New Lambs and a Heart Attack

Diamond sheep finally has her lambs but later the same day my husband has a heart attack. Thankfully all are doing well.

As you may recall, fall is not the normal (or best) time for lambs to be born. However that is what my husband and I have been going through for the past few weeks. Although Diamond sheep was the biggest, Girlie had her lambs first, and then Blackie did. Thank heavens it was only the three ewes that got bred in the spring.

On Wednesday, October17, Diamond had twins. My husband found them outside in the afternoon and got them into the barn (they were in a shelter in the pasture). She had one large white lamb with black tips on his ears, nose, and legs, as well as a slightly smaller, but still large, black lamb.

My husband had to pick me up from work that day and upon returning home I went out to see the lambs and sex them; the smaller black one was a female, and the larger white one was a male. I was putting the tarps back on the bales of hay, as they had blown off, and my husband came out to say he suddenly was not feeling well. It had been such a good day and this puzzled him, I told him to go inside and I would finish with the tarps.

When I came in he said he still did not feel well and actually thought he was having lung problems from the wind, but asked to go to the hospital, about 40 minutes away.

When we got to the hospital they said it was a heart attack and that he would be sent to a hospital in Edmonton (over 1 hour away) by Ambulance.

Well to make a long story short, the hospital determined that his heart attack was probably stress related and not due to diet or other things. But what I must point out here is a warning to all readers. My husband was able to walk around and talk while in pain. My daughter was puzzled saying “That cannot be a heart attack because on television the heart attack person cannot walk.” This is very true and a problem in that many people do not think they are having heart attacks when they are. Many people can even continue working after having a heart attack only to drop dead later. If you experience chest pain it should be taken seriously and women are at risk too. Do not assume a heart attack is like what you see on television, tv goes for the dramatic.

As it happens my husband made a great recovery and was just released, however his hospitalization delayed me from being able to share the pictures of Diamond’s lambs until now.

I want to add that both her lambs are already bigger than those born earlier, Diamond was so big we thought she was having triplets for sure. Her white lamb is plenty spunky, but her black lamb and week fetlock joints in her front legs making it hard for her to stand. I spent a few minutes daily stretching these joints out (and my daughter did too) and today she is showing great improvement and is eager to play… too bad it snowed!

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  1. What an excellent share and I’m glad that your husband made a recovery. You are right people could be having heart attacks and still walk and talk. I’m glad that things turned out alright.

  2. awesome article. i really enjoyed reading it…

    hope to read more wonderful articles from u in future. Until then keep in touch and keep commenting. :)

    Mr Arrogant. :)

  3. Thank God your husband is okay. I have had heart attacks…they aren’t nice! A tip is for him to take aspirin with him if you do not mind me saying. If he experiences anything like that again, the aspirin (chewed) will quickly help thin the blood. Obviously check with his GP first. Nice write up.

  4. Sorry to hear that, Brenda. Glad all is well.

  5. Give my best to Mark. I am glad both he and your new lambs are doing well!

  6. You are so right, a heart attack is very serious. Tell Mark, I am glad he is okay. Tell him to rest for a while and not jump back into life and work full force. Loved the pictures of the lambs. My best to you and your family.

  7. What a scary experience, Thank God he got help in time. Seems like when a husband actually wants to go to a hospital, it must be serious.

    Heart attacks in women are often more difficult for doctors to diagnose, since they usually present with more vague symptoms. My mom took my grandma to the doctor and he said she had the flu and sent her home. Thankfully, my cousin spent the night at Grandma’s house, because she had another heart attack that night. They took her back to the hospital, where she had a third heart attack and died.

    Have you seen this video about a mom “having a little heart attack”?

  8. Brenda, I am so sorry and shocked to hear that. I prayed for him.

  9. Brenda, I’m so happy to hear that Mark is all right. Heart attacks are not always as normally described and some patients don’t even have pain, Sometimes just tingly arms or discomfort in the neck or face. We should be warned. Your sheep are so cute, but I know they are a lot of work.

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