Saturday, March 14, 2009

My first trip to the ER.....

Yesterday morning (Friday the 13th!) I was on my way to go to the oncologist for terrible pain in my right arm, and my chest. I was short of breath and taking a deep breath hurts a LOT! I could barely move my right arm without pain shooting down my arm, up my neck and into my jaw.  Owie!  I called the oncologist and they told me to come in at 11.  Mark came home from work and took me.  The onc examined me and was afraid that I had a blood clot in my lung.  Doesn't that sound fun.  So he sent me across the street to the ER to have tests run.  They did an EKG and a heart enzyme test to rule out heart problems.  Those both came back normal.  Although when I checked into the ER my BP was 145/100.  They then did a chest CT scan and took an x-ray to see if there were clots in my lungs. Both showed my lungs were clear!  Yeah! 

The ER doc, who seemed to be very thourough, came to the conclusion that I had pinched a nerve and that was causing my pain.  They gave me really good drugs at the ER and by then I had no pain :)  The only problem was the nausea.  So they gave me nausea medicine that made me throw up twice!  Have to remember that one so they don't give it to me again! 

So they sent me home.  Yeah!  I was sure that morning they would admit me.  That's the last thing I wanted.  Mark made me homemade pizza for dinner.  Yum.  Then I took a hot bath watched the end of Space Chimps (what a funny movie!) and went to bed.  I slept pretty good except for twice when I made the mistake of rolling over on my right arm. 

This morning my chest still hurts when I take a deep breath, but the right arm is doing much better.  I just have to be careful not to overdo it today.  But this cold rainy day is a good day to stay home and not do much of anything.

Thank you to all y'all that prayed for me yesterday!  Prayers are making all the difference in my life!