Heart Attack, April 1, 2012

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An arteriogram revealed I suffered a Takotsabo Cardiomyopathy, a type of heart attack caused by excessive adrenaline, (usually) the result of stress. It can happen with a complete absence of blockage, which was the case with me. Background: Three or four times a month I play my ukulele and sing at church and a nursing home. It's something I have been doing for years, I enjoy doing and I am totally at ease doing. On Sunday evening I was to sing at church. Because the piano usually drowns out the congregation singing I determined ahead of time that I would just strum my uke and have the congregation sing "Victory In Jesus." I sang a couple lines to get everyone started together and then stopped singing but kept playing. I was amazed and excited at hearing so many voices from all over the congregation. I must have had an adrenaline rush. I developed sharp chest and left arm pains. I could hardly hold my uke but I kept going. Then I sang "I'm Learning to Lean on Jesus," all the while praying "Lord, I'm leaning on You." Then I sat down and listened to the sermon (on wisdom) before going to the hospital. There was no blockage but some damage to the heart. The damage caused by a Takotsabo Cardiomyopathy usually heals, often in as little as two months. Thank You, Jesus.

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Geezer Vz on May 7, 2012


Thanks for the well wishes. Recovery is coming along nicely.


I'm sure you are liking my collage, not my heart attack. Thanks for liking it.


Francine Verweij-Ban… on May 15, 2012

Hello Guy


I like this collage and the revelation from you. There is more powerful hand that hold you to keep life going. (thanks for the appreciation you gave to one of my photos.)

I LIKE this shot.


Geezer Vz on May 15, 2012

Thanks, Francine, and Amen, Amen.


Geezer Vz on May 16, 2012

Thanks, Steve. I appreciate the thoughts and wishes and I am doing very well.


hlegallais on June 20, 2012

Take care of you, nobody can last too long, and I know what I am talking about, like, Hervé

Geezer Vz on June 20, 2012

Thanks, Herve. I am recovering nicely. Are you a survivor?


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 21, 2012

I think he was watching over you Guy. The lord was definitely your shepherd on this occasion!

I'm glad you pulled through bud! You've got to take it easy and avoid too much excitement! I had no idea that gospel singing was such a rush :))

Best wishes!


Douglas Feltman on June 29, 2012

I myself have suffered through countless heart issues, 2 heart attacks and a stroke. I ended up having a heart transplant. Because of that, I am able to carry on and contribute my artwork to the world. You get better and continue contributing to the folks who need it. Take care Guy.

Geezer Vz on June 29, 2012
  • You are right, Jim, He was watching over me for sure. I can only conclude that The Lord is not through with me yet or He would have called me home. So while I don't know for sure why He left me here I'm thinking it has something to do with my music. This afternoon I went to a nursing home and played and sang mostly religious songs for an hour and a half. I'm hoping I lifted their spirits a little.

  • Douglas, As long as The Lord lets me live I will be trying to contribute. I'm sure you feel as I do that it's a blessing to be living longer than might have been expected. I have been spared twice - once from the heart attack and once from the hands of two gun toting dope-crazed people. So I thank the Lord for each new day and try to the best of my ability to live for Him. You get better and take care, yourself.


coloradojak - Keep P… on August 8, 2012

I can sympathize. A year ago, I had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery. Not fun. But after having my plumbing fixed, I'm now climbing the hills again like a mountain goat.

Geezer Vz on August 8, 2012

Your recovery is great news. I'm happy to see the many excellent images you have posted during recent months. I'm afraid my mountain goat days are over.

Best wishes.


Dominique Rolland ✩☂ on March 8, 2013


Vous êtes comme la lumière

Délicates et entières

Votre douceur exemplaire

A tout pour plaire

Le bonheur prend naissance , dans vos yeux

Qu’ ils soient marron ou même bleu

Tel un océan sublime

Parfois on tombe dans l’ abime

L’ abime de votre regard

Vaporeux comme du brouillard

Vous êtes lumineuses comme des flammes

Vous les FEMMES

Dominique Rolland

C. Johnston on April 4, 2013

Hi Guy I can see by this photo...that it is wonderful that you are still here and sharing your photos with us. Thank you for your kind comments on my photos and I thank God for your recovery from your heart attack and cancer. Now you can share more of your wonderful photos with us.

Hope all is still going well.
Greetings, Cathy

Jos Boom on April 4, 2013

Hi Geezer,never heard of that before, but glad you're around to teach me. Greets Jos

Geezer Vz on April 5, 2013
  • Cathy:

Thanks for the comment. April 1st was my one year anniversary. It was good to hear from you.

  • Jos:

Good to hear from you. If you are going to school on me, I guess I'd better correct the spelling. It is actually Takotsubo.

Best wishes to both of you.


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  • Uploaded on April 9, 2012
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    by Geezer Vz
    • Camera: HP pst2570
    • Taken on 2009/08/14 15:20:13