Dear Members, On Thursday 10-7-04 Jeff suffered a rather severe heart attack.. He underwent heart catherization and angioplasty to repair the anterior descending aorta, which was completely blocked. He is improving but is still not out of the woods. The Nikonians "community" is such a great source of enjoyment for Jeff. I just ask that everyone pray for him and keep him in their thoughts. Thank you all, Jennifer (Jeff's Wife)
Jennifer - I know it wasn't an easy thing for you to post this. Thanks so much for taking the time to inform us. Please tell Jeff that he and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Please give him my sincere best wishes.
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Thanks for letting us know and please tell him that we as a community will be pulling for him. He is in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us informed if it is not too much trouble but of course, your privacy comes first.
Jeff, we're pulling (and praying) for your quick recovery!
Sorry to hear about Jeff, I always enjoy his comments on this site. Tell him we are looking forward to having him back soon. I know what you are going through, I have been there and done that 11 yrs ago, and I'm still here and taking photos, and I'm sure Jeff will get through this too. I was 52 yrs old when I had mine and that seems to be the age group where most men have thier first heart problems. The good news is that he has survived it and now has a good chance of living a normal life, for most men its a wake up call to take care of thier body. A large percentage of men in that age group do not survive the first one, so Jeff is doing great already and I bet will be posting here on the site within a week or so. Tell him we are all waiting for that first post to tell us all about it and thank you for letting us know.
Hello everyone. Thank you all for your prayers and kind thoughts. I am alive, which from what I've been hearing is quite remarkable. I am at JRP's alma mater, University of Penn. An advantage of being in Philadelphia. As far as heart surgery goes, this place is second to none.
Obviously, I'm quite pleased with this. I didn't really think I was going to make it. The quick actions of my wife, Jennifer, is why I'm here now.
Good to hear from you Jeff. Yes, the University of Pennsylvania Hospital is in the Honor Roll Medical Centers of the US, in the top 20 best places when it comes to heart related issues, which are handled there beautifully, most efficiently and with one of the highest success rates on the face of earth. Indeed good to be there.
My daughter is alive because she was born there.
Take good care of yourself. Don't waste energy in the "why me?" which -I am told- is a later typical secondary anger effect.
OMG!!!! It's been a while since I've logged on!!! This happens to be where my own Dear Husband went to Under-Grad School in Science only to move on to another field of study!!!! Hey, we'll meet ya'll for a Cheese Steak with Shirl and Devon on our way to the Catskills next Summer!!! OK????? Be Well and Be at Peace and know our Family is saying Prayers for you and yours!!!! Zoe need to see the Liberty Bell anyway!!!! Gotta have a Cheese Steak at Pat's!!!! You Hear????!!!!!!
Thank you, everyone! I don’t think I can even begin to adequately express the most sincere gratitude I feel towards this community for the support and kindness expressed during one of my darkest hours.
I will also be forever indebted to my wife, Jennifer, for recognizing my symptoms and leaping into action. I’m glad she worked all those years in the Emergency Room. I owe her my life, it’s that simple.
Jeff, I am glad to hear that you are recovering well. I am sure it was a stressful time for you and your wife. You look on life in a whole different way after going through an experience like that, don't you?
WOW!!!!!!!!! Like many others, I haven't logged on for a few days and was very surprised to learn the news. I am glad to hear that things are going well and that you are well on the road to recovery.
Although I didn't have a heart attack, I did have an angioplasty and a stent inserted in 2002. Even though I ride my bike for 20 to 40 miles a day, I had developed some strange sensations in my chest while I was riding my bike. (I thought it was the remnants of a cold, or old age or something.) But, since we were about to fly half way around the world from Boston, MA, USA to Sydney, Australia in a few weeks, I decided to check it out. Thank God that I did. An artery was 90% blocked!
We had to put off our trip for a year, but finally went in 2003. We swam at the Great Barrier Reef, climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and did many other physical activities that would have been impossible the year before. And my bike riding has been better than it has been for a decade!
All this babbling about ME is to let you know that things will improve and that you are not alone. I am very glad to read that things are going well and hope and pray that your long term progress is like mine.
The statistic that I read was that for 25% of people with coronary artery disease, the first symptom that there is a problem is DEATH. Although I am in the 75% group, I count myself among the very fortunate every single day.
I will be thinking of you and your family and praying for your speedy recovery.