KK: Some people talk about seeing lights, some say it’s physiologic, and some say it’s more spiritual. Did you have any of that experience?
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BS: No. My sister asked if I had seen the light, and no, I did not see anything.
KK: Did you just have one stent, or did you have multiple stents?
BS: There were three places that were blocked. The stent was actually in the back side of the heart, and it was 100 percent occluded. I had one at 70 percent and another at 30 percent. We’ll see my cardiologist a week from Tuesday, and we are supposed to be scheduling a nuclear stress test to see if we need to do anything else with those other arteries.
KK: Did they stent the 70 percent lesion or not?
BS: No, just the 100 percent. Then they put me on high dosages of Lipitor, 80 mg, to see if we could drive it down and have the actual plaque dissolve.
KK: Sujal, when did you follow up with Bill?
SM: I had known where Bill was going to be transported because of the STEMI [ST elevation myocardial infarction] network that we have here in Los Angeles. I provided my contact number to one of the hospital administrators, who was able to pass it on to probably the nurse manager in the ICU, who then got it to Bill. Bill called me two or three days later.
KK: We [emergency medicine] are the safety net of the health care system. Sujal was your personal safety net.
BS: I need to know where he sits from now on when I go to the games.