|Oct. 26, 2011|
Discussion: PLAY OF THE TOURNAMENT (SSWC)
Happily ever after... Let me start out this message with the same thanks and appreciation. First and foremost I would like to thank Bill for his professionalism, compassion, skill and the willingness to step-up. And of course all my friends and teammates who's thoughts and prayers, I believe, is what is allowing me to write this today. I know I also had support and prayer from many SSUSA players and supporters that I've never met, and that I do appreciate. And a shout-out to my Coach Ken Childress, Steve with his De-fib and Doug for the coordination of this "lifesaving" story. Now the story and maybe a message.
Background; I'm 52, always been very active, workout, walk the golf courses, don't drink, don't smoke and well, don't chew anymore as of Friday and so-on. I do own part of this story, because I know more than my doctors, so I thought. I've worked in the Fire Service now for 32 years and this stuff doesn't happen to me, it happens to others and I'm the one running to the adjoining field, like Bill did. I have a family history of high cholesterol, was directed by my doc to take my meds, but hey they made my muscles sore, and softball season was approaching, you know the rest... (message)
Event; Second game of the AM on Friday, after running the bases in the first inning, I began having chest and jaw pain, but then again this stuff doesn't happen to me. By the sixth (5th?) inning the pain had intensified, I couldn't get a breath, someone had turned up the brightness of the world and I realized this WAS happening to me, beginning about 45 minutes earlier. Walked off the field and finally said "uncle"... (message) The rest is described well above, although there's one minor detail that deserve some additional clarification. It may have seemed like I never lost consciousness and I may not have, but I did leave just for a moment.
Outcome; After the fine care of you all and Scottsdale FD’s finest, I arrived at the Mayo Clinic with 100% occlusion (blockage) of my Right Coronary Artery . Into and out of surgery in less than an hour and I’m now the proud owner/operator of my first stent. The echo cardiogram (to measure heart damage) shows less than 1% damage. I left the hospital Sunday afternoon with no physical restrictions, and a pile of medications that I WILL be taking. (message) oh, some nicotine gum too... Of course some follow up tests to come, bottom line………….. how blessed am I?
Speaking of Blessed. I would like to thank EVERYONE who kept me in their thoughts during this life changing time. Unfortunately it’s true, sometimes it takes a life altering event to put life into perspective. When it comes down to it, it’s the love of family and friends that really matters. All the other stuff is just that, stuff.
I felt it appropriate to write this message, I owe so many people thanks. So from me Brad Doerflinger and my family to my SSUSA family…. Thank You All So Much…. See you on the field next year... YES!