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AJ
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posted 06-09-2013 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Get well soon, Tim! You're a tough nut and I know you'll get through this! Best wishes to the whole Gagnon family.

Gonzo
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posted 06-09-2013 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, as others have said, my prayers go to you, Lynn and your family. To use a word you may not know, "tonglen" will be done in your favor.

All the best for a speedy recovery.

_/\_

ilbasso
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posted 06-09-2013 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best wishes, Tim! Get some rest and let us do the worrying for you! Hope you're back home and feeling right as rain soon.

Spacemac
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posted 06-10-2013 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacemac   Click Here to Email Spacemac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best wishes for a speedy recovery as one of my favorite space artists

Fra Mauro
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posted 06-10-2013 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fra Mauro   Click Here to Email Fra Mauro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best wishes for a speedy recovery from the Cathedral Prep Air & Space Association. Our prayers are with you!

manilajim
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posted 06-10-2013 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish you a speedy recovery Tim. Best Wishes. — Jim Sigler

buckeyecal
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posted 06-10-2013 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for buckeyecal   Click Here to Email buckeyecal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
God's blessings and get well soon to a very talented dude and a pleasure to know thru our emails. Take care buddy.

(If you have a chance down the road, check out "Space Warriors" on the Hallmark Channel. Josh Lucas's character is wearing a bomber jacket with a VERY familiar looking patch... from STS-129!!!)

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posted 06-10-2013 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My prayers are with you for a speedy and full recovery.

dogcrew5369
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posted 06-10-2013 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best wishes Tim for a speedy and full recovery.

KAPTEC
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posted 06-11-2013 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HE IS BACK AT HOME!!!
Take care Tim. We need you... too

lm5eagle
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posted 06-11-2013 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is the best news I have heard since Tim took unwell. Keep up this fantastic progress and DO NOT be tempted back to work too soon. We know what you are like. All the Best.

KSCartist
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posted 06-11-2013 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have permission to climb out of my recliner long enough to post this. Here's the story about my adventure last Friday which I hope to never repeat:

On Friday, June 7, I was running a couple of errands before going to work and when leaving the last one started getting a pain in my left chest and left arm. I recognized it immediately (from the episode on May 26) but of course my first response was disbelief. Dammit this cannot be happening! I had just passed an echocardiogram, stress test and two days before met with my cardiologist.

I was about a mile from the house when I called Lynn to meet me in the driveway with the nitroglycerine and to call 911. I knew I had to get home because that's where my medicine was. I didn't want to stop on the side of the road because I felt less likely to get help in enough time.

When I arrived home, Lynn ran out and I took the nitro. She was on the phone giving 911 our info and answering questions. They also had me chew four baby aspirin immediately. I opened the car door but couldn't get out. It hurt A LOT and I was sweating more than I ever had before.

It seemed like a long time but the EMTs arrived and took over. They rushed me to the hospital and in the ambulance had trouble getting readings on their equipment because I was sweating so bad. They said I actually had the attack as we arrived at the hospital.

In the ER they began their procedures, they gave me morphine for the pain (didn't help), ran EKGs and prepped me for the catherization. When they got me into the Cath Lab, they discovered two arteries blocked. One at 100%, one branching off of that at 90%. They opened the branch first and when that oxygenated blood went to that part of my heart (lower front ventricle) it went nuts. I coded. Trish (my daughter who's an RN) and Lynn heard the call "Code 2 in the Cath Lab" on the overhead speaker and Trish knew what that was immediately. They rushed from the ICU waiting room going to the Cath Lab. As they arrived at the lab the Chaplain and an administrator met them outside the room. That's when Lynn lost it. I was gone for two minutes. It took chest compressions and four shocks from the defibrillator to revive me. I had no idea I crashed until I came to. Thank God they were successful.

The part of my heart that suffered the lack of blood is working at 45%. I'm on a couple of new Rx — one is a thinner that I will take for the next year or two. I have some lesser blockages that they believe the medicine will dissolve.

Right now the memory is fresh, I am super-motivated to eat right and exercise. But human nature being what it is, that can change. To make sure I never forget, I asked the hospital to give me a copy of my EKG when my heart stopped. It shows the shocks and return to sinus rhythm when they were successful. I am going to frame it along with my wrist bracelet and hang it over my desk.

Every moment after being revived is a gift and I don't ever want to forget that.

I'll be home from work for the next two weeks, won't drive for a few days, and I have a follow up with my cardiologist next week.

You all have no idea how much your emails, prayers and messages mean to me and my family. I'll never be able to thank you enough. God Bless all of you in the cS community.

Tim

cspg
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posted 06-11-2013 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Phew, talking about a close call...

And I didn't know that nitroglycerine was used as medication!

Take it easy.

Dan Lorraine
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posted 06-11-2013 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dan Lorraine   Click Here to Email Dan Lorraine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am so glad to hear about your miraculous story. I am 54 years old and was read the "Last Rites" in early March and almost died... so I know what another chance feels like. I wish you the very best for a speedy recovery!

KAPTEC
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posted 06-12-2013 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes Chris. It is called in Spain at least "Cafinitrina", english translated as "Sublingual nitroglycerin."

Jurg Bolli
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posted 06-12-2013 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Take care of yourself, eat right and exercise!

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posted 06-12-2013 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, we are all grateful that you are still with us and hopefully for many years to come.

Please try to stay on your diet and Rx.

Every day is a gift.

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posted 06-12-2013 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cascader   Click Here to Email Cascader     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Tim, great to hear you're getting better after your "scare". I can only add my best wishes to everybody else's. Tim has been very generous in my my dealings with him (giving me free patches or reduced postage etc). You're a great guy and I (and all other collectors you've ever dealt with)wish you a complete and speedy recovery.

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posted 06-12-2013 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Falcon109   Click Here to Email Falcon109     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, if you're anything like me you'll find it easy to be motivated to exercise and eat properly during and after your cardiac rehab.

Since my own "widowmaker" experience last October I have been diligent in keeping up with my daily walks, along with occasional bike rides or other activities, and maintaining a low-sodium, fresh & healthy diet.

Although they do a wonderful job at the Ottawa Heart Institute and I'm grateful that they saved my life, I have no desire to make more than the occasional short follow-up visit. That's what keeps me motivated.

All best wishes for success in your recovery and rehab.

chet
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posted 06-12-2013 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very scary story.

Glad you're still with us, and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

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posted 06-13-2013 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
Phew, talking about a close call...

And I didn't know that nitroglycerine was used as medication!


Very close call and very lucky to have survived the preliminary and primary myocardial hit!

It's worth a quick recap for everyone on aspects of the American Heart Association's Chain-of-Survival.

If you or someone around you ever experiences one or more symptoms such as:
- sudden intense retrosternal chest pain
- left chest pain radiating into the left arm
- tingling in the lips and/or jawbone
- acute shortness of breath
- intense diaphoresis (sweating)
- epigastric discomfort like really bad indigestion
- feeling faint/dizzy/nausea
- feeling of impending doom
then call 911 and get EMS mobilised ASAP to your location.

Early recognition of symptoms, early EMS activation, early CPR, early defibrillation and early definitive care save lives. Time is heart muscle and every minute counts. Bystanders really can make a huge difference in the Platinum 10 minute period after onset of a cardiac episode just by calling 911 and knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED (Defibrillator) - bystanders buy critical time for EMS/ER professionals.

If you haven't taken an AHA CPR/AED class, it's well worth it. Bear in mind that the Father of CPR Dr. Peter Safar originally promoted Cardio-Pulmonary-Cerebral Resuscitation CPCR because although the main objective is to keep the heart and lungs circulating blood and oxygen, preserving brain function is just as important for good clinical outcomes.

The nitroglycerine referred to forms part of the initial treatment protocol for acute coronary syndromes - Aspirin (antiplatelet - blood clot inhibitor) and Nitroglycerine (vasodilator - blood vessel expander) and Oxygen. Morphine is sometimes indicated as a pain reliever.

One last point to bear in mind is that Echo/Stress/12 Lead ECG tests may not always show up an impending myocardial hit. Very often it is not until a patient is actually in a Cardiac Cath Lab having an Angiogram that severe occlusions in the coronary tree become evident.

Tim, welcome back - glad you survived what many sadly don't.

Jay Chladek
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posted 06-13-2013 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh man, I hate long days at work because it took me THIS long to finally read about what happened. Talk about a margin thin close call my friend!

Glad to hear you are on the mend, but this is most certainly going to be a bit of a life changer. I think you had an angel looking out for you ole buddy!

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posted 06-15-2013 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim and Lynn, you and your family are in my prayers. Tim, I wish you a speedy recovery. Get well soon!

Take care and God Bless!!!

space1
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posted 06-15-2013 10:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, best wishes for a swift recovery. Your story helps us all appreciate every minute. God bless you.

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posted 06-18-2013 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfurtaw   Click Here to Email sfurtaw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, while we have never had any interaction or crossing of paths, I have always enjoyed your postings and especially your artwork. As with so many others here, you and your family are in my prayers. — Scott

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posted 06-18-2013 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tim, I'd like to wish you a speedy recovery and all the best. Thanks for sharing your experience and how you responded to it. It may save other lives as well!

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posted 06-20-2013 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW Tim... how incredibly scary for you and your family. As we say in Scotland... "Keep taking the Tartan tablets"... Get well soon and best wishes, Derek

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posted 06-20-2013 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a nightmare and I wish you a speedy recovery.

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posted 06-23-2013 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh my gosh, I just found this thread and I'm so glad you're recovering, Tim. You produced my 2011 Space Camp team patch and did such a beautiful job! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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posted 06-24-2013 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to hear you're back on the mend. This is also a blessing to others to help us be mindful to be vigilant in case we or a loved one has problems. Thank you.

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posted 06-24-2013 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Best wishes Tim.

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posted 06-25-2013 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't thank everyone enough for their kind words, prayers and well wishes. It means the world to me and my family.

Here's an update:

Things are not quite the same as Lynn and I thought when I was discharged from the hospital. But it was a stressful few days so we could have misunderstood. I saw my cardiologist on the 19th. We had a nice long visit with my doctor and he stayed until we asked every question we had.

The one artery left untreated due to the way my heart responded to the stents, is 70% blocked. It will have to be dealt with but he doesn't want to risk it just yet. He wants me to recover from the heart attack first. The meds I'm on will not and can not "dissolve" the plaque.

Next month I will begin a Cardio Rehab exercise program. Two weeks after, I'll have another echocardiogram. At the end of July another follow up appointment. Then soon after I'll have a profusion stress test to see how well my blood is following to the entire heart. I'll be out of work until at least the end of July.

The good news is that since my physical last spring I have dropped 20 pounds. On June 20th my friend John and I were treated to a private walk through of the new Atlantis exhibit by retired astronaut Jon McBride, Captain USN (ret). It was awesome! It happened to coincide with a media day. So I had a chance to chat with Rob Pearlman. Robert was stunned to see me up and about so soon. I explained that space is the best medicine.

I would really like to be there on the 29th, but it's going to be an absolute mad house and I still get tired too easily. I know it would be fun meeting up with cSer's who will be attending. We'll see.


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