Saturday, September 15, 2012
The E.R. once again
Well once again a day was spent in the hospital. This time it was a bit different though. This time it was me. I am using an old picture from one of Kara's ER visits, because I forgot to take any pictures while I was there. Since I was the patient, it didn't cross my mind.
On Friday, I was not feeling good all day. I was achy and exhausted. During my trip to Target with my daughter, I felt really short of breath. Later while laying down, I was having pains in my chest on and off. Around two in the morning, my jaw also began to hurt. I was unsure what to do at that point. Was it bad enough to call 911, or was I making myself worse with stress and anxiety? When the pain started to go away, I decided to go ahead and go to sleep saying some extra prayers. This morning when I woke up, I still didn't feel good. When I started having shortness of breath again, we decided I needed to be checked out. We needed to be safe, rather than sorry.
We got to the hospital around 1 p.m. My initial EKG and lung test were good. They put me in a room to give me more tests. I was hooked up with an IV line and plugged in a machine to constantly check my heart rate and breathing. One of my tests came back too high. The E.R. Dr was concerned enough to send me to have a C.T. scan to check for a blood clot. I also had another chest Xray. Both of those came back clear, so a clot was ruled out. Around 5 p.m. the Dr told me we had two options. Even though my tests were coming back okay, she had not totally ruled out a heart issue. Option number one was to stay overnight and have a stress test in the morning. Since I already have a stress test scheduled for Thursday from my physical last week, she was willing for me to go with option number two. If a third enzyme test came back clear, then she would allow me to go home and wait until my scheduled stress test. The third test was taken 6 hours after my initial test around 7:30 p.m. Around 8:30, I found out that my 3rd test was clear too. Woohoo! I was going to be allowed to go home. I was released with the instructions to take it easy for the next several days and to come back in if needed. I had my first bite of food of the day around 8:30. I was so hungry and thirsty, because I had not been able to eat or drink all day long. (it would affect the test results) While we are still not exactly sure what is going on, a few things have now been ruled out. Now I just have take it easy all week. Not to bad for Drs. orders.