Family is the people who you can turn to for everything right? Whether they are blood family members or they are friends that have turned into family, they are still so important to us and if something were to happen to them then it would be really hard on us right? I wanted to share an experience with you about a family member of mine. It has really helped me to put life into perspective, realize that life is so short, and to take every moment in.
A few years ago we went to Disneyland as a family. We were having the most amazing time. We laughed, giggled, chatted, and had the best time. During our trip, my sweet grandpa kept falling behind a little bit. We would ask him what was wrong and he would tell us that “his paws were just bothering him”. He is never one to complain so we just kind of let it be when he told us that he was fine checking on him every little bit. My grandpa and grandma flew home at the end of the trip and the next morning my grandpa called my mom to let her know that he was at Insta-Care, he had drove himself there so he didn’t scare my grandma, and that the keys to his truck were hidden under the seat because he had a few heart attacks over the past few days and was being taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
When my mom told us what was going on we all couldn’t believe it. My super healthy grandpa who was digging in holes just a few days before was now fighting for his life. We thought back to the trip and thought about all the times that he told us that his “paws” were bothering him and realized that he was struggling with his heart the entire time. My grandpa ended up having bypass heart surgery. He made it through and is doing great now, but it really made us realize how fragile life is. We were just in Disneyland having the time of our lives and that quick we were worried for my sweet grandpa’s life.
Going through nursing school you learn all the signs of a heart attack (which my grandpa had none of those signs and didn’t ever tell us anything was bothering him other than his “paws”). The first thing you learn to do is call 911 for help, and then give the patient aspirin as directed by the doctor. Aspirin can help to save lives in the event of a heart attack. It truly is something that can be a life or death difference. Having aspirin on hand is something that can help to save either your loved one or someone else’s loved ones life. Bayer Aspirin has an amazing campaign called The HeroSmiths to address the issue of heart attacks across the U.S. and to help people realize that Bayer Aspirin can help save lives. Someone has a heart attack every 42 seconds. It is so simple, chewing aspirin during a suspected heart attack can help save someone’s life. However, most people don’t have aspirin on hand all the time. Bayer wants to turn every person into potential hero’s. I have taken the pledge, have you? You could be the hero that helps to save someone’s life.
You can read more about The HeroSmiths at www.HeroSmiths.com.
In the event of a suspected heart attack, immediately call 9-1-1 and chew or crush and swallow aspirin as directed by a doctor.