I got a new lease of life! On the early morning of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1:date Month="10" Day="23" Year="1996">23<SUP>rd</SUP> October, 1996</st1:date>, I got chest pain. Around <st1:time Hour="4" Minute="30">4.30 a.m.</st1:time> I had the first massive attack. The pain was very severe and acute and I felt very bad. My hubby also got up, but I was not in a position even to explain to him. The pain decreased and with in seconds started again. I had 3 attacks within 20 minutes and the pain was so severe, worse than labour pain and I felt very weak After the third attack I had vomited. My hubby was not in a position to do anything at that unearthly hour. We didn’t even have a phone connection, even though we had registered for phone after we performed Gruhapravesham to our newly constructed house in the year 1991. But he prepared coffee and brought it. I was writhing with pain and so I just told him not to ask me anything. As I had already heart problem and hypertension, as for doctor’s advice, we kept Sorbitrate tablet and kept it in our medical kit. Then after some time I remembered it and I told him to bring Sorbitrate tablet. After taking the tablet the pain stopped. I drank a cup of coffee and then went back to bed. I felt as if all my strength had drained out. My hubby told me that he would take me to a doctor. I told him that I was too tired and wanted to lie down for some time. After 6 O’ clock I got up and took bath. Again he told me that he would bring an auto and would take me to Ganga Nursing Home as we did not know any other doctor and he was the family doctor for Malathi. The nursing home was also nearer to her house. I told him that I was feeling too tired and we could wait for a day or two. But he told that he wouldn’t take the risk and further our children also would get angry and tell that he should not have listened to me. He told that he would bring an auto. The roads were all in bad shape due to rain and so I told him I would rather prefer to go by his Luna. So he took me by luna and stopping every now and then, asked me how I was feeling. Thus we reached the Nursing home around seven fifteen or so. The doctor was not there, but his residence was just at the back and he was called. He came immediately and took the ECG. He admitted me as in patient and told that I had to be on bed rest until all the testes were conducted. My hubby rang up my daughter Malathi and gave her the information. She told that she would come around 8.45 with her husband and would bring lunch also. Malathi and my son in law came around <st1:time Hour="9" Minute="45">9.45 A.M.</st1:time> The doctor told them that he had requested a cardiologist to come and check. The cardiologist came and he confirmed it was heart attack only. The doctor advised that I should take complete bed rest and should remain in the hospital for a week. He advised for CT scan also. It was found that a single stone was obstructing the neck of gal bladder. Then the doctor told that I have to undergo surgery. Then my son and husband asked whether it could be done by laparoscope or open surgery.The doctor told tat he preferred open surgery. As deepavali was nearing, we told him, that we preferred it after that. So after deepavali I was admitted in the hospital and open surgery was performed. Even a day before the surgery Iwas lamenting to my hubby that I did not have any symptom for gal bladder stone and he should confirm with the doctor again. The doctor told me that he would show the stone to me after the operation. The operation took place on 23<SUP>rd</SUP> October. As the gal bladder was damaged, it was also removed. That evening when I regained consciousness, the doctor brought the stone and showed it to me and teased me,” Do you believe now?” I should say that the heart attack was a boon in disguise. I was advised to go for angio, but I refused. If any blocks were found I have to undergo another surgery. I would rather prefer to be on medication than going for surgery. My personal opinion is not to undergo surgery after crossing sixty. The decision shouldto be left to the person concerned. If any one wants to live longer and prefers to go for surgery, it is their wish. I believe longevity is not a boon. Yet I got a new lease of life after nearly meeting death at close quarters.