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Andy Simon woke up that Friday morning with an extremely sharp, nearly crippling pain in his chest. He had never felt such pain. He had never used the word agony before, but in his mind there was no other way to describe it. For a moment there was nothing in his world but the pain and he sat up in his bed trying to scream and only managing a high pitched wheeze. His first thought was that it was a heart attack, but even in his agony he knew that heart attacks were felt on the left side of the chest and in the left arm. This horrible sensation was on his right side, and way too high to be his appendix, which, he would remember later, he had had removed years ago.
“Honey, what’s wrong?” His wife Rebecca had also sat up and had gone completely pale at the sight of her husband holding his chest and making a futile attempt to scream. “Honey? Andy! What’s going on?”
Andy could hardly hear her, and there was no way he’d be able to answer. She reached over and grabbed him by his trembling shoulders and the pain immediately subsided to a dull throb. Both relieved and terrified, Andy gasped for air in big, satisfying gulps.