At 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 5, a strange pressure in my chest awoke me from my sleep. As a 45-year-old man, with 15 years of medical experience, I dismissed it and took some Tums, which worked for 10 minutes. Then the feeling came back, not unbearable, but bothersome, and a pressure I had never felt before.
I decided to call 911, and the Everett Fire medics showed up quickly, and transported me to the new Providence Emergency Department. I was initially taken to a cardiac room, and was attended to immediately by a two nurses. Within a couple minutes the doctor was in the room ordering tests, X-rays, etc. In the next 15 minutes my life changed drastically, as I was informed I was having a heart attack. I told the doctor I was not, and needed to get back home by 6 p.m. to feed my mother. I still was not processing the information I had just received until two nurses in scrubs showed up, and then I knew where I was headed … to the Cardiac Cath Lab. I had a stent placed and by noon was resting with no pain or discomfort in my private room in the new tower.
I want to let the Snohomish County residents know how satisfied I am and what a wonderful job the entire staff at Providence did for me. I am writing this at home, Sunday night at 6:15 p.m., with no ill effects from any treatments.
We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful community resource staffed with the best people in Washington state. Please support the wonderful work they are doing for our community, as I start a new chapter in my life thanks to the team at Providence.