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.