Well, I have had an interesting couple of weeks. I have another week to go, maybe a week and a half, before I know what’s going on. Here’s the story so far…
Thursday, July 23, I woke up feeling not so good. I was having a very hard time catching my breath and my chest felt like someone threw a rock at me and my left shoulder hurt something fierce. I decided it was time to take myself to the walk in clinic. Fortunately, my own Doctor was on call at the clinic. He asked me what was up, so I told him. He listened to my heart and lungs for about that long then said he was sending me to the ER. He said that they could do the same tests there in the office, but it would be a few days before he got the results. The ER was faster. So, I took my self to the ER (fortunately the hospital is next to the clinic) and the nurses there were waiting for me. My doctor thought I was having a heart attack. I called my Mom and Sister and Cindy came right over. By the time she got there, they had me hooked up to two different machines and were in the process of drawing blood. (I swear they took half my blood.) She had a few errands to run and both the nurses and myself told her to go ahead, it would be a while before they knew anything. After the blood draw, I got to go to X-Ray and get pictures of my chest and shoulders and all that fun stuff. Then they put me back in my room in the ER. Fortunately, they had the Disney Channel on, so I watched cartoons for about half an hour.
Eventually, the ER Doctor came in. He said all my tests were clear. No enzymes to show anything happened with my heart, blood pressure was normal, no infections or diseases were found in my blood, nothing out of the ordinary. Okay, so what happened? The ER Doctor asked where the most pain was and started to push on the area. It hurt, so I said oww! He smiled and said it wasn’t a heart attack, it was just separation of the cartilage between the breastbone and the ribs. It would take 6 to 8 weeks to heal. No heavy lifting and try not to cough cause it could start everything all over again. Cindy got back just as he was releasing me, with the instructions to see my Dr. within a week.
So, okay. Cartilage separation. I can live with that. The next Thursday I went back to my Doctor. He asked when I was released. I told him Thursday. He said no, not when I was admitted, when was I released. I said Thursday. I told him everything the ER Doctor told me and I have to say, I have never seen my Doctor get so mad so fast, ever. So he sent me to a cardiologist who looked everything over and said that while he didn’t see any signs of a heart attack, and that my heart looked good and sounded fine and that my lungs, all things considered, were good, he wanted to take a better look. So, Next Thursday, Aug. 13, I, and my driver Cindy, leave here at 5 in the morning and go to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs for a cardiac CT. Once again, I get my blood filled with all sorts of chemicals so the Techs and the Doctor can watch my circulatory system work. Oh joy.