My father had cataract surgery yesterday morning and I went with Maisie and my mother to bring him there.
Out of the blue, I felt a sharp pain in my right shoulder blade. It worsened as time wore on, eventually my entire right hand was also numb.
Later that afternoon I called my doctor and was going to come in to see her.
About an hour after calling her, my LEFT arm/hand started to feel numb and breathing became difficult.
Since I have Lupus (a genetic autoimmune disorder) and Factor V Leiden (another genetic thick blood clotting issue), I called the doc again and she told me to get to the ER.
“Better safe than dead” were her words.
Not wanting to worry my father, who was recovering from surgery at my house, I simply asked him if he could watch Maisie while I ran quickly to see my doctor.
While I drove myself to the Emergency Room, the pain became nearly unbearable. I worried I was going to pass out before getting there. Luckily, I made it with no problems.
They did an EKG immediately, gave me an injection of some pain med that starts with a PH or F, then took tests to check for blood clots, did X-rays. The initial pain med did little more than make me dizzy, so eventually they gave me morphine. THAT barely worked, so I ended up with an injection of valium as well.
My blood clotting test came back too high, which scared the crap out of me, so they whisked me down the hall for an angio CT scan. While pumping the contrast dye through the crook of my arm, I felt a sharp pain.
Yay! They blew my vein.
I was sent back to my room and had to take ANOTHER blood test to check for heart attack. During the analysis, the machine breaks down.
Eventually I was discharged- they believe I have ANOTHER herniated disc in my spine.
My child is the destroyer of spines- I am convinced.
I was given a prescription for valium and instructions to call my doctor.
Now I have an appointment tomorrow at 10 am and I can do very little but lay in bed.
I had a lovely hour long massage today, which helped so much.