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    Last Sunday Morning, I felt like I was having a 'Heart Attack', I had all of the Symptoms, Chest pain, shortness of breath,
    my wife called 911, minutes later and ambulance and Paramedics arrived at my house and performed all the Preliminary
    First Aide Procedures and transported me to the hospital where I was immediately taken care of. Upon stabilizing me,
    X-rays and Sonograms and all other procedures were performed. I woke up in a Hospital bed with several tubes inserted
    in both arms.
    Hours later an assigned Heart Specialist came into my room to explain what had happed to me. The Doctor informed me
    that I had a 'Blood Clot' formed on the left top portion of my left lung and had it reached my heart it would cause me to have a
    'Heart Attack', followed by possible death! After I informed the Doctor what my daily routine was, sitting in my shop carving
    for about three hours a day. His next question was, ' did I ever bump my legs, particularly the left leg , leaving bruises, I told
    him that I do quite often bump my legs, particularly my left leg.
    The Doctor then informed me that is what caused the bruise to travel to my left lung! So he warned me that no one should sit
    in a restricted area with out getting up and stretch their legs for a few minutes as bruises could form a blood clot and travel
    to one's lungs and heart,he called this a 'Silent Killers'! I thought I would pass this information to all of my follow carvers, making
    them aware of this so called, 'silent killer'. Today I am doing fine and I did discover the bruise on my knee, that I just passed on as
    'sometime 'thing' happen and go on doing what we do.
    Oscar

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    Hi Oscar
    This is great information to pass on to your fellow carvers, personally I am a heart attack survivor,had triple by pass 14 years ago, feel great watch what I eat and drink, have a new puppy coming into my life on Wednesday so the exercise will be looked after all day every day . As carvers we have to watch out for that fine dust in our shops, wear dust masks, use dust collectors, just be very careful every day we are at the bench
    Bruce

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    • #3
      Very useful information, thank you. I am doing my best to get up more often and do a "lap" of the downstairs.
      About to go back to rehabbing a bunch of old farrier's knives for wood carving. I get up "between grits!" and stretch my legs.

      Figure out how to do dust collection/extraction. I've always been concerned about shop air quality after I take the mask off.
      I cut the bottom out of a 2 liter plastic milk jug, it's the "horn" on the end of my ShopVac hose, 'plaster fines' bag in the Vac.
      Cutting and shaping sea shells or steel nail heads for branding irons, I'm working right in the mouth of that horn. Big stuff gets away but that's not the issue.

      My other dust issue is that the really fine stuff gets caught in the rising hot air from the pellet stove and that gets lifted up the stairwell and all over the house.
      No sanding indoors in any quantity. Don't sand anything. Do what little sanding I need to do outdoors, now that it's warming up. All soapstone carving outside.

      Oscar, if you read this, thanks again. I hope that your recovery is uncomplicated.
      Brian T

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      • #4
        Excellent information, glad you are going to be OK...I have been told that we do need to get up every so often and move around. I do think we get so involved in our carving that we forget about time...at least I do for sure. Again, happy you are still with us

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        • #5
          I get bruise all the time.....especially in my legs....I know I need to move around alot more then I do sometimes. So this is good reminder....
          . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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          • #6
            Wow that sure was a close one, Oscar! So glad everything worked out okay for you! Good information to know and thanks for passing it on! I've gotten bruises on my legs lots of times from sitting in chairs for too long and never gave them a second thought...I will now!
            Keep On Carvin'
            Bob K.

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            • #7
              Thanks, Oscar. I'm always running into stuff or bumping my head, and I don't get up and about often enough, so this is a very timely reminder that I need do what I know to do and don't do!
              Arthur

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              • #8
                First of all Oscar, glad to hear you are better, secondly thanks for the info
                . . .JoeB

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                • #9
                  Thanks a whole lot for your well wishes, I,m doing fine and believe me, I do get up
                  about every hour from my small carving area, walk around for a while, and forever
                  careful about bumping my knees or legs, and of course my arms that I continuously
                  bump and bruise.
                  Oscar.

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                  • #10
                    Very glad to hear you are ok! That sounded like a pretty terrifying experience. Much thanks for sharing your experience. It may prevent folks from having the same problem or worse.
                    Terry

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                    • #11
                      Glad to hear that "that you walked through the valley of death but you were too mean for it!" Talked to my Dr. yesterday and she said one word! "WALK!" No matter how tired. No matter how depressed! No matter how much pain! "WALK!"
                      Last edited by Eddy-Smiles; 04-27-2017, 09:25 PM. Reason: Lousy speller!

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                      • #12
                        You got that right Eddy! I have a 'Tread Mill' sitting right next to my computer,
                        and promised myself to start using it! NEXT WEEK!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks Nomad, now I know the real meaning of going for a walk to stretch my legs is!
                          Oscar
                          !

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                          • #14
                            Eddie! It sure was an awaking, 'here I thought that I going to Heaven,
                            but got thrown out, with a message for me to go back clean up my act!
                            So Thanks a whole lot!
                            Oscar

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Eddy-Smiles View Post
                              Glad to hear that "that you walked through the valley of death but you were too mean for it!" Talked to my Dr. yesterday and she said one word! "WALK!" No matter how tired. No matter how depressed! No matter how much pain! "WALK!"
                              This is REALLY good info. Years ago I went through a major depression and gained a ridiculous amount of weight. After a while my right foot started locking up on me and I literally couldn't walk properly. I was all ready to start walking with a cane when I decided to get new shoes and teach myself to walk differently. With having dogs, I HAD to walk them so this just wouldn't cut it.
                              To this day I lost a total of 80 pounds and am in great shape so YES, WALK, walk, walk.
                              Go outside.

                              Im glad to read you pulled through Oscar and just remember that the treadmill isn't for hanging laundry.

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