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    This morning I went to the gym. That Smart Fit one with the Amazon smilie face logo. Came back home to cook. Started having crazy chest pains, sweating, and heavy breathing. I put a 500 mg aspirin under my tongue and let it dissolve. (i've read that's a quicker route to the bloodstream than the stomach). I had already opened a Stella Artois so i drank that down. Waited about 15 minutes. Pain was still pretty intense so I took another aspirin and drank another beer. I waited for my carrot cake to finish cooking. No way I was going to pull it out premature or let the thing burn a smoldering carrot cake death. I was patient. I took it out of the oven and retired to my bedroom.

    After 45 minutes the chest pain was still very intense so I decided I had better drive to the hospital. Just in case I was dying. Stupid luck, I got stuck behind a trash truck with no way around. Narrow road and not enough of a sidewalk. I was hunched over the wheel in pain driving slow-stop-slow all the damn way to the hospital. Aren't those trash guys religious? Why were they out collecting trash on Sunday, for Heavan's sake?

    I finally made it to the ER. A short wait to see a Doctora. She actually said my heart seems fine. She ordered a nurse to give me a shot of something in my ass. I'm not very good with Spanish and the pain had wrecked my concentration, so whatever she decided was ok with me. The end result was my ass hurt, and I got a prescription for pain pills. Pain pills here are nothing like pain pills in the USA. In the USA you know you'll probably get loopy and probably get knocked out and maybe get addicted. Here they are marginally stronger than herbal tea. They don't do that oxy vika cotton fentan pcp stuff here. I don't really think so anyway. All the farmacias here I've been in sell only OTC ****. In this country I've never seen any amber translucent plastic pill bottles with kid-proof caps and dot matrix lavels. Prescriptions here are really just like recommendations.

    So I took a couple pain pills and washed them down with a couple glasses of Scotch and hours later the pain was manageable for the moment. But it was still there. The Doctora thought I probably pulled a muscle in my chest. I thought for sure I was going to die. My daughter would grow up without a father and maybe turn into a hooker or something. They often tend to have dad issues, I think. And I just last week sponsored a poor kid in Guatemala. What would she have thought? "Thanks for that $36 bucks, mister, you're quite a philanthropist. Did I say something to make you dump me after one payment?"

    Tomorrow I have to get some lab tests to make sure I'm OK. Don't want to be another stastical dead American in DR reported on CNN.

    Luckily I didn't call for an ambulance, though, the bill would have likely been over 2,000 instead of 1,150. Dominican Pesos. Trip to the ER, US citizen, no insurance, seen by a Doctora, and a shot in the ass. I was honestly surprised they did not take advantage of me. 1,150 DOP is like $22 USD.

    Had this happened in Mexico they would have demanded $5,000 USD and prevented escape. Machine gun soldiers everywhere. At least I've heard this about US citizens going to Mexican hospitals, maybe it's true?

    We're moving to a new updated site soon. Probably not tomorrow, though, I imagine my wife will make me take all those lab tests.

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    At least your sense of humor wasn't damaged... stay positive

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    Wow, quite an eventful day, glad you’re okay. Keep us posted.

    You have a gift for writing/storytelling, who knew?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waitman View Post
    This morning I went to the gym. That Smart Fit one with the Amazon smilie face logo. Came back home to cook. Started having crazy chest pains, sweating, and heavy breathing. I put a 500 mg aspirin under my tongue and let it dissolve. (i've read that's a quicker route to the bloodstream than the stomach). I had already opened a Stella Artois so i drank that down. Waited about 15 minutes. Pain was still pretty intense so I took another aspirin and drank another beer.
    Think maybe the pain was caused by the Stella? I find that Presidente is much smoother, and never had any discomfort that I can remember. Happy to hear all is well

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    Glad you are still here. I often blame the Southern Comfort for the heart attack I had back in the USA.

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    Seek a 2nd opinion asap

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexw View Post
    Seek a 2nd opinion asap
    In the D.R., second and third opinions are very important.
    If really serious, back to the States for confident test.

    I got a blood test at a well known clinic that showed my cholesterol was very high.

    Heart doctor prescribed medication for high cholesterol.

    I told her I don't believe the test results because I always have excellent cholesterol levels.
    Previous test in States, less then 3 months earlier showed excellent cholesterol levels.

    I took another test at a different clinic, my results were back to my NORMAL excellent level.
    Later test in the States also showed excellent cholesterol levels.

    Heart doctor still insisted that I take the medication for the rest of my life.

    Needles to say, I never went back to that heart doctor.

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    I've learned through experiences with my kids that it's good to learn how to read the lab test results and understand what medicines they prescribe and why. Sometimes you have to go find a specialist to get a better idea of what's causing the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagoDR View Post
    In the D.R., second and third opinions are very important.
    If really serious, back to the States for confident test.

    I got a blood test at a well known clinic that showed my cholesterol was very high.

    Heart doctor prescribed medication for high cholesterol.

    I told her I don't believe the test results because I always have excellent cholesterol levels.
    Previous test in States, less then 3 months earlier showed excellent cholesterol levels.

    I took another test at a different clinic, my results were back to my NORMAL excellent level.
    Later test in the States also showed excellent cholesterol levels.

    Heart doctor still insisted that I take the medication for the rest of my life.

    Needles to say, I never went back to that heart doctor.
    Prolly a good move. I started out about 10 years ago with a level of 250. I went all in with no red meat, no chicken, no egg yolks the whole bit. I still do that and of course I no longer think about it unless I read something like this. My current level is 127 and it runs no higher that 135. I have a blood test EVERY 3 month. (tomorrow I'm due). About 6 months ago there was a spike. I call the dr. Response was " Not important. It happens. What is important is the historical data. "The normal" as you call it.

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    As far as the aspirin goes...
    Don't they now recommend that you chew two and swallow, rather than letting it dissolve?

    Btw...
    Heck of a story with a truly lovely happy ending.
    Especially the carrot cake bit.
    (haha)

    I have my own issues with cholesterol and heart disease.
    Is there anybody out there that can describe the nature of the chest pains one should be on the lookout for?
    What sort of pain is it?
    Sharp stabbing?
    Dull throbbing?
    Steady or intermittent?
    Anybody know?

    Several years ago I received a diagnosis from a clinic in Punta Cana (blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart issues, etc.)
    They prescribed several medications which I duly purchased at a local pharmacy.
    I returned home not long after and based on a somewhat skeptical acceptance of the diagnosis I stopped taking the pills and went about life as normal.
    Within the year I was forced to accept that all was not well and a visit to the hospital emergency department confirmed that the diagnosis I had received from the local yokels had been dead on right in every way.
    All of which might go to show that while a healthy does of skepticism can serve well, too much can be a deadly weapon turned on us with a vengeance.

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