|My 5-Star accommodations at the ER|
They hooked me up to an IV and took a blood sample to test if there were any signs of a heart attack recently (I had also gone home from work early on the previous Friday with chest discomfort). The blood test takes about 1.5 hours so it was "wear the open-backed dress and wait" game. Fortunately for me, my wife had gotten my message on her work voice mail and had come down to hang out with me.
The nurse came back in about an hour and said the first blood test was not working and took another tube of fresh blood and started the 1.5 hour test again. Now it was about noon and they didn't want me to have food or water until they had some results.
About two o'clock they came back and said the second test proved negative; meaning no heart-attack, but wanted to do another round of blood tests to make sure (add 1.5 more hours to the fun).
Those tests came back negative also, but it was still not explaining the symptoms, so they scheduled me for a Cardiac Perfusion Scan. Finally got out of the ER about 4 pm.
|Bob's pre-Christmas lighting ceremony|
|Cardiac Perfusion Scan camera|
That was Thursday. Now, more waiting for results. Possibilities: Coronary Artery Disease, damaged heart muscle, or some "other" innocuous unknown. A guy I know on the Tonsil Cancer Forum was about two years out (like me) from Tonsil cancer radiation and chemo treatments when he went to the doctor for chest pains and was subsequently diagnosed with lung cancer. So, one has to be cautious about hoping for "other"...might be out of the frying pan and into the fire.
I am supposed to hear from my doctor tomorrow. It is somewhat like buying your future on the installment plan. But I got a blog out of it...ha.
"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat." - Napoleon Hill