Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Heart Attack Waiting To Happen


So, my week started out with a bang.

After getting short of breath and suffering from chest pains, I decided....

1) I had indigestion, so I popped a prilosec.
2) I was suffering from anxiety due to my self-imposed 30,000 word deadline for March.
3) I was having a heart attack.

Normally, I'm the sort to totally ignore all physical symptoms until an emergency situation arises (death would constitute an emergency situation). However, on the off-chance that I was actually having a heart attack, I decided to go the emergency room Monday morning. First, I downloaded a book on my Kindle, figuring I would be waiting a while. (What? There's no rule that says you can't read a romance in the emergency room while having heart failure). They slapped the EKG doo-dads on me, and....huge sigh of relief....my ticker was doing just fine. I fist pumped into the air and yelled, "Well, all right. I was just being paranoid!" Then they told me one of my blood tests was weird, and I had to stay for chest x-rays, a CAT scan, a stress test, etc. Needless to say, four hours later I went home with my husband who figured out I've been getting exercise-induced asthma, so he gave me an inhaler. It worked great!

So, the good news is....my heart is healthy. And, I got to read a really funny book on my Kindle.

On Monday night, my son asked me if I'd been bummed as I pondered my mortality in the hospital, thinking that I would never finish my book. I told him, truthfully, that it never crossed my mind. I was thinking about my kids and my husband and how much I love them and need to focus on being healthy for their sake. My son got teary eyed and hugged me. My husband got teary eyed and hugged me. My daughter asked if she should eat the pink candy or the yellow candy.

Today I ate some spinach and went for a power walk. I'm feeling better already.

All my best,
Penelope

20 comments:

Fiction Vixen said...

"There's no rule that says you can't read a romance in the emergency room while having heart failure"

Thank goodness!!

I'm glad you're ok Penny and glad you got to read your funny book. :) Enjoy your spinach and power walks. xoxo

Julie at Outlandish Dreaming said...

You poor thing! I'm glad you're okay, but that's no fun to have to go through all of that just to find out you're okay! I have adult asthma (oh the joy of turning 40!) but hate the inhaler, I take a little peach colored pill every morning and I'm fine!

I'm with you, I would have had my itouch with the kindle app in hand. Hospitals are the best places for romance novels if you ask me!

Mary said...

So happy your heart is ok!!!

Which book did you read???

Dalton Diaz said...

Scary, scary stuff. I'm so glad you're ok.
The burger obsession doesn't have to end, either. Spinach burgers, my friend. I can make them taste good, I swear.

Victoria Morgan said...

It's nice to know you can find the humor in such scary situations. But - don't forget, if you don't have time to download the romance, you can still grab that book off your bookshelf! Your daughter is a pistol. The comment about the candy cracked me up in the midst of a touching family moment. Nothing beats comic relief.

Penelope said...

Hi FV! Spinach is on the "superfoods" diet so I guess I'll be eating it a lot!

Hi Julie...last time I went to the ER, I had to wait forever, and I was wishing I had a book. This time I uttered "chest pain" and they whisked me into a room in seconds. But then I had to wait for all of my test results, so I was happy I snuck my Kindle in!

Hi Mary! I read Arranged Marriage by Sarah Jane Osborne....really funny romantic comedy.

Dalton...please don't make me eat a spinach burger. That sounds like cruel and inhumane punishment.

Hi Vick!-- Yes, Natalie is sort of on her own wavelength, but that's part of her charm!

Mandi said...

Well damn! I'm glad you are ok!! Thank goodness for romance books! :)

No, seriously..I'm glad all is good...keep eating spinach ;)

Penelope said...

Hi Mandi...thanks! Luckily, I really like spinach. Unfortunately, I also really like greasy cheeseburgers, but they are now on the naughty list.

Carolyn Crane said...

So glad you're okay! And good for you for going to get it checked out.

Oh, your family sounds so wonderful.

Bex said...

Penny, I am so glad to hear that all is well in the end. I have found that a good book helps contain the anxiety when faced with a health scare, so I am glad you had such a good 'friend' with you on your trip to the ER. It's only when you're stuck without a book that you realize what great medicine a good read can bring while you wait! And it's even better when you get news of a clean bill of health. Take good care of you!!

Penelope said...

Hi Carolyn! My family is wonderful...I am very blessed. And Natty, my daughter, is always good for the comic relief.

Hi Bex! It was a good wake-up call for me. Now I have to balance diet, exercise, reading and writing on a daily basis. I can do it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Thank goodness you are feeling better! *hugs*

Penelope said...

Thanks, Juju! ;)

EmilyBryan said...

Yikes, Penny! You scared me. Glad you're ok!

Penelope said...

Hi Emily....believe me, I scared myself, too! But it's all good because now I am kicking my own butt to get into better shape. I have a dream trip to Jackson Hole coming up this August, and I want to be able to hike and explore without an oxygen tank.

Michelle Picard said...

I am incredibly thankful that you were okay. Probably the kindle book cured you as you were waiting. Reading, like pets, reduces your stress level. Keep chewing that spinach Popeye.

Penelope said...

Michelle, you are a sweetheart. I think maybe you're right about the Kindle curing me. I knew my obsession with romantic fiction would come in handy some day!

Faith Bookluvr said...

How scary Penny! Glad you are OK!

Lydia Storm said...

I'm so glad you're okay!

It's amazing how much a good book can help in those situations. I re-read Gone With The Wind when I sat for days in the hospital when my mother was sick and it helped me tremendously.

So keep writing - someone in some hospital somewhere might need your story to get them through!

Penelope said...

Thanks, Faith!

You're sweet, Lydia! I love Gone With The Wind, also. One of my favorite books.