Heart attack! You are having one! Heart attack! You are having one! Judge Richard A. Howard Fifth Judicial Circuit I have wondered why attorneys refuse to recognize their risk for a heart attack. I think I’ve found the reason: day-planners. I’ve checked, there’s no section for down time due to heart attack. Whether you are a trial lawyer, office practitioner, government lawyer, or anyone else that the public relies upon to solve its problems, you are at risk. If you are reading these words and think that it will not happen to you, then you could stop now and go no further. Every semester new lawyers graduate to take your place.I write to share a personal experience with everyone, man or woman, who practices law. I am not going to bore you with the usual litany of statistics about heart attacks. Really, who wants to dwell on the fact that tonight there will be 50,000 heart attacks in the United States, one-half of which will be fatal? What woman wants to hear that after menopause the rate of first-time lethal heart attacks matches those of men? So, rather than bore you with statistics, I decided to share my story with you.I had been appointed as counsel, with another lawyer, in a double homicide, death penalty case. On the eve of trial, Monday August 4, 1997, I was handwriting an emergency motion seeking a change of venue, and a motion to dismiss. The two newspapers serving the small rural county not only blanketed the prospective venire with the gory details of the case, but also mentioned two admissions of my client that had been suppressed. The fact that one of the deadliest prosecutors in the state was handling the case really guaranteed my recipe for stress. Really, it was and is no different from a thousand similar scenarios in most lawyers’ daily lives. It was only going to take me 30 minutes to pen these out. Over two hours later I was still writing. Trouble was brewing, but I had to finish my work.In order to finish my work, I ignored what I have since learned are the traditional symptoms of a heart attack. My first response to the heart attack was denial, thinking to myself, “I’ve got no time for this!” Let me make you aware of what was happening.The first thing that I noticed was the sweat. Even for mid-August this was too much. And I thought, “Just drink more water and it will go away.” The next symptoms were much harder to ignore, but being a persistent man, I tried anyway. To understand what happened, imagine this: Take your index finger and place it on your breastbone; move your finger 2 inches to the left and press with all of your might, until you can touch your shoulder blade from the inside. There, you have it! Take the worst leg cramp that you’ve ever had; you know, the ones that split your toes wide apart, and transplant that pain to your chest. It doesn’t go away. No matter how you rub, or stretch, or bend or pray: it won’t go away. In addition to this crushing pain, I noticed that I had a metallic taste in my mouth. Later I was told that this metallic taste could be a result of the iron molecules leaching out of my heart muscle, which was damaged. I still didn’t stop: I finished the motions. I knew that I had turned out some good work. You probably would have done the same thing.That night I couldn’t stop sweating; I couldn’t get cool; the cramping wouldn’t stop. Other symptoms I experienced that night were a need to vomit and void. So there I was: sweating, cramping, “voiding,” all for naught. I thought, “Dying on the toilet like Elvis; what a way to go!” That’s when I knew it was time to go to the hospital.the time that I let my wife take me to the hospital seven hours had elapsed. That’s one hour over the maximum time that blood thinners can effectively be used to possibly dissolve a clot. As I lay on the emergency room gurney, the doctors and nurses diagnosed me even before the blood protein work confirmed the attack. They could tell by the way I walked into the hospital, clutching my left wrist against my chest, that I had suffered an attack. During the ambulance ride to the heart center, the technicians began ripping open all kinds of sealed bags with needles, monitors, patches, and tubes. I imagined how the meds were going to print out.If you’re fortunate enough to be awake for the angioplasty, you will get to observe a scenario something like this one. After they inject you with dye, you can watch the surgeon wind his way through your right femoral artery with a probe, to either open the artery or implant a stent. The five major arteries of your heart look like the roots of a plant. You’re told that you have five arteries, but you can only see four clearly. Where’s the other one? Then the doctor tells you that if he cannot clear the blockage the procedure is over. In my case, he couldn’t, and it was.I was a sole practitioner concentrating on criminal and family law. At the time of the attack I was 44, nonsmoker, slightly over-weight normal guy, married, father of three girls. My total cholesterol was 176 and my blood pressure 120/80. I didn’t fit into the physical indicators for a heart attack, really. However, the doctor told me about a Harvard study from the mid-’70s wherein they found that through unrelenting stress a person can, and probably did in my case, “flex” their heart. That flex dislodged some plaque buildup which formed the clot.Like most lawyers, I took too few vacations and worked at least half-days on the weekends. When you have a heart attack everyone tells you “it’s a wake-up call.” I felt that I didn’t need a wake-up call; I needed more time to get my work done. I needed to solve those problems that had been entrusted to me by my clients. As I lay on the hospital bed feeling totally sorry for myself, someone brought me a cell phone. And I found myself laying in ICU at Bayonet Point Hospital, with an intravenous needle in the back of my right hand, using that cell phone to sign up a new client.That was my wake-up call. What will yours be?For further information about these issues please contact the American Heart Association or call your doctor. Judge Richard A. Howard was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Fifth Circuit bench in December 2000. Prior to his appointment, Judge Howard had been a prosecutor and defense attorney for 23 years. Since 1997, Judge Howard has lectured extensively on the issues of stress management for lawyers . October 1, 2004 Regular News
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In Paternoville, the scene was much different Wednesday night than the one on College Avenue. There weren’t any riots, tipped over television news trucks or downed lampposts. Instead, there was silence.The students in Paternoville huddled around the Joe Paterno statue outside Beaver Stadium and took in the news. The legendary football coach — the man idolized in bronze right in front of them — had been fired in the midst of his 46th season at Penn State.The coach with the most wins in Division I college football history and Penn State President Graham Spanier were removed by the Board of Trustees on Wednesday night in light of a sexual abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.‘Someone tried to start a ‘We Are’ chant and it was just not the right time because we just all wanted to reflect on what just happened,’ said Sam McLoota, a senior supply chain major. ‘That’s another tough thing, it’s hard to see this all go down when you go this school and you love it so much. We just got to fight through and go to this game on Saturday and see us pick up the W.’The 12th-ranked Nittany Lions (8-1) will face No. 19 Nebraska (7-2) at noon Saturday in Beaver Stadium. But those in Paternoville, the place where students camp out for first-row seats at an upcoming home game, are hoping to defeat more than the Cornhuskers this weekend. They’re hoping to overcome the negative attention given to Penn State since the riot Wednesday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘The whole week we’ve been hearing stuff, all the news outlets about how we look bad because we’re doing those things,’ said McLoota, adding that only a small portion of Penn State’s more than 38,000 students participated in the riot Wednesday night.McLoota, who is participating in Paternoville for the third time, said he wasn’t planning on camping out this week until he and Kevin Turk, a senior professional golf management major, saw on Twitter that some spots in the tent-filled village outside Beaver Stadium remained open. McLoota camped out for the Iowa game during his sophomore year and the Illinois game while he was a junior.McLoota and Turk bought a $90 red and white tent and made camp Wednesday afternoon, making sure to get a spot on the inside to guard against the wind. It was about 40 degrees out with a chilly breeze Thursday night.For McLoota, camping out for the Nebraska game was an opportunity to see Paterno coach for the last time — until Wednesday night’s news broke.‘I wasn’t planning on doing it for this, but when they said it was going to be Joe’s last game at home, I really wanted to be a part of it so I came out here,’ McLoota said. ‘Unfortunately that’s not the case, but we’re still out here for the team and that’s a good thing. We’re still all behind this team and we’re all going to be there cheering them on Saturday.’Turk, while playing trashcan football with McLoota and two other friends, said the news of the past week is hard to sum up. In trashcan football, there are two teams with two players each, two footballs and two trashcans side by side. Once a player makes it in the trash with the football, the other team flips the lid to show that can has been hit. The first team to make two cans wins.‘It’s just been a whirlwind. It’s hard to even tell what day it is with how much stuff has been going on,’ said Turk, as the football made a loud bang against the hard plastic of one of the blue trashcans. ‘It’s a shame in many situations that the act of a few can tarnish the reputations of many, whether it’s the actual situation at hand or the riots last night, which is obviously a small, small portion of the students.’Mark Mularczyk, a junior history major, and Matt Wargon, a junior engineering major, have been camping out in Paternoville since 8 p.m. Monday. Mularczyk has participated in Paternoville for every home game this year, while Wargon has been in Paternoville for every home game since freshman year.But Wargon has never experienced a week like this one.‘We’re trying to be out here holding down the fort, trying to show everybody that not all of Penn State is downtown rioting,’ he said. ‘Some of us are doing what Joe thinks is best, which is behaving like normal people and acting civilized and supporting the team and kids.’If the riots had to happen Wednesday night, Mularczyk said, he wishes students would have gathered for the children, who are the victims of this tragedy.‘We can still support JoePa by being rational people, not rioting downtown,’ Wargon said. ‘I wish it didn’t have to be this way but this is just the way things played out.’[email protected] Comments
Published on December 22, 2017 at 8:36 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Coming off its first loss of the season on Thursday, Syracuse (12-1) came out firing in the first quarter of its game against UNLV (5-6) on Friday in its final nonconference game. 18-straight points set the Orange out in front from the opening tip and the game was never close in a bounce-back 69-55 win for SU at the Duel in the Desert.The Rebels cut the lead to 14 on the last bucket of the game, but that was the closest the tournament hosts would be to closing on Syracuse after the opening 18-0 run.UNLV struggled with turnovers throughout the contest. The Rebels turned the ball over 28 times, in contrast to Syracuse’s much smaller total of 14. Tiana Mangakahia wreaked much of the havoc for SU, ending the game with eight steals. The turnover margin meant that the Orange was able to attempt 17 more field goals than UNLV in a game which the Rebels barely outshot SU from the floor, 36 percent to 35.8.Gabrielle Cooper, who led the Orange with 22 points in the loss to No. 5 Mississippi State, had another strong scoring output with 17 points. Digna Strautmane had 13 points in the first half and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.Mangakahia finished with 12 points and nine assists, not missing a triple-double by much when combined with her eight steals. Miranda Drummond rounded out Syracuse’s double-digit scorers with a team-leading 18 of her own.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the end of the first quarter, Syracuse led UNLV 28-6. The Rebels outscored SU the rest of the way, winning the last three quarters 49-41. But the big run to start the contest meant that the Orange could breeze to the finish line. A day after losing to the highest-ranked team it will play in the nonconference, Syracuse made sure Friday’s result was never in doubt right from the get-go. Comments
Associated Press Television News Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th August, 2020 19:26 IST COMMENT LIVE TV Frenchman Thomas Laurent walked away unhurt from what appeared to be a serious crash on Saturday in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.The 22 year-old Signatech Alpine driver came off the track in wet conditions in Spa, crashed into the trackside barrier heavily, with his car breaking into pieces.Remarkably Laurent walked away unhurt, although he was checked over the medical centre afterwards.The race was won by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José Maria Lopez.The conditions mean there were four safety car sessions throughout the race. WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 19:26 IST Big Crash In Torrential Rain During World Endurance Championship Race Frenchman Thomas Laurent walked away unhurt from what appeared to be a serious crash on Saturday in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.