It’s November 30 here in Thailand, and it was on this date one year ago that Steve had a heart attack. It feels important to acknowledge this anniversary date because it really was the springboard for a lot of life changes, including the ones that brought us here to travel about Southeast Asia.
It’s still pretty fresh the memories from that day. It was a Saturday morning just after breakfast, and we were discussing going to the farmers market for our weekly shop. Steve said that he wasn’t feeling well, but at first we didn’t think much about it. As a bit of time went on the pressure in his neck, and that feeling of indigestion was getting worse, enough so that he was concerned and we decided to call for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, they did some tests, but at that point his symptoms were atypical, and it wasn’t clear that he was actually having a heart attack. It wasn’t until we were in the ER and they ran some blood tests that we found out he was indeed having a heart attack, and would soon be off to have a stent put in. We were stunned, but we still didn’t think it was real, after all Steve was only 42 and wasn’t old enough to have a heart attack – was he?
We have learned so much since then, and that was a wake up call which we both needed to examine our health, not just on a physical level, but on all levels – body/mind/spirit. I will always be grateful to the caregivers at the Mazankowski Heart Institute for the amazing work they did to save both of our lives really. They saved Steve by fixing his heart, and by caring for him during and after the event, but they saved me as well by offering the support of various specialists as we walked the road to recovery.
I am very grateful for so many things, and I feel a bit overwhelmed when I start thinking about them all. Obviously the fact that I still have my wonderful husband alive and well by my side is a big one, and that we have our health, which we’ve been slowly making improvements to. I feel so blessed that we could find the money to take a career break and venture out to see the world, so that we can create new memories and experiences together.
It’s still surreal and I sometimes can’t believe that I’m actually here, living my dream of traveling the world, and that I get to do it with my favourite person, my partner and best friend.
Thanks for reading, now go hug someone you love! 🙂