“It happened on a Friday; I’ll never forget it,” said Lonnie. “Until then, I had no idea there was anything wrong. I was standing by the computerized saw I operate and breathing so heavily other people started to notice.”
When Lonnie got home, he told his wife about the heavy breathing problem he had at work, but didn’t think it was bad enough to cancel their plans to attend a wedding in La Crosse that weekend.
By Sunday, Lonnie was in bad shape. Thinking he had a severe case of pneumonia, he and his wife went to the emergency room where an EKG revealed Lonnie’s heart valves were blocked and his heart wasn’t pumping enough blood. He would need quadruple bypass surgery.
For Lonnie, bypass surgery was a life-changing experience.
“My heart problem was caused by years and years of misuse,” said Lonnie. “My wife and daughter had made many comments about my bad eating habits. Years of too much salt and mayo caught up with me.”
It took three months from the day Lonnie’s cardiovascular & thoracic performed his bypass surgery for him to fully recover.
“My wife was by my side through everything,” said Lonnie. “She took off work to help me through my recovery and has helped me change my eating habits big time. I find myself eating and liking things I never thought I would. Since this happened, I’ve learned about people who go back to eating bad and end up back in the hospital. I’m not going to do that. I love my family too much to have that happen again. I could have left a lot of kids and grandkids behind. I’m just really thankful to God that I am alive.”