Thursday, April 16, 2009

Long and Expensive Day

Today I spent the afternoon in the ER of the local hospital after having experienced chest pain and shortness of breath.  And every time I told someone "I'm a runner," the answer was something like "all the more reason to be concerned."  Runners should not be experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath.

It took all day, but I had a PET scan which showed that my heart is pretty OK.  I can talk about it with my PCP on Monday, but for now I am at home.

My kids drove me home because Ativan was necessary for me to get in the PET scan machine.  

So, this is Mary on Ativan and this thing is really hard to write.

I am going to bed.  

Gratefully.

I am grateful that I live in the United States of America, where when you complain about chest pain everyone jumps to attention.  I am glad that some really fabulous diagnostic technology was about 2 miles down the road from where I work.  I am grateful for the excellent care I received.  I am grateful that my two daughters and my daughter's boyfriend came to stay with me.  I am grateful that one of the nurses asked if my daughter's boyfriend was my husband (tee hee).  

I am grateful that I am a sober person with nothing to hide and that I can get some of the most stellar medical care in the world.  It might cost some money, but it is there, and I can get it.  

And tomorrow we are supposed to get 1 to 3 feet of snow.  FEET.  Who cares?  I am going to sleep.

13 comments:

Scott W said...

Scary. Glad you are okay and I bet you get a really good nights sleep.

Hope said...

I am glad you are okay.
Chest pain and shortness of breath is nothing to fool with, but then you know that already.
And yes, perspective is everything, snow and all.

Steve E. said...

How that we can suffer pain, testing, other discomforts, upsetting of our daily routines/lives
and at the end of the day, write a wonderful gratitude list.

I am grateful for that, and for you, Mary C. And I'm so glad you're OK.

dAAve said...

Oh dear.
Oh Mary.
Ok.

Syd said...

Take care. Chest pain isn't anything to mess around with.

I wish that everyone in the US had access to such good care. Unfortunately, so many people have no health care. And get turned away from ER's. It's a sad thing.

Pam said...

Oh my darlin' radish head...bless your runnin' heart.
Hey the girls had to sit together and act right!
Sleep today, then fill us in when you've rested.
YIKES Mary.

wendy said...

Glad to hear you are OK. Hope you had a restful night.

One Drunk to Another said...

Feel Better!

Trailboss said...

That is indeed scary Mary. Good thing you went right away to the hospital. So many people wait until it is too late. I hope you get some good rest this weekend.

Ed G. said...

Mary - sorry for your upset and health scare.

I wish you a speedy and clear diagnosis, a speedy and thorough treatment and recovery, and the grace of god to give you continued peace throughout the journey.

Thanx for all that you are

Blessings and aloha...

Pam said...

please post an update soon on how you are feeling sweet pea

Prayer Girl said...

You will be in my prayers.

Glad you had the care and support you needed and deserve.

Findon said...

This is the difference between our two medical systems, UK/US. You went and had all those checks and things, you had to pay as I guess do all of you, and you were cleared, and then sent home. Six weeks ago I went to the doc with similiar problems, I got an xray for asbestos 3 weeks later, nothing showed up, pains still there. Sent home. Nothing could be found. Love my country, we dont mess with new fangled technology, we just send everyone home. Glad you are OK.