992, and I had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I was told it was aggressive and I would need surgery right away. They had found lumps in both breasts, so on the day of surgery I had to have a total mastectomy. Fortunately, only the right breast was malignant, Praise the Lord. And despite having been told I had an aggressive form of cancer, I was not worried; The Lord had given me peace; I was in church at the time and was told it was not my time to die. I then asked all of my friends to forgive me if I had done anything wrong to them; I wanted to be right with them, as well as God before I went under the knife. I have great Faith and was able to trust God. When I went through chemo and radiation therapy, I did not know what it would be like and had no knowledge of health care; what I could eat or how I would feel, what I need to know period. I had no support group at the time I was going through. It was years later, when I met Bridgette of Cierra Sisters that I found out what a blessing a support group could be. I find Cierra Sisters is a great support group; we have fun and we can talk about anything. Don’t get me wrong, I had great support from my Family and Friends and Church Family. Also my Work Family was there for me in everyway; I really want to thank them for looking out for me; to drink my water. (Smile) they know who they are! Especially my husband Kevin; whom I believe is the best support system in this world. Now that I look back, I believe my husband suffered the most because he really didn’t have a support system. He held it all in to keep me from worrying. This was my husbands way of showing me he was strong. I wish he would have had someone to talk to, because down the road it really did affect him. How much he had suffered came to light on our following anniversary and we were in the hot tube. It was after chemo, all of my hair had fallen out, and I realized that my husband had not seen me without a head covering since this ordeal had begun. I also realized I was afraid to be seen by him, bare headed. But when he finally convinced me to take off the head wrap, he said “he found me beautiful and loved me just the way I was.” I tell this story as a way to say, “Sisters, don’t leave your Man out. Let him know just how you are feeling and what you are going through.” They want to be there for you, but they are scared to death and don’t know how to tell you because of this man-pride thing they are told about at a young age. As for me, I am doing well and on the 18 th of May it will be 17 years that I’ve overcome. I give all Praises to the Lord who is the head of my life and to all of my Family and Friends who still support me. “Give it all to the Lord and he will fight your battles.” Luke 4:18 is my favorite scripture and Heb 11:2 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” You can’t see it but if you trust and believe it will happen for you. Look to the hills which cometh your help, for it comes from the Lord. God Bless You all. Page 3 Words of Wisdom Cierra Sisters’ Choosing your battles wisely 2009 Calendar Everyday, we consciously and unconsciously choose what battles we will take on, without giving much thought to the impact of our Meetings Every Fourth Thursday decisions. But then there are times when we make a conscience decision to make real changes in our lives. These battles demand Rainier Community Center that we use wisdom, and that we take a profound inventory of 4600 38th Ave. S. Seattle, WA ourselves. 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