On December 13 at 11PM my wife was making strange noises in the bathroom. I went in and found her unable to move any air in or out of her lungs.
She also was cold to the touch and sweating profusely.
I had my son call 911 and they arrived in less that 5 minutes.
They gave her a 12 lead EKG which indicated a cardiac event was in progress. The gave her Nitro and placed her on a industrial CPAP device and headed to the hospital.
Long story short, two days later they cracked open her chest, replaced the Aortic and Mitral valves in her heart and also did a double bypass.
Being she is 4'11", 119 pounds, does not smoke and exercises regularly; the docs were mystified why this happened in the absence of any heart disease.
They speculated the she may have had Rheumatic fever that was left untreated and it took till ages 52 for the valves to allow regurgitation of the blood in her heart.
It's been 25 days post surgery and she is doing exceptionally well.
I've learned that sometimes an event like this makes you appreciate what you have.
Just my rant as I'm tired working, cleaning, cooking etc but I wouldn't trade a thing; having her alive is the best X-Mas present I have ever received.