Guess Where I've Been Hanging Out Tonight
This day started much better than it ended. Got up, ate breakfast, drove to the Templeton house and decided to roam the property to get photos of our trees. This is one of the many of our oak tree while it still has its leaves. It's hard to choose when you've taken a lot of views. This one was from far enough away to capture the whole tree.
I finally made myself go in the house and start printing more real estate forms from our Realtor so we could sign them and fax them back. Then I had an appointment with my cardiologist for pre-surgical clearance. I had an EKG and he listened to my heart and we talked. He decided I needed to schedule a treadmill stress test for a week from Tuesday. I went home.
My husband came home a few minutes later from his appointment that followed mine. I had taken a lovely detour home to try to capture some great views of the sky at Doce Robles winery. It's really hard to choose just one scene to show you. That's a problem when there are so many shots to be had and the weather is perfect for shooting.
After Hubby faxed the forms, we ate. I went up stairs to do something, came down, and got one of my palpitation attacks. So I sat in Hubby's chair to wait until I was normal again, and wondered why this couldn't have happened while I was on the EKG machine earlier that afternoon. I thought I was better, so I told Hubby I was going to take a shower and he should lock me in when he left to go back to Paso, where we actually are living now. It was about 5:30. I was planning to pay some bills on the office computer after that. The best laid plans ….
I got another case of palpitations while in the shower. I've never had two in a row like that, and this was worse than the ones I had a couple of weeks ago when I was accidentally off my medication. I've been on the medication for two weeks now, and this shouldn't have happened. It was also a bit different in the way it came on. Good thing I had a shower chair. I almost blacked out. But didn't. It was a bit scary.
I finally recovered enough to leave the shower and make it to the bedroom to lie down. But I knew I still wasn't normal, so I had to make the decision. To go, or not to go, to the emergency room. It's a big decision, since it does cost money, and I knew they might keep me all night, like they did once before. I finally decided to call my husband for help, since I wasn't sure I should try driving home. He came back and took me to the ER, and then he took the photo you see above with my camera.
It took a couple of hours for them to run the tests and get me stable. The nurse put in an IV to pump me with fluid and a small dose of my normal medication, and she wasn't very good at it. It hurt. I was surprised they gave me the medicine by IV, since I have been taking it regularly this past two weeks and haven't skipped any doses. The nurse then tried to draw blood, and the lab rejected it because she didn't take the sample correctly. Fortunately, a qualified genuine “vampire” from the lab came in to do the job right. And then we had to wait another 45 minutes for the results.
The results of the labs were all normal and by the time they got there, I was about normal again, too. There was no evidence of a heart attack having taken place and the doctor determined it was probably a medication issue and that the dose might need adjusting. We'll see how it goes.
Now I'm ready for bed. I thought I'd never get all those little stickers off my body that they use to hold all the monitoring wires in place. It's really good to be home again and able to spend the night in my own bed. Obviously, I didn't get much posting done today.
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Image Credit » My husband took the photo and I have used it with his permission.