Medical Emergency Update

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Sorry, I've been AWOL here lately. Since Monday my life has been completely and totally horrific. I've managed to stay chipper and stress free despite the many disturbing experiences. I figured I would do a quick day by day recount.

Monday:
  • Had a lovely, relaxing morning with an amazing friend. Drank herbal tea and chatted about life.
  • By 1:00 PM I had severe chest pain, weakness, dizziness, pain radiating into shoulders, shortness of breath.
  • 3:30 PM admitted into ER with the above symptoms.
  • 4:00PM EKG done, pulse was 140, blood pressure was 120/90.
  • 4:30 PM received saline drip, blood work drawn.
  • 5:00 PM pulse still 140, received shot of Ativan through IV.
  • 5:30 PM pulse dropped to 100.
  • 6:00 PM CBC came back, was at deciding point (2) for possibly having blood clot. High glucose level (odd because I hadn't eaten in a while and I don't consume sugar), possible thyroid issue.
  • 6:15 PM chest x-ray.
  • 6:30 PM CT scan with contrast to check for clots.
  • 7:00 PM chest pain was gone, feeling better, no clots were found, thyroid results wouldn't be available for 24 hours. Discharged.
Tuesday:
  • 1:00 PM Rheumatologist appointment. Pulse was 140. Rheumy called cardiovascular specialist at St. Mary's. Tried to keep my pulse down the best he could.
  • 2:00 PM arrive and check in at cardiovascular office.
  • 2:15 PM nurse took information and vitals and performed EKG.
  • 2:40 PM cardiovascular specialist came in for all of five minutes. Said I had a heart murmur and said I needed an echo. Informed me they couldn't do it there but would be seen immediately at Henrico Doctor's.
  • 3:00 PM arrive at Henrico Doctor's cardiovascular specialist office.
  • 3:30 PM severe chest pain, dizziness, weakness, nausea, exhaustion, dehydrated.
  • 4:00 PM chest echo performed, cardiovascular specialist wasn't there to look at results.
  • 4:30 PM left office, got out in hallway, felt as if I was going to fall over and die. Called rheumy, told me to go across the street to ER and say I had chest pain.
  • 4:40 PM, entered ER, said I had chest pain, room was spinning, triage nurse told me to go wait, Mother pitched a fit. Got me in wheelchair saving me from collapsing on floor.
  • 5:00 PM put in cardiac ER.
  • 5:15 PM hooked up to monitors, EKG performed.
  • 5:40 PM possibly mitrial valve prolapse.
  • 6:00 PM, shot of a beta blocker. No saline drip, no nothing. Difficulty breathing, chest pain, but was awake yet confused.
  • 8:30 PM cardiovascular specialist refused to admit me because he said there was no reason to admit me. He said my heart was under control with beta blocker shot.
  • 9:00 PM got home, showered ER germs off, went downstairs to get something to eat.
  • 10:30 PM Came back up stairs, almost collapsed on stairs. Managed to get into bed, started crying from pain, severely confused, kept passing out and waking up. Told Mom I didn't want to go back to ER.
  • 11:00 PM Mom called 911. EMT's came, don't remember much. Carried me down the stairs and out to the stretcher.
Well, I'm too exhausted and in too much pain to finish this right now. I thought it would be good to keep my mind off of it all. But I'm starting to get confused and shaky again. I can't go back to the ER, they hate me.

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