That feeling was unique. It was unlike anything Mike had ever experienced. He had read about the symptoms of a heart attack before, but this was like nothing he could have ever anticipated. The little tingling in his arm. The tightness in his chest. The difficulty breathing. He had immediately associated those symptoms with the activity he was doing at the moment. He knew that he was older, in his 70s, and things didn’t quite feel like they had in the past. He just never imagined he was actually having a heart attack.
His wife called emergency services.
He doesn’t remember the final moments before he actually collapsed, but his wife was right there. He didn’t hear her scream or call out his name over and over.
The next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital relieved to still be alive. His doctor told him what happened, the severity of the heart attack, and that recovery was possible. His doctor had every expectation of him getting back to good health and that was a great relief.
The steps Mike took from that point moving forward were vital to his recovery.
He found the right support.
His wife was more than willing to help him through this recovery, but he was a lot bigger than her. Both being in their 70s, he knew that her trying to help him out of bed, lifting him at times, or doing other physically exerted activities to support him would tax her body too much.
He found a home care aide who had a lot of experience and strength to assist in those first weeks.
He paid attention to his doctor’s instructions.
Even though he was discouraged at first about recovery, he kept looking at his doctor’s instructions. He was told to take certain prescription medications at designated times, exercise, change his diet, and possibly work with a physical therapist to regain strength. He did all those things because he wanted to be around for a while longer.
He kept a journal.
His doctor recommended he keep a journal. He didn’t think it was all that important at first, but within a few weeks there was a moment he felt discouraged, as though nothing was getting better. He didn’t feel any improvement, he didn’t feel stronger, but because he kept a journal detailing every day, he was able to see, on paper, progress.
This helped him through the lengthy recovery process and he was eventually able to return to normal.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in Spring Branch, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
During his eight-year tenure as an administrator, Mr. Gerber was responsible for managing and coordinating caregivers and long-term care professionals in the ultimate delivery of quality care and providing a quality of life for countless residents in the three skilled nursing facilities that he managed.
He has also spoken with numerous groups of adult children and their parents on subjects such as long-term care housing options available today, tips on how to select a long-term care provider, assessing when it’s time to consider long-term care, the caregiver’s role reversal when caring for an aging parent, how to legally make your long-term health care wishes known to other family members and health care providers, and how to finance long-term care.
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