Just My Luck
During the past few years I have been having Heart Failure. It comes and goes but when the pain starts its agonizing. Last time it happened I fell to the ground clutching my chest screaming out in pain; luckily enough I wasn’t at school otherwise my friends would have gone nuts. I know it’s not right to keep this from them, but I hate it when others give me sympathy and act all soppy around me; and I don’t want to be known as the girl with Heart problems!
It’s two weeks till Christmas; everyone is so excited including me. Every year Christmas is always different, I mean yeah my family isn’t like others but that’s why I love them, their better that way. Our teacher Mrs Lindsay came in and started barking orders knocking me out of my thoughts of Christmas. “Know as you all know Christmas is in two weeks, and school finishes this week. During your last week here you WILL NOT and I repeat WILL NOT do anything to do with Christmas, due to most students and myself not liking Christmas!” she snarled.
After about 30 minutes being in her class everyone was bored and wanted to have some fun. For some reason Mrs Lindsay always hated us all. I wonder how she got married, especially if she talks to us that way. At least my favourite class was next, HPE. It was always my favourite because its sport, and since my friends Brody and Josh were in it, it was always fun. Brody, Josh and I have always been close ever since we started here at Maryvale High.
Sport is always one of my classes that fly’s by so quickly except for today. It seemed to be going very slow as if I was in slow motion. I took me a couple of seconds to adjust to the fact that coach had sat me out first; I mean what the hell, I was the best player on that field and he sits me out! We were halfway through the game when coach calls time out, and I haven’t even been put on yet. Honestly if he doesn’t put me on today I’m going to refuse to play when he needs me in the next game!; I know its mean that he’s doing this and that I’m going to do that to him but everyone knows I’m the best at soccer and that the only way our teams going to win is with me on field.
After everyone had a drink and had a little rest he called them back onto the field. “Alright Hale you’re on” he shouted. Hale was my nickname, well actually it was my last name but everyone liked saying it when we were on field because it scared the other players. I loved how my friends had started that the day we had our first game, half the players just stood there because they thought I was going to boll them all over; to be honest it was a very funny soccer game. Ever since that first game coach adored me well not really he just liked the fact that everyone ran when they heard ‘Hale’ called out.
As I moved out onto the field my friends Brody and Josh smiled at me from the other side of the field, they were on the other team and I was so going to kick their asses! Even though I always do they seem to think they have a chance at beating me. Within 5 minutes we had scored 6 goals. Beating the opponent was always easy when it came to versing the rest of the schools team. It was 20 minutes to the bell and everyone was so enthusiastic about the game we didn’t want to stop. After a couple more minutes we had scored 10 goals and the other team had scored 5.
We decided to start a new game sine coach was leaving all the time to make phone calls to the principle about who should be in what sports groups. I knew I was going to be on the soccer team, which I was excited about. Normally I wouldn’t have to try so hard to impress them, but today I was trying my hardest to even put on a brave face when I have been in pain the whole morning. Except right now it was getting worse and I didn’t want to sit out of another game.
I started up front of everyone else on my team, but the other team started with the ball. Getting the ball of the other team was easy and winning this game would be easy too. Coach blew the whistle before he headed off for another phone call to the principle. Just as my competition tried to swing the ball around the other side of me I kicked it out from underneath him and started heading towards the goal. Along the way I dodged others trying to kick it towards the other goal but I just moved and watched them fall on their asses.
Getting down near the goal was difficult as they had made a wall of people so I couldn’t get through. Just then coach came back and started watching. Before I knew it I flicked the ball into the air jumped and kicked it towards the goal and did a summersault and fell; normally I would land on my feet but pain shot out and into my legs so I couldn’t move. Within seconds of hitting the ground coach came running over he started saying something I couldn’t quite make it out as I was drifting in and out of consciousness.
I opened my eyes to the feeling of cold water being splashed on my face and coach saying “It’s all right, the ambulance is on its way. You’re going to be fine”, he said shakily.
“But…Coach…I….I…Wont….Be…Fine…My….Heart…” I sputtered out before I fell unconscious.
I awoke to nurses giving doctors my results as they rushed me into surgery. They were talking about a heart transplant since the one I have now was failing and would kill me within the next hour. It was days before I had been awakened again but the good thing was I had a new heart; one that worked properly and it was only days before Christmas. Just then my doctor came in and said “Your very lucky young lady, any longer with that heart inside you, you wouldn’t be with us right now. It was a very special miracle. As it is only a couple of days till Christmas, we will get you up and moving around so you can spend this Christmas at home with your family and friends instead of here at the hospital” he chuckled.
3 days went bye and I had been up and walking around, my doctor had come by earlier that morning and had told me that I was okay to go home but had to have a check-up after Christmas.
Another 2 days had passed and it was Christmas. This year my family had invited my friend’s families over to have a big Christmas lunch. This truly was the best Christmas anyone like me could have ever wished for especially since i had friends and family around me who I could spend the next couple of years with in peace without heart issues all thanks to the doctors who saved my life.