My Trip to the Emergency Room

So, on Sunday, as I pulled into the CVS parking lot, I heard a commercial on the radio saying it was Women’s Awareness Heart Attack Week or Month and they named off seven symptoms – shortness of breath, back pain, chest pain, headache and three others.  I had three of the symptoms (back, chest and headache), however, I went into CVS and did my transaction because I didn’t feel like I was going to pass out.

I was experiencing the symptoms I strained my back from lifting bottled water 32 count into my shopping cart and into the trunk of the car.  The headache was probably because I had not ate.

Anyways, I had not stepped into an Emergency Room in forever and so I was not knowing what to expect.  The nurse got my information, immediately, as another nurse, took my temperature, blood pressure and listened to my heart.

I left Mr. Man in the waiting room, as they wist me away into a exam room where they extracted my blood and they took an EKG (electrocardiogram). I’ve not had an EKG previously and so you have to be your own advocate and I’m not trained medical terminology  so I had them explain to me the purpose of the EKG.

The doctor also recommended a CT (computed tomography) scan with a contrast in my IV to get a look detailed at heart and the veins.  I had not had the procedure previously and once again, I’m asking the purpose of the procedure and if there is any pain involved.

What I found out is that I have a healthy heart but it was a good thing that I went because I found out that I have high blood pressure and they gave me this teeny, tiny pill to bring down my blood pressure and they made me a follow up appointment for Tuesday.

Another thing that I observed in the exam room that are clustered tightly together is that they were examining a Latin-X man probably in his 60’s or 70’s as his 41 year old son was there.  The man had a temperature of 104 degrees and he spoke English with a Spanish accent.

I was at the hospital for six hours and not at any point was I asked for identification, I didn’t even have to show my hospital ID, I just gave them my social security number.  However, I’m hearing them asking the Latin-X man with 104 temperature for identification.  He gave them what they wanted.

I saw and heard some crazy things while I was at Emergency but I’m grateful that they are there when we need them.

{ 11 comments }

  • Nick February 11, 2019, 11:30

    On behalf of many readers I wish you the very best! Blood pressure is very tricky and can fluctuate all over the place. But it’s very important to keep it under control and within a certain range. Please also consider (in addition to any medication you need to take) adding ginger to your diet. It helped lower my blood pressure and is a good anti-nausea as well. I keep the candies in my car.

    • Janell February 11, 2019, 11:40

      I’ve also had high blood pressure and sometimes it’s from my anxiety but also watch your caffeine and sodium intake. They can cause it to go up.

      • Ms. B. February 11, 2019, 13:28

        Janell, I’ll have to be vigilant about watching my sodium and caffeine intake.

    • Ms. B. February 11, 2019, 13:31

      Nick, thank you. I’ll have to look into adding ginger to my health care routine.

  • Cathy February 11, 2019, 13:22

    I am glad you were proactive about this situation. Please look after yourself for you, Mr. Man, your son, and your online family. There is only ONE of YOU! All the best with your health. God bless you.

  • Anna February 11, 2019, 15:35

    I’d encourage you to report it to hospital management if you see or hear anything especially troubling while being treated. Most people don’t like filing complaints, but if there’s anything that truly warrants it, it is witnessing blatant racism.

    • Ms. B. February 11, 2019, 15:42

      I was in a unit that had five rooms and the man with the high temp is the only one I heard them ask for ID.

  • LS February 11, 2019, 16:06

    Sorry to hear what happened. Hope all is well now. Take good care!

  • Jill February 11, 2019, 22:33

    Happy to hear that it wasn’t as serious as a heart attack. Unfortunately, as we age our body befins to show rhe “signs of wear and tear” from our youthful days. It always seem to be the “silent” issues. Take care and maybe start having Mr Man or your son do some of the heavy lifting.

  • Diana February 12, 2019, 08:53

    Please take good care of yourself. Health is very tricky, never know what happens. Precaution is only thing we can take. I am glad you are fine.

    • Ms. B. February 12, 2019, 15:31

      Diana, thank you. I am definitely going to be taking better care of myself.