Yes, I was in the ER, and yes, I'm home (and obviously alive). For those of you with short attention spans, skip the rest :P
Yesterday just before lunch I started to feel a bit "off". Kinda dizzy, but I had been for a couple days and wrote it off as serotonin withdrawal since I stopped my last antidepressant a week and a half ago. I decided I'd go to lunch so I'd be sitting if something happened... when I stood up from the cafeteria table I almost swooned, and kept trying to power through whatever weirdness my body was throwing at me. I started to breathe really fast because I couldn't take deep enough breaths to feel like I was getting enough oxygen. I was working at the die press when I realized it was getting worse, not better, and I tried calling my doctor's office. After waiting more than 5 minutes on the phone I decided to go to the ER since that's probably what they would tell me to do anyway.
For the first time, I was seen IMMEDIATELY to a room at the ER and was put on a cardiac monitor. I was essentially panting, and it even scared my hubby enough to stay with me for 1/2 hour or so before returning to work. They were worried I had a pulmunary embolism and did some blood tests and X-Rays to see if they could rule it out, but they were uncertain so I had a CT Scan. Thankfully, it proved normal so they were able to rule out a PE but I was told I needed to stay overnight for observation and so I could be seen by the Cardiology team this morning. I had initially gone in thinking maybe it was anaphalaxis from allergies or some such and this totally threw me.
I had a looonnnggg wait fasting, and finally saw the docs shortly after noon. They are convinced I had an irregular heart rhythm and have set me up with a heart monitor that I have to wear for the next month (except when bathing). They were also concerned about hte rash I had on my legs, that I begged dermatology to get me in for a followup ASAP for over a month ago, and the infectious disease doc says it's another MRSA infection... so I'm going on antibiotics too. Plus I get to keep my "ASAP" derm appt that's still scheduled for 4/24.
With any luck, this is just a rule-out case and there's nothing wrong enough with my heart to warrant further studies like a cathetered angiogram or whatnot.
*goes back to eating everything in sight cuz my brain feels deprived*
yes, I said deprived, not depraved. that was last week.