WASHOUGAL — Maybe it was the pneumonia that hit organist Louis Pain a few weeks before the big gig. Maybe it was the unrelenting pressure of pushing his trio’s new, hourlong album toward release by deadline.Or maybe it was the french fries. “I sat there thinking, I knew I shouldn’t have eaten those f—g french fries,” said Pain, 66.Whatever the cause, Pain found himself in unexpected pain one night in late March when he was onstage in Portland’s Pearl District, jamming away with his trio. There were about 20 minutes left in the set when Pain felt what seemed like sudden heartburn. “It wasn’t like Fred Sanford, ‘This is the big one!’,” Pain says. He finished the tune. He went outside and sat down, feeling queasy. Somebody checked his pulse and found it irregular. Pain’s wife, Tracy, stuffed him into their car and raced to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.He walked into the hospital and politely asked to jump the emergency department line because he might be having a heart attack; as soon as he said those words, “heart attack,” he felt like a racing car that pulls into the pit and is immediately descended upon from all directions by a fast-working crew.The crew at PeaceHealth did a great job, he said, determining that he had indeed suffered a heart attack and quickly inserting two stents. Pain was told later that one of his arteries had been 100 percent blocked. It was the kind of heart attack doctors call a widow-maker, he said. Tracy, meanwhile, was asked if she wanted a chaplain to sit with her. “This has been much tougher on her than on me,” Pain said.Pain learned that heart disease and its causes aren’t completely understood. A slender guy with low blood pressure, Pain used to think he was about as low-risk as you could get; but just being a male over 60 years old means that’s no longer true — obviously, he said.
Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals stays busy during his offseason.His travel adventures have been well-chronicled. He’s always stays involved in various charity endeavors and, since he’s playing again in 2017, he’s getting ready for the rigors of an NFL season.But there’s always time for a little fun, too.Fitzgerald visited the NBA on TNT crew in Atlanta Monday night and hung with the guys from Area 21, the players only portion of the show hosted by former All-Star Kevin Garnett. Growing up in Minnesota, Fitzgerald was a fan of Garnett in his early days with the Timberwolves, and he shared a story of wanting to be like his idol and reminisced about the first time he met the star..@LarryFitzgerald recalls the first time he met Kevin Garnett… #KGArea21 pic.twitter.com/T51eQBRkeX— KG’s Area 21 (@KGArea21) March 21, 2017He then shared a little wide receiver knowledge with Garnett, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis..@LarryFitzgerald stops by the #PlayersOnly set to drop some 🏈 knowledge on @BaronDavis, @iamisiahthomas, @realchriswebber & @chrisbosh! pic.twitter.com/3v9KWzqimR— KG’s Area 21 (@KGArea21) March 21, 2017He did elaborate on his extensive travel experience, talking about some of the 96 countries he’s visited in his life.Around the 🌍 with @LarryFitzgerald… #KGArea21 pic.twitter.com/4XUGn1cWMZ— KG’s Area 21 (@KGArea21) March 21, 2017And he ended his appearance like others have — by signing Area 21’s backboard. Fitzgerald signed right under another one of his childhood favorites, Randy Moss, because as Fitz put it, “you gotta know your place.” 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling .@LarryFitzgerald signs off from #KGArea21! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/8HGfsHFGhl— KG’s Area 21 (@KGArea21) March 21, 2017 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact