Sunday, September 13, 2009
A Sunday Journal Page and an ER visit
I was so sick last Friday I spent most of the day sleeping. I really can't describe how I felt. Just achy, tired, almost lethargic. I felt much better yesterday and even took my mom shopping for a dress to wear to her wedding.
Then I had a bit of a scare today. I have been experiencing pain off and on in my left arm for some time now. This morning is was there again. That achy feeling down the arm, fingers stiff and pain at the elbow. By mid morning I had pain in my chest and my left jaw hurt and my teeth hurt. I knew I couldn't just ignore it any more. I told hubby I was afraid they would want to cut off my wedding ring. It is too tight but it still can be twirled around on my finger. I was in tears. He realized then something really was wrong. I broke out in tears and off we went to the ER.
OK, technically that was a wrong thing to do. We should have called an ambulance, that would have been the right thing to do. But we didn't and he drove me to the hospital. It is what I wanted and luckily everything turned out ok. Naturally they, the nurses and doctor, took my symptoms seriously and did a full cardiac check. I was hooked up to monitors and had all of these little sticky things placed all over me. I had a chest x-ray and blood work done.
Luckily, thankfully, my heart is ok. While checking me over the doctor was able to determine that poking at my shoulder and along my arm and under my arm made the pain worse. He said with a heart attack the pain is not duplicable. He said he did not think I was having a heart attack and then felt around the back of my neck. Wow did that ever cause some shooting pain. They did the cardiac workup just to be sure. No heart attack. The ER doctor thinks I may have a disc problem in my neck causing the arm pain. The chest pain may have just been muscular. I'm to call my regular physician tomorrow for a follow-up. I have a report from the ER for him. They are recommending an MRI of the neck and shoulder and a stress test also. In the meantime I got two different shots in the buttocks (ouch) and a prescription for Percacet. That stuff sure makes me loopy. I had a scare today, maybe it was a panic attack, or a wake up call to get this arm and shoulder pain checked out. Anyway, I sure am grateful for an understanding husband and a wonderful ER staff at our local hospital. And for answered prayer. We'll see what tomorrow and the next day brings. Take it easy for a few days he said. Doesn't he know I have family arriving in two weeks for my moms wedding? Strange things always seem to happen at the most inopportune time around me. And why did I break down crying thinking they would cut off my wedding ring? The mind does work in strange thoughts sometimes. I was also afraid I maybe had a blocked something or other in my neck. I know the ER doctor and he has a wonderful bedside manner and takes the time to listen and answer. I'm not as scared now, still hurt a bit, and am ready to call the doctor and admit I need to make the time to see him. Sometimes we get so busy taking care of life's everyday chores and others that we don't make the time to take care of ourselves. And that's a bad thing.
Above is a Sunday journal page I tried to post a week ago.
Take care of yourselves and have a great week,