I'm doing okay. Saw my GP on Friday (she's still quite lovely and quite married) and then saw the cardiologist today.
It's been two weeks since I had that heart attack and I'm afraid that today I relapsed and started puffing on my pipe. Trying not to inhale, just get some nicotine into my mouth. I HOPE this isn't a YUGE mistake. I will probably do this for a bit and then get sick of it and quit for good. I just could not stop thinking about puffing on a pipe.
What happened was a blob of crud came detached from an artery and plugged up one of the aortas. By the time I blacked out it was 100% clogged. Why it happened when it did, who knows. Wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary - adjusted the rear chain on the bike and then was commuting into work and was worried about running late.
Will another episode occur? Maybe yes, maybe no. The doctors can't say because they don't know. They think it's from smoking and I've always had high cholesterol levels since I was first tested as a kid. The thinking is smoking makes the arteries stiff and one flexed which allowed the crud to pop off.
The hospital pharmacist seemed to think this crud build up was due to smoking (pot) and cocaine abuse back in the 1980s coming back to bite me. Not current activites, stuff from the 1980s. Maybe.
That could be. I put a lot of toot up my nose and smoked a lot of pot and drank a lot of booze and ate mescaline and stuff when I was a kid. I'm sure that wasn't very good for me but at the time turning 60 wasn't much of a concern, ha, ha.
Another doctor said the hospital blames everything on smoking and he wasn't quite so sure, it could just be one of those things. I do know that smoking makes the blood thicker (which explains why riding motorcycles in the Winter never bothered me very much) and it elevates the heart rate and it narrows the passageways. All in all, not a good thing.
They have me on aspirin, a blood thinner and a cholesterol medication so we'll see.
Thank you both for asking, once they got the stent put in it took around 12 hours for my blood pressure and heart rate to stabilize and it's been good so far. I really need to lose this pipe so maybe I'll wind up with that Nicorette gum to get the craving out of my mouth. It looks like the big problem in tobacco are these weird toxic chemicals which are a byproduct of the combustion process. The nicotine gets you hooked, the toxic chemicals bump you off.
P90s sound different depending upon the thickness of the wood they're mounted in. I'll bet they sound great in a Les Paul with the carved tops.