Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Could It Be The Caffienne?

No, it is not the caffeine!!

It was only last Friday, seems a lot longer. I was going about the business of painting. The bedroom, this time, when I started to feel so nauseous. I tried to ignore it, then realized that it was almost 1 o'clock and that I might need to eat.

I ate, then headed back to my paint. I managed to finish the wood work before I started to feel awful again. Really awful. Hard to breathe, my left shoulder and jaw ached, light headed and dizzy.
Decided to call the doctor's office and see if they could work me in. Took two aspirin and called He Who in from whatever he was doing to see if he might want to drive me to the clinic.

I had time, so I decided to take a shower. I am not a sloppy painter, but I do tend to use my fingers to clean any little splatter, so I usually have paint on my hands and arms. I had washed my hair the night before, so I just took a quick shower. That turned out to be a big regret!!

The nurse practitioner decided an EKG was in order and I soon found myself in an ambulance on the way to the ER. I had not planned for this, anymore than I planned on a three day hospital stay. I have given birth and gone home in less time!

No, it was not my heart. My heart stood up to every test known and I am good for another 50,000 miles!! I have had numerous EKG's, a chest X-ray, a CAT scan of my heart and lungs, a chemical stress test, an echocardiogram and an ultra sound study of my carotid arteries; all with good results.

I was admitted, but no hospital rooms were available in a hospital under construction. I was placed in the holding rooms meant to recover patients after an out-patient endoscopy/colonoscopy procedure. The "rooms" are tiny cubicles with three walls and a curtain. The bathroom was in the hall.

I came home yesterday and slept in my own bed with my furry babies and my husband last night. I figured out what the problem was and the cardiologist agreed ........ I no longer need to be taking blood pressure meds. My blood pressure was hitting bottom and making me feel crappy.

I am so happy to be home with real coffee and no noise in the night! I slept almost all night long. He Who was taking care of me forgot to put Martha, the boy cat, out last and that cat woke me at 3 o'clock to go out and hunt. Went right back to sleep until the dogs began to fight over my hands and whose ears should be rubbed.

I will enthrall you with the details of my hospital stay as the week goes on.


Joanne Noragon said...

All this med monitoring is a pain in the butt, isn't it.I'm off BP meds, too. Mine were driving my bP so low I often was faint or passing out. Waiting to hear about the stay; I hope it was a little better than it sounds.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that nothing serious is going on with your heart and that you can stop taking the meds. I am so medicine-adverse. That's what the doctor calls it, even has it written in my charts. Seems like medicine just causes more problems.

Sondra said...

I guess the silver lining is you are off the BP meds! Continue to mend.

luksky said...

I wondered where you had been! Glad it was not too serious.

Kathy G said...

Glad to hear you're home and feeling better in time for the holidays.

Val said...

Whew! Glad you're okay! Can't wait to hear your hospital tales.

ellen abbott said...

scary! but anything that takes you off a med is a good thing.