(Sorry for another wordy post!!!)
I am not one of those people who hates doctors appointments or is afraid of hospitals or anything like that…but I have to say, after this weekend I am a little sick of the ER.
I spent all of Saturday night/Sunday morning in the ER with excruciating chest pain.
It all started around 12 midnight when I was jolted out of my sleep from a severe sharp pain in my left chest. It was really scary because I assumed I was having a heart attack or something like that! I also felt incredibly nauseous and the pain was literally taking my breath away.
Both my parents quickly woke up and within a few minutes decided we needed to call an ambulance. I really didn’t want to go through a whole ordeal like that again…but I was in so much pain at that point that I didn’t really protest.
In about 5 minutes we had an ambulance and a fire truck at out door (my poor neighbors…they were probably woken up by all the commotion!) and I was being strapped up with electrodes and oxygen.
On the way to the hospital the EMT had to stick me THREE times to get a good IV going (as if I wasn’t in enough pain already). He had to keep reminding me to slow my breathing, but the pain was so intense that it was hard to focus on anything else. I actually ended up getting two doses of morphine before we arrived at the hospital. Let me tell you…that stuff is not fun. Even with the low low doses I was given it made me feel completely out of control. My body felt like it was floating and my breathing became incredibly heavy. Not a good mix of conditions for someone who is already freaking out.
Once we got to the hospital I went through a slew of tests…EKG’s, MRI’s, X-ray’s, and a few other minor things. The pain subsided a bit but then would come in really strong and leave me in tears.
At some point while we were waiting for the test results I fell asleep and the next thing I remember was arriving home at about 6 in the morning.
Yesterday was better in terms of pain but the doctors were never able to give us a conclusive diagnoses for what caused the pain.
They think my accident contributed to it in some way, but they’re just not exactly sure how. Whatever it was, I hope it was just a one time occurrence and that from now I will keep improving. All the medications I am on right now probably are probably contributing to how strange I am feeling too!
I just feel so off. My leg pain has improved a lot and walking isn’t so bad anymore…but just my body on the whole feels so weird. I really just can’t wait to get back to normal! Plus, I am going crazy having to sit around everyday!
[I need this book to give me some ideas about how to keep busy ]
On the positive side, my friends and family (including all of you!) have continued to be amazingly supportive…
[get well card from two of the kids I babysit]
[fun care package]
I have been feeling pretty good today so that is a definite plus! The chest pain is very mild and the soreness is tolerable.
Well, I am off to fill out some job applications and find some other ways to keep busy! Wish me luck!
Hope everyone’s week started off well!