Posts Tagged ‘heart attack’

Rather than make grand resolutions for 2017, instead I chose a single small word to guide me through the new year: focus. I’d been trying to do too much, I decided. I would be happier and more fulfilled if I did less, and with greater attention. Then a bunch of unexpected things happened — my […]

It’s been a rough 10 days, friends. On July 9 my husband Esteban woke up with shortness of breath and a tight chest. In a scene that was eerily reminiscent of his first heart attack six years ago, we piled into the car and sped to the emergency room. The only photo I’ve taken in […]

It’s been 10 days since my husband had a heart attack. I spent the first few days shuttling between our house and the hospital. Then, I did my best to support Esteban’s recovery at home. I worried on Monday that he was still in pain, but yesterday Esteban called me from the grocery store. “Need […]

There are a number of Great Universal Truths about human existence that are hardly a secret: Childbirth hurts. Cancer sucks. Divorce is devastating. Losing your job is stressful. But as I’m finding out first-hand, knowing these things doesn’t in any way prepare you for actually experiencing them. That’s how I came to learn first-hand, for […]



At noon today, I got the call I’ve been eagerly awaiting since Friday: Esteban was ready to come home. He’s still a little wobbly, and a little bit subdued. But he’s walking, and talking—and he’s alive. And I couldn’t be more grateful.

It still hasn’t completely sunk in that Esteban had a massive heart attack. Esteban has always seemed larger than life to me: He’s taller by more than a foot, and he’s always had strength to spare. (I once saw him pick up a refrigerator. And just a few months ago, he pushed my dead car […]

Yesterday my husband Esteban had a massive heart attack. It very easily could have been fatal … but we were very, very lucky. Yesterday’s events really shook us up, and we’re both feeling unsettled. I’m coping by cleaning and doing laundry and making sure that everything is just right for Esteban’s return from the hospital. […]