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.  


  1. What a scare! I'm glad you went in and had it checked. Hope your stress test turns out fine too!

    1. Thank you! I am feeling tired, but a bit better today.

  2. Hang in there! I will keep you in my prayers ;) Get some rest and take it easy. Hope everything goes well for you Thursday!


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