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Friday, August 08, 2008

What a night, what a day...

Yesterday evening I was behind (in front of...) the computer. Surfing, mailing, blogging, the usual stuff. I was upset; two of my friends are quarreling heavily and it was escalating. I felt trapped in between, didn't want to choose sides. I tried to put my mind to other things, but that didn't really work.

Suddenly I felt a twinge in my chest and I cried out with the shooting pain. It didn't go away at first, just got worse. My throat, shoulder and arm started to tingle. After a while the heavy twinges went away slowly and I was left with a constant heavy chest pain. Meanwhile Ron had called 112 (emergency number) and they sent an ambulance. The paramedics made several ECG's, checked my blood pressure, etc. They couldn't really find something wrong, but didn't trust it and decided to bring me to the hospital. One of them sprayed something under my tongue, which slowly took away the pressure and pain in my chest.

In the hospital I was brought to the coronary care unit, where I was connected to a monitor. I got a drip in my arm and was checked regularly. I hoped I could go home with Ron, but they wanted to keep me overnight to monitor and do more tests. When Ron went home late at night I cried, but I was so very tired that I fell asleep almost instantly.

This morning I woke up around 6.15 am. Blood was taken again, several checks done. I felt okay, no pain or problems whatsoever, just tired. After breakfast I had to wait for the blood results and then for the heart specialist to visit me. I had to do a test on an exercise bike to see if extra strain would cause problems. I sweated like crazy and was a bit dizzy, but gladly no further problems. After lunch the specialist told me I could go home. They don't know exactly what happened, but the symptoms were clearly related to my heart. There is no damage, so it wasn't an infarct. My potassium is too low, cholesterol too high. I get extra medication on top of the ones I'm already taking. Next Wednesday I have an appointment with the internist.

Now I'm home and I'm feeling okay. It scared the hell out of me though, same goes for Ron... I hope it was just an unfortunate incident, never to come back! Tonight I'm sleeping in my own bed close to Ron. Pfew....

33 comments:

  1. Lieve Cora,

    Wat heb je me laten schrikken. Van die ruzie was ik inmiddels ook op de hoogte, maar had nooit gedacht dat het zo vreselijk har(t)d bij je was aangekomen. Ik wens je heel veel rust, sterkte, liefde, licht en kracht om verder te gaan en je zeker niet schuldig of in het midden te voelen (staan). Je mag me altijd bellen. Ik kom ook gauw naar je toe! Je hebt mijn nummer.... Heel veel liefs en een knuffel, Lynn

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  2. Wow … scary wake-up call! I’m glad you’re okay … and back home … hope they figure things out quickly and you’re feeling better soon.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  3. Oh honey! I can only hope that this was a once-time occurrance and that you will remain well.

    Keep us posted!

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  4. I'm glad you're back home. That must've been so scary. Be well!

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  5. Pff Cora,

    Wat moeten jullie geschrokken zijn! Hopelijk voel je je snel weer okay. Ik denk in ieder geval aan je.

    Take care,
    Jacks

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  6. That scared me just reading about it. I hope you will stay well and that never happens again!

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  7. Oh no - hope they can find out what's wrong. Low potassium - sounds like a banana a day is in order! (or some prunes!)
    Take care and have a good weekend,
    mo

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  8. I am sorry for you ordeal. I guess we have to stress less and look after our health. I have also learned that the hard way. Please get well soon and my prayers are with you.

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  9. Thank you all for your heartwarming, loving comments!
    I'm feeling okay, although I'm still very tired. I sleep a lot.
    Sometimes what happened just hits me. I'm warned and I'll try everything to prevent more of this.

    Love, Tink

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  10. How scary. I hope all is well with you!

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  11. Take care of yourself. I do hope all is well.

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  12. What a scary time you must have had. I'm glad you are okay and back home again and hopefully it will never happen to you again.

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  13. Oh my! I am so glad you are feeling better. I hope your appointment next Wednesday goes well.
    Sending good thoughts your way from Georgia, USA.

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  14. What a scary night!! It makes even me think about dieting on monday. Better follow this up..don't take any chances.

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  15. OH MY GOD!!!

    I'm so grateful for Ron... and those doctors....

    ((HUG))

    I hope you are truly all right!

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  16. night and day ????

    is a discteque near my house.

    ciao da venezia

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  17. OMG ! I believe you that you were scared. It must have been a horrible feeling ! Hope you will never experience this again !

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  18. Good thing you're ok now. Be cautious. Not too much on fatty and oily foods.

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  19. oh man, i'm glad you are ok!!!

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  20. I hope you're feeling better soon Tink!

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  21. Jee Tink, scared me shitless overhere. So glad your heart is not damaged! Hope this was a once only never to be repeated event. Good vibes from down under are going your way! XXX

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  22. I hope you are feeling better soon. I'll send blessing to you via the Goddess!

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  23. Anonymous11/8/08 09:02

    Wooow meis, wat vertel je nu allemaal.
    Pffff, rustig aan doen hoor.

    heel veel beterschap en sterkte met alles wat je bezig houdt

    Knuffels
    Misticle

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  24. Pretty scary. Glad it's over. Take care of yourself.

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  25. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and daily reiki blessings. Glad you were able to come home and everything turned out ok.

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  26. Wow, scary. All the best to you.

    Beterschap!

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  27. Oh no! I hope it isn't anything serious. Take care.

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  28. hi tink, saw you were on my page, shoulda said hi :) i think i overwrote you in my blogroll when i added somebody else lol have to learn how to use it.. i looked today and you weren't there! hope you are feeling better today, and after an episode like that you might want to consider changing religions ;)

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  29. I'm so sorry you went through that! I'm wishing you well! :)

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  30. How frightening! Hope you are feeling better soon, and they find out exactly what is going on. You will be in my thoughts and prayers:-)

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  31. Hope you feeling better.

    Just letting you know - you have won the Arte y Pico award. Feel free to stop by and pick it up. :)

    Lady Rose (Stir the Cauldron)

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  32. how ar u feelin?
    yer frend--jh

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  33. That is scary, oh I hope you are okay. I'm sure you wonder if it will happen again though. I've had a very heavy feeling on my chest once but it went away and no shooting or tingling was connected with it so I didn't have it checked.

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