Reality Check

6 years ago

Six months after my husband and I were married, he narrowly missed having a heart attack. An angioplasty and 3 stents later, he was (more or less) good as new. It was a scare and a shock and afterwards I was all over his food intake and his exercise regime. And time passed. We went through our battle with infertility, he closed a business and opened a new one. I was pregnant with twins. We said goodbye to our little one-bedroom by the beach and hello to a larger home to accommodate our expanding family. Life moved on. Deaths, births, fights, apologies, sleepless nights, vacations, birthdays, tears, laughter, shared moments. Lots of love.

On December 1st, almost 5 years to the date of his first heart surgery, he experienced another episode. The symptoms were different this time; at first he thought it was overexertion at the gym, then indigestion. But, frankly, he looked and felt like shit and I rushed him to the hospital. All the way I held his hand; it was cold and clammy. I tried to just concentrate on driving but couldn't help thinking that something must be terribly wrong. Yet I couldn't believe something could happen to my 39-year old husband.

The next few hours are a bit of blur. EKGs, tears, phone calls, requests for information, frustration, confusion, questions, blood tests, wondering if the fact that he was pushed to the front of the line for an angiogram was a good thing or a bad sign. More waiting, more calls, more anxiety, a brief smile because Julie Kavner (ie: Marge Simpson) was TAWKing loudly into a cell phone next to me, bare bones information from a doctor and then the words, "your husband has had a heart attack".

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Gina Osher is a former holistic healer turned SAHM to boy/girl twins, parenting coach and author of the popular blog, The Twin Coach There she writes about everything from how Halloween candy clued her in to the meaning of life, to tips on what to do if you can't breastfeed your infants. One part friend who's been through it all. One part mom of twins trying to figure it out. One part mentor willing to share. Gina's work has appeared on blogs such as The Mother Company, RookieMoms and A Child Grows. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!

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