I had gone to the gym for the first time in ages, and hopped on a exercise bike for all of 3 minutes. My heart rate got to 130, and I suddenly had a tremendous shortness of breath, a squeezing sensation in my chest, and radiating discomfort to my throat (I describe this feeling as a “fish hook”).
My initial thoughts were simply that I wasn’t as fit as I once was; and not used to modern gym equipment!
So I went home and had a “cup of tea and a lie down”. I also rang my doctor and made an appointment for the following morning. Given I had past heart issues, my intention was for him to give me a referral to a local cardiologist for a stress test.
A lot of the discomfort was still with me a few hours later, but by the evening, it had gone. My wife and I went out for dinner and a movie. Had a great sleep, and woke up feeling fine. On Tuesday morning, I went to the doctor at 11.15am; and he saw me within 10 minutes.
I explained situation, and he of course wanted to do an ECG and get some blood tests. I told him there was no need as I felt very well, and I had to get home as I had another appointment with the Foxtel technician. Silly me! Doctor insisted that I come back that afternoon for the ECG (which I agreed to); but he implored me to do the blood test straight away. Fate guided me – the pathology centre is attached to the medical practice, and I walked straight in and was done immediately.
Got home at 12 noon; did the Foxtel thing; and then bought a couple of domains on the expired auctions! At 1.05pm my mobile phone rang, and it was my doctor. The pathology centre had processed the bloods straight away, and alerted him that there was a problem. His words to me were:
“Ned, I’ve got the blood results back – you have had a major heart attack. Drop everything, and get an ambulance to the hospital right now”.
WOW! I was gobsmacked. Of course, being the comedian I am, I asked if he still wanted me to come in for the ECG! 😉 His reply was unprintable.
What Happened Next
- Admitted to Townsville Hospital Emergency. I was stabilised by an excellent team, and further blood tests confirmed diagnosis (my troponin levels had skyrocketed). My ECG was basically normal which can happen with some people. I’m obviously one of them.
- Transferred to the Coronary Care Unit at the Mater Hospital that night. Fantastic hospital with great carers. Cardiologist saw me briefly, and confirmed that I would undergo an angiogram next day.
- This procedure confirmed my situation was quite serious; and I was one lucky person to be alive. I had experienced a myocardial infarction in technical terms (heart attack). My right coronary artery was approximately 95% blocked. Three stents were inserted. Cardiologist told me that left artery was also blocked, and I had to get that fixed too. That’s happening later today.
Looking back on the past couple of weeks, I was getting small signals that something was up with my body. However, I put it down to age, and different exercise routines. How wrong I was!
As a domainer / domain investor, there are some huge lessons coming out of this experience for me.
Ask yourself these questions. If something happened to you today – either death, accident, illness or other, what would happen to your valuable domain names and websites? Things like renewals and sales. Do you have a contingency plan? Do you have someone trustworthy that can immediately step up to the plate and keep things going?
Whilst I consider myself well organized, there are definitely more things I need to do. I’ll write about this next week.
I haven’t told many people about what happened to me until now.
Firstly, big thanks to my wife for being there for me and bossing me around! She’s a star. And to my sons who showed how much they cared.
Next up, Cam and Katherine at Drop.com.au. Given that 95% of my domains are with them, they are a vital partner of mine. One phone call was all it took to ensure that they manage any immediate renewals for me.
I informed Netfleet and Domain Shield that they would be suffering a drop in income for a little while. 😉 Both Nikki and Anthony were wonderfully supportive – thank you so much to both of you. I never thought I’d see the day that I got flowers from Netfleet! (Much appreciated Nikki).
Thanks to my good friend Luke Summers for looking after Domainer for me – and for doing a guest article.
And thanks again to my son Luke for continuing with all the daily work that needs to happen when you have a large portfolio of domains.
Ned O’Meara – 29th July 2016