Last Saturday I posted I was in the hospital and hoping to go home soon. A lot has gone down since that. First I will be OK. A-fib is a lifetime condition and it takes a lot of people to get the magic formula for meds.
Monday a nursing assistant was walking me. I had to be able to walk with out tiring or shortness of breath before being discharged. He knew I was in trouble before I did. I was really having trouble breathing. Shortness of breath, where did that come from? After an x-ray to check for pneumonia and a cat scan to see all other possibilities, I had clots in my lungs. A Doppler scan (I want to make a bad joke about storms etc. but will control myself) was done to check clots in my legs, none. Then another cat scan of my brain (yes I have one) for bleeders from the meds. Brain OK.
I was already on a blood thinner, and then put on another one. This one is a shot into the stomach. I couldn't go home until I could give myself the shots. I put on my big girl panties and learned how quickly. Every night I thought I was going home the next day. My heart had converted and I had a normal rhythm.
Every night something new cropped up. Finally late Thursday afternoon I was discharged. We got home at 6:00. I took my blood pressure before meds and it was sky high. We called 911 and I rode in the ambulance to the nearest Kaiser. You have not lived until someone tries to start an IV on a bumpy road. That one is off my bucket list.
I was not taken to my wonderful Walnut Creek Kaiser, if was too far. I went to Kaiser Hayward. It is terrible. I found out why everyone says, do not go to Hayward. They treated me awfully, and implied I was wasting their precious time. They sent me home.
The next morning my blood pressure was even higher. I called the advice nurse, she conferred with a doctor. He said I needed to come to the Walnut Creek ED. And that is was safe for Marty to drive me, no ambulance needed. I stayed several hours. They checked everything out, got me stable again, and said it was safe to go home.
Last night BP was high but not as scary high. I just now took my BP and it is down, not enough, but not ER high levels!
I really hope all the drama is over now and I can just get on with my new life style. Thanks for all the love and prayers sent over the last week and a half.
Joe has sent me several posts about his weddings. Until I am able to do marriages he said he has it covered. Thanks Joe.