Early Tuesday morning on March the 20th, I went into total cardiac arrest—a devastating heart attack that just about took my life.

As a matter of fact, it did take my life, as I was without a pulse or heartbeat for 1.5 to 2 minutes and was clinically dead.

I had to be defibrillated (shocked) two times by the paramedics to get me back.  The following is a brief overview of what happened that morning.

I had not been feeling very well the previous three weeks, but I kept it in the back of my mind. 

That night I could only stay a few minutes in the jacuzzi bathtub in our upstairs master bedroom where I always like to spend some time "decompressing" before going to bed..

I felt like I had a bad case of indigestion.

When I laid down in bed it only got worse and it felt like someone had their two hands around my throat.

I knew something was wrong.

I went downstairs and got a baby aspirin and took it and then went back upstairs.

Things did not get better so I tried to take another bath.

I was still in distress but trying to just get through whatever was happening.

It was at this time that Vickie, my wife of 20 years, woke up and asked me what was going on.

“I am having real bad chest pains”

I told her I was going downstairs to get a glass of water.

When I got downstairs I felt nauseous so I went to the bathroom to try and throw up but could not.

I was sweating profusely so I laid down on our cool ceramic tile.

The left side of my arm was completely numb at this point.

Vickie came downstairs to find me laying on the ceramic tile and she told me she was calling 911.

I told her, "No, just get me a cool wash cloth for my head."

Instead, she went into her office nearby and called 911…

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