Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I hate waiting for the unknown

Tuesday morning I woke 4 a.m. with severe chest pain and my right shoulder numb. The pain got worse in just a few minutes. Mr. Wonderful called for an ambulance and I was whisked off to the hospital.

(One of my girlfriends has asked if the firemen and EMTs who showed up were cute. How on earth should I know?! I was in pain worse than no-drugs-labor. Besides, no reason to rate the cuteness of firemen and EMTs when Mr. Wonderful blows them all out of the water.)

I should have just had Mr. W take me to the hospital. He got there at the same time as the ambulance. It felt like the ambulance took every road construction project on the route to get to the hospital. Someone really needs to redesign those things for a smoother ride. Mr. W's truck would have been much more comfortable.

The ER dr. ordered blood work, EKG, chest x-ray and a MRI. After all this was done, ER doc ruled out heart attack and pulmonary embolism (that's a blessing right there. I thought I was having a heart attack.) ER doc thinks it might have been a esophageal spasm due to acid reflux (I don't get heartburn, what on earth is he talking about?) or an ulcer. He has prescribed an ulcer med (that gives me heartburn) and Prilosec. I have an appt. with my personal physician this Friday to discuss everything and decide where to go from there.

Since I don't know if this will happen again, I had to cancel going to UT to see my parents come home from their mission (Mr. W. can't go and if I had another attack while driving, well, that's just an accident waiting to happen.)

ER doc also gave me a note to stay home from school this week and rest (part of his prescription. I didn't ask for it.) My profs have all been good about it. I'll spend the time studying....and playing with my new birthday toy thanks to Mr. W's parents, my southern grandmother M, and my own budget. A brand spanking new sweet Kodak Z1015 IS.

You're gonna see more pics on this blog.

(PS - please pray for me. I'm a big believer in prayer. I want really good news come Friday.)


CandyandLadybugs said...

I'll be praying for you. That is so scary. ((((((HUGS))))))


Well prayer is the only thing that has gotten me through the last 7month with my un explainable shoulder and neck pain. You are on my list Super Mom.

Haley said...

WWHHHAATT! So sorry! I'm glad those other things were ruled out. Hope you're feeling ok. Wish we were closer.

Robyn said...

Oh my goodness Scare! I will keep you and yours in my prayers! Hoping it was random and they find you 100%!

I'm sorry you have to miss your parents coming home!

Soozcat said...

Gah! CM's brother had something like this several years back, only in his left arm and shoulder (which was pretty scary). The docs did a full workup on him and their diagnosis was essentially a highbrow version of "Well, it wasn't a heart attack and we don't know what it was, but come back in if it happens again." It hasn't so far.

Unexplained chest pains are scary (not that explained chest pains are a lot better). Our prayers will continue to be with you and your family.

mum2brady said...

Ohhh - that is scary! Definitely keeping you in my prayers! Sending some hugs and feel better wishes too!

Angela said...

So glad you're okay Carrie. Is there just no way possible you can come down this weekend? Too bad Scott doesn't have a learners permit yet. Is there any way you can get the okay from your doctor on Friday or no? We'll miss you.