My name is David Boeggeman, I am 56 years
old. I am from Beverly. I never thought that I would end up having cardiac surgery; I’ve
basically worked out my whole life. On March 1st we got about 3 inches of snow
and I went out to shovel the driveway, just a little bit in the front walk, and after
about a minute of shoveling the pain, burning came on real quick and I started to sweat
profusely. Now, two weeks before I was shoveling the
roof of this garage off 30 inches of snow without a symptom.
I didn’t want to have to go to Boston, have my wife, Mary, have to drive in there, because
that’s a pain. I’d rather be in Salem, if I possibly could.
So I went up and they did a CAT on me the following day and I found out that my left
coronary artery had an occlusion in it. Dr. Ann Toran was the doctor that did my surgery
and she was fantastic. I had three arteries that she said were probably plugged up for
15 years. Then, when the fourth one became partially
plugged, that’s what brought the symptoms on.
She said that because I didn’t smoke and because I had worked out for so many years that my
heart made extra vascularity and it was feeding off the good side to the blocked side. I didn’t
know what to expect. When I first went in there, I said oh my god
I am going to be out of work for 6 months, I figured. Now that it’s been 10 or 11 weeks,
I feel great. I actually feel better than I’ve felt in years.
I am looking at everything differently that I did before.
We have a 23 year-old autistic son. Who is going to help with Dave, who is going to take
care of him? My wife is very capable but there would have to be somebody else.
I don’t care symptom his, if you have any symptoms that are going on that are abnormal
like tiredness, fatigue, burning like I had, go get checked out. Don’t wait.