What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas by Platinum Director, Susan Shaheen
Heart disease apparently runs in my family. Unlike my older sister (who underwent quintuple bypass surgery at the age of 58), I’ve never smoked, my alcohol consumption is low, I exercise moderately, my blood pressure is low, and I manage to keep my weight down. So when I arrived in Las Vegas in November 2012 for Apriori Beauty’s annual ‘Making Life Beautiful’ (MLB) Conference, I was in denial when it came to what was going on with my body. In spite of being exhausted and completely out of breath from running from one airport terminal to the next, mixed with the constant indigestion, nausea and clammy feeling, it never once occurred to me that what I was experiencing was a heart attack.
It was the night before MLB was set to begin and I was getting ready to go out to dinner with a few of my fellow Apriori Beauty Consultants, Robin Whitney and Libby Jason. There was so much excitement amongst all of us, especially it being the presidential election night! At the last minute, I decided not to join them for dinner due to an annoying, uncomfortable, and painful upper chest indigestion pain. It wasn’t like anything I had ever felt before. Maybe food poisoning from the Mexican food and pizza I consumed recently? Robin and Libby were more concerned than I was. Robin decided to call for a hotel doctor, and the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino security team arrived immediately. Three huge men dressed in black came to my door and suggested I go to the ER just to be safe. “Maybe a gall bladder?” I thought to myself. I wasn’t going to argue, so Robin called 911 and within minutes I was on a gurney being rushed through the casino into an ambulance. Mind you, I was dressed for Vegas, not a trip to the ER. Covered in bling, flashy blouse, false eye lashes, sparkly eye shadow, and Periwinkle Apriori Beauty nails, the last place I imagined myself to be was in the back of an ambulance. The EMT attendants did a blood enzyme test in the ambulance and told me I was having a heart attack. They stabilized me and 12 days later I was released from Desert Springs Hospital with a rather horrible looking 10-inch scarring scab down my chest from open heart surgery. My husband and I stayed in Vegas a total of 21 days before I was approved to fly home to South Carolina.
I received so much love and attention attention from my husband Paul, my children, and all the wonderful visitors who came and saw me. Robin took charge and arranged for a timeshare Paul and I could stay in and be close to the Las Vegas Strip. By the third day (after the 12 days in the hospital), my husband was pushing me in a wheel chair to some fabulous meals at the hotels nearby! It wasn’t a horrible experience…honestly, I was just so happy to be alive and on the path to recovery. It was a massive attack on a main artery with 90% plus blocked, but my main (and vain) concern was the unpleasant scar I now had. Fortunately for me, I’m an Apriori Beauty Consultant and have access to some incredible products that do wonders for the skin! Once I was released from the hospital, I started taking double doses daily of the Lifeoxylin® Cellular Defense Elixir. I had to wait for the scab to heal over the scar and then began the process of applying the Celloxylin® Treatment products including the PSR and Derma Firm Illuminator Machine on my chest scar. When I returned home to South Carolina and saw my new cardiologist, he was amazed at how fast I was recovering. My vitals were so stable, it looked as if I had never even had a heart attack. Plus, the scar was disappearing!
For something this traumatic to happen to me several states away from home, I’m blessed that my Apriori Beauty family was there watching out and being there for me when I needed them most. These extraordinary women are so much more than fellow Consultants. They are my Apriori Beauty sisters…forever.
Learn from my experience and…
- Know your family’s heart health history
- Just because you can function while experiencing unusual indigestion (and nausea, another sign of a heart attack) and you are not doubled over with chest pain, do not discount the seriousness and risk – call 911 immediately
- Be aware that time wasted makes the damage more severe. I only needed one bypass because I got help almost immediately. If Robin and Libby hadn’t insisted on calling hotel security, which led them to calling 911, my situation could have been a lot worse.