BarCampER

Angiogram - David Crow

For those of you wondering what happended to me at DemoCamp, well, Tuesday was supposed to be DemoCamp6 but it turned out to be BarCampER for me. I had a heart attack just before DemoCamp on Tuesday, May 30, 2006. This was completely unexpected! And scary! I’m only 32, I don’t use cocaine, I don’t have a strong family history of heart disease, I don’t smoke, I don’t use intravenous drugs, I eat pretty well, and I try to exercise.

I’m doing okay, they let me out of the Cardiac ICU on Friday June 2, 2006. I’ve been home under bed rest and recovery since Friday. Kristin has been juggling seeing patients and taking care of my sorry butt for the past week. Between running back and forth to the hospital, to having my mother and sister stay with her at the condo.

Here’s a quick timeline of what happened:

Echocardiogram - David Crow

  • 5:30pm – Arrived at MaRS to set up for DemoCamp6
  • ~5:45pm – Headache, excessive sweating and discomfort start
  • 6:00pm – Chest tightness and swollen jaw
  • 6:15pm – Discussion with Jay, Joey, Sutha, Leila and Greg about how bad I felt and looked
  • 6:20pm – Sutha walks me through the underground corridors at MaRS over to the Emergency Room at Toronto General Hospital
  • 6:30pm – I see the triage nurse at TGH with a heart rate of 94bpm and blood pressure of 190/120 which is not good.
  • 7:30pm – The pain subsides for a while
  • 10:30pm – Chest pain starts again but it much less painful (on a scale of 1-10 this time the chest pain is only a 2.5 maybe a 3)
  • 12:30am – blood work comes back from the lab, it shows troponin levels increasing to 14.80
  • There was a lot of flurry of activity, that culminated with my going up to the Cath Lab for an angiogram and angioplasty at around 4:30am
  • 4:30am – Cath showed culprit lesion in the OM1 of the circumflex coronary artery with a 95% occulsion. This was stented with a non-drug eluting stent.
  • 6:45am – Arrival in the Coronary ICU on the second floor of Toronto General Hospital

I’ve been home since Friday and I’m doing okay. I get tired easily. I’m on a lot of meds including:

  • Acetaminophen aka Tylenol for pain
  • Atorvastatin aka Lipitor to lower my cholestoral
  • Aspirin as a blood thinner
  • Lopressor is a beta blocker to lower my blood pressure
  • Plavix to prevent cloating around the stent
  • Ramipril aka altace which is a beta blocker an ace inhibitor to lower my heart rate

I’m good. I’m around. Call me if you’d like to stop by. I have about 8 weeks of recovery infront of me.



83 thoughts on “BarCampER”

  1. Holy crap! What a shock! I guess MaRS is a good location for democamp for a lot of reasons. How fortunate that you were seen so quickly and that it didn’t take a bad turn (well, worse than it was, it sounds pretty bad).

    Get well soon!

  2. Oh, David, if only you’d given us a chance to use the defibrillators at MaRS on you, we could’ve had the mother of all demos: “And now, we’ll perform a ctril-alt-delete on our host…CLEAR!

    But seriously, I’m glad to feel that you’re doing much better. We’ll visit soon, and I have presents from Wendy and me as well from Tucows.

    Get well soon!

  3. <p>I was shocked to hear the news from Sacha’s blog. At first, I almost didn’t believe it, but now I am just glad to hear that you are okay and in stable condition. MJ wishes you the best of luck in your recovery, as do I. Get well soon; BarCamp just won’t be the same without you!</p>

  4. Goodness, David – that’s rough. I’m just glad you were in good hands and able to get some prompt help. Please rest, take care, and get back to full health soon – you’re far too important to the Toronto tech community for us to do without you for long.

  5. Holy crap dude.

    I miss ONE demoCamp and you have an heart attack? ;)

    But seriously, wow… good to hear you’re recovering. I’m going to miss you dropping in randomly with guests at our office in the next 8 weeks.

    I’ll catch you on IM and bring you some tech ideas to stew on in bed. ;)

  6. David,

    One of my student (Gabriel) just came running to my office wit the scary news! Very scary!

    I am glad to hear that you are feeling better.

    Just a month ago I saw you in the very same building but we were both busy with people and did not get a chance to talk .

    Please take care of yourself,

    Marie Jose

  7. <p>David,</p> <p>My goodness. I wish you a speedy recovery.</p> <p>Take care,<br />Brian</p>

  8. I’ve just wandered over from Joey’s place. Yes, strangers from the blogosphere are sending their best wishes. Good luck in your recovery.

  9. <p>David,</p> <p>Sorry to read of this but glad that you happened to be next door to the TGH, had someone to walk you over, and that you’re on the mend with plenty of TLC from family and friends. </p> <p>I’ll echo Leila’s offer of someone to run/jog with should you be interested.</p>

  10. <p>Holy crap dude! Glad to hear you’re ok… get lots of rest over the next little while—innovation commons can wait!</p> <p>k.</p>

  11. I was shocked to hear the news from Sacha’s blog. At first, I almost didn’t believe it, but now I am just glad to hear that you are okay and in stable condition. MJ wishes you the best of luck in your recovery, as do I. Get well soon; BarCamp just won’t be the same without you!

  12. David,

    Sorry to read of this but glad that you happened to be next door to the TGH, had someone to walk you over, and that you’re on the mend with plenty of TLC from family and friends.

    I’ll echo Leila’s offer of someone to run/jog with should you be interested.

  13. <p>Scary man… so glad to hear you’re doing okay and that you were surrounded by such wonderful people who made you go to the hospital. Get well soon and best wishes!</p>

  14. Holy crap dude! Glad to hear you’re ok… get lots of rest over the next little while—innovation commons can wait!

    k.

  15. <p>Gosh…I was wondering why there hadn’t been any blog posts from you recently. A heart attack !</p> <p>Get very well soon ! I think it might be a good idea to stay away from the web for a few weeks/months and just relax completely.</p>

  16. <strong>Trackback from Alec Saunders .LOG:</strong><br /><a href="http://saunderslog.com/2006/06/07/calling-david-crow/&quot; target="_blank">Calling David Crow</a><br /><br />I rang David Crow a few minutes ago, just to find out how we was doing.&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&nbsp; For those who don’t know David,&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&nbsp;he is a fixture of the Toronto developer scene and&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&nbsp;one of the primary Barcamp instigators here in Canada.&Atilde;&sbquo;&Acirc;&nbsp; Last week, while prepping for …

  17. <strong>Trackback from False Positives:</strong><br /><a href="http://www.falsepositives.com/index.php/2006/05/30/torcampdemocamp-6-the-demo-gods-bite-back/&quot; target="_blank">TorCampDemoCamp 6 : The Demo Gods bite back</a><br /><br /> May’s Demo Camp, which would be DemoCamp 6, was back at MaRs, after last months Demo Camp 5 being at a UoT location (see More Geek Show and Tell in Toronto … trademark pending!). Lots of new people coming out to check it out. In the prev…

  18. <p>Get well soon David!</p><br />
    <br />
    <p>Glad to hear you're doing better.</p>

  19. Scary man… so glad to hear you’re doing okay and that you were surrounded by such wonderful people who made you go to the hospital. Get well soon and best wishes!

  20. Gosh…I was wondering why there hadn’t been any blog posts from you recently. A heart attack !

    Get very well soon ! I think it might be a good idea to stay away from the web for a few weeks/months and just relax completely.

  21. Trackback from Alec Saunders .LOG:
    Calling David Crow

    I rang David Crow a few minutes ago, just to find out how we was doing.  For those who don’t know David, he is a fixture of the Toronto developer scene and one of the primary Barcamp instigators here in Canada.  Last week, while prepping for …

  22. <p>Man – this so shocked me!</p> <p>So glad you are ok.</p> <p>Regards, Martin.</p>

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