Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by McFortner, Dec 16, 2006.

  1. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Hi all, this is Michael's wife. He asked me to log on and let you know that he had a heart attack last night, and won't be around for a bit since he's in the hospital. If anybody wants to continue to be updated, feel free to email me at fortner_kate@bellsouth.net

  2. Dragon

    Dragon Member

    This is a bad time of year (as if there was a GOOD time of year) for a heart attack.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
  3. Illus

    Illus Member

    Here's to a speedy recovery!!!
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Just let him know we wish him the best and a speedy and complete recovery. :thumb: We'll be here waiting for him when he is ready to visit us.:wave:
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I don't know how I missed this one earlier when I was on. Our prayers are with you folks. Tell Micheal we wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery.
  6. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Be praying for both of you.
  7. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    May God Bless Your Family .
  8. RonP

    RonP Member of the WMRC

    Best wishes from my family to yours
  9. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Hope he is well soon and home!

  10. Best Wishes for speedy and full recovery ! !
  11. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    God Bless and we'll add your family to prayer list.
  12. Hodgy

    Hodgy New Member

    May Michaels recovery be a speedy on. Gods Speed and Merry Christmas to the two of you
  13. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Best wishes to you both. Hope he gets well soon.
  14. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Thank your for letting us know. Very best wishes for a fast recovery to Michael and peace of mind to you and your family.
  15. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Hey all! I've decided to create a heart healty recipe book for Michael, so that I can be sure to feed him properly. If ya'll can dig up your favorite heart healthy recipe, and email it to me at fortner_kate@bellsouth.net I would GREATLY appreciate it! He is allergic to fish, and MSG.

    Michael will be having a cardiac cathider in the morning to determine where to go from here. If they determine he needs a stent, he will be transfered to another hospital. Thank you all very much for your thoughts and prayers.
  16. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Boy do I have heart-healthy recipes, books of them. Having just been through a stent, then a pacemaker implant, I can give you some ideas on dieting. There are heart-healthy products that are labeled such, but for heart patients, they aren't going to be good enough. My salt intake has been limited to 2000 mg per day and that's my guide. We have all these recipes, but for the most part we just watch the sodium content of what we eat, and keep a daily log just to be sure. Well, actually I have to bring it in to the doctor's office every two weeks when I get my heart-smart council sessions, so they're kinda making me do it.:oops:

    Do I have a favorite recipe? Not yet, we're too new at the game and still trying to adjust the salt and fat content of our regular recipes. So far we've not used any from the books we've bought.:rolleyes: There's a few guys here that have been at it longer than I have so let's hope they can offer you some suggestions. Maybe I'll be able to pick up a recipe or two from them as well.:D :D

    Keep us posted on how Michael is doing.
  17. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Hopefully he'll be better soon. My grandparents have both been through that in the past several years.

    I don't know how familiar you are with some healthy products...but I'm a cooking fanatic so I'll through a few ideas out here for anyone that's concerned about their health...

    Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil is really Partially hydrogenated death...it is what Crisco and margarine are made from. This is what trans fat actually is, but it can be hidden by a small enough serving size. Avoid it by reading labels.

    Use Smart Balance Light spread in place of margarine or butter. Use butter as a back up and use normal Smart Balance spread for baking.

    Avoid vegtable/soybean oil. It is unhealthy. Use Canola or Olive Oil in its place. Deep fry with Canola instead of vegtable oil. I'm not familiar with the healthyness of peanut and grapeseed oils.

    Only eat red meat twice a week...work in plenty of chicken, pork, and fish once a week. Grill more and fry less.

    Don't eat dessert very often.

    Exercise to what ever extent you can.

    Use 1% milk in cooking rather than cream or half & half...I've built up a good reputation in the kitchen eventhough my cooking is low fat.

    Avoid mixes and eating out wherever possible...they typically use lower quality ingredients...stores typically only sell Grade A dairy, meats, and eggs...so what happens to grades B & C? They go to restraunts and such. Btw, don't eat the fat globs on steaks...pork chops...etc...trim it before eating because I want to see you at NRHS/NMRA/etc conventions of the next several decades!

    EDIT: be sure to use the full spice cabinet to help minimize your salt intake...there are other things which can really do amazing things while minimizing salt. Here are a couple cream soup ideas: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-of-Broccoli-Soup-I/Detail.aspx and http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Delicious-Ham-and-Potato-Soup/Detail.aspx. By using Smart balance light in place of the butter and 1% milk in place of the whole milk...the fat and cholestral content gets slashed. Use Corn starch to help thicken the soup to make up for the reduction in fat. For the broccoli soup, I recommend boiling the broccoli for 10mins to turn it into mush and then purreeing all of it...add a little bit of the water to help the food processor to puree it...use white pepper instead of black pepper. Also, when adding water to the flour paste...add just a little bit at a time...that way you can eliminate the clumps in order to have a smooth soup and also take a little bit of the soup broth out and use it to dissolve the nutmeg and pepper in a small side container...otherwise they'll form little spice clumps in the soup that may overpower your taste buds.

    Also consider using egg whites only in foods such as pancakes. A classic fine French cooking technique is to seperate the eggs, whip the egg whites into a foam, trash the yolk, and then fold the whites into the batter. This is one of the keys in making Crepes. This eliminates the cholestral content of the eggs and also allows people with certain egg allergies to eat eggs.
  18. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Michael had 3 stents placed in his right artery today. It was 90% blocked, and the source of the heart attack. His left front artery is blocked 80% and they will be doing surgery for that in about 6 weeks. He is in ICU tonight, and will go from there as to discharge.
  19. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Thanks for the update, Kate! It's good to hear that he's in good hands
    and that they are able to do so much for him. Three stents! I've got
    only one, and that was plenty!:D :D I think it's becoming the "rite of passage"
    welcoming many of us into the senior years.:rolleyes:
  20. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Whew! Probably not what Michael was wanting for Christmas I imagine! Our continued best wishes for his recovery and hope that he gets home soon. Thanks for keeping us informed Kate. When I was in the hopspital everyone was very attentive to me but didn't always remember that my wife was going through a lot so I wish you well and pray you have the strength and support you need.

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