Sunday, June 6, 2010

A little scare

On Friday morning I had a little scare. Well, actually it was a great big scare.
I woke up at 4:00am to chest pains. They were in my left shoulder, up my jaw and esp. in the middle of my back. My pulse seemed to race and I was nauseated.
I waited until 7, took a shower and then called my sister, my manager, my husband and then an ambulance. I didn't start crying until I called 911. I know, waiting 3 hours to call seems crazy and it was, but I kept thinking the signs would go away.
When I got into the ambulance my blood pressure was 200/108. Normally I am in the 140/78 range. 200/108 for those of you who don't know is stroke level.
They gave me some nitroglycerin and some aspirin. When I arrived at the hospital, they ran blood work, gave me lots more nitro and then did a CAT scan. It took about 5 hours to get my blood pressure down.
All the tests came back looking ok, but they kept me overnight. My cardiac enzymes were ok through the night.
My primary care doc said they have seen 300 cases since Dec. of a virus (not contagious, environmental) that sort of mimics a heart attack. Chest pains, nausea, light headedness, are all signs of the virus, along with extreme tiredness. He thinks this may be what I have.
But just in case he has me seeing a cardiologist. This all happened on a weekend of course and they don't do extensive testing on weekends.
I have to have nuclear stress test done. I have had one in the past and said I WOULD NEVER do that again. But never say never, because I have now scared myself into agreeing to have one.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. This is a very scary time for my family and I.
Oh and by the way, just after I called the ambulance, I put a little stitching project in a bag I took with me. You have to have your priorities in line!
New note: I have an appointment for the stress test on Wednesday, June 16th with a visit to the cardiologist on June 21st.
Since I last posted I had another episode, but not as bad. I went to my doctor to find my blood pressure was up to 208/120. They got it down before I left the office and put me on a blood pressure medicine. He is not sure why all of a sudden my b/p has taken to being this high, but for now I am feeling much, much better. It is amazing what a little pill can do for you.
I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. It is what gets me through this rough patch in my life!

28 comments:

crossstitchbibs said...

So glad you are okay!!! Prayers are with you as you have testing done!!! Love your priorities of taking your stitching with you!!!!

Mary said...

You are in my prayers, my dear friend. I will be thinking of you and hoping for the greatest of all test results! Love ya!

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staci said...

{{{HUGS}}} AND PRAYERS to you Donna! I hope that all your tests come back ok and that you don't experience a scare like this again! Take care and wishing you well.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Prayers you can get this under control and get better soon.

Terry said...

Keeping fingers and toes crossed that all tests come back okay. Hopefully it was only the virus as the doctor said but you can never be too sure so it's better to check. You had to have something to disctract you from all the stress so why not stitch!

TaDa said...

oh my donna... I am so putting you in my prayers... take care of yourself and hollar out if you need anything...

hugs

sales said...

You take care of yourself and I hope it was just a virus. I love it that you took a stitching project!
Heidi-ILCS

Emily said...

How scary, hope the heart doctor says everything is Okay.

Mel said...

Oh Donna. That is indeed scary.
I do hope that you start to feel better soon.
*hugs*

Katrien said...

I'm so glad you're okay.

Cyndi Harris ~ said...

I'm praying for you! Glad you are ok. I hope everything comes out just fine when you go through the testing.

Kay said...

Glad to hear that you are doing better now, I hope everything goes well for you.

Blu said...

Glad to hear that you're better. Prayers that all works out soon.
((((((((Hugs)))))))))))

Daffycat said...

*gasp* How terrifying, Donna! I am so glad you are OK!

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - that is scary! So glad the initial signs are looking good. Will keep you in prayer, Donna, and hoping that this is just a scare and nothing more. I do love the fact that you took XS with you!!! ((Hugs))

Janine said...

Donna, Keeping you in my thoughts. I hope all the tests turn out well.
Janine

Rene la Frog said...

You sound like me putting off calling for help but I was stupid and waited 4 days (almost too long). I hope it is just a virus and you are OK real soon.

Moreen said...

Donna I hope you are feeling better now and that your test results show that it was a virus, it must have been so scary for you.

Kathy said...

Oh my Goodness. Donna I hope you are doing better now. And I hope the stress test wasn't too bad. Please take care of yourself.
Oh and do make sure you have your stitching. After all if the meds don't help the blood pressure your stitching should. :)

MaryT said...

Glad you're ok, I love your priories list though:) Stitching is the most important thing! LOL

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Barb said...

What a scare. Hope you are doing better now.

Karan said...

Oh Donna, what an awful scare! Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers & hope the tests bring the results you want. Take care (((((((((hugs))))))))).

Joy said...

OMG!! I am sooo glad that you are OK. I hope everything turns out just fine and my needles are crossed for you. Such a perfect stitchaholic...grab that project always! :-)

Shelleen said...

OMG Donna, how scary that must have been. I hope that they will know what is wrong, once the tests are done and they can help you and it isn't anything serious.

Carolyn said...

Donna,
I am glad they got your blood pressure down. Keep us posted on your tests.

Keeping you in my prayers. (((HUGS))).

Dani - tkdchick said...

I'm so sorry to hear you had such a scare! Why the hell did you wait 3 hours? Any heart attack symptom and you should be calling 911!!! Don't ever be silly and wait like that again. Also take an asprin, its not going to hurt is it?

I hope it really is nothing.