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Last Friday I woke up feeling like I was having a panic attack. Stabbing chest pain, pounding heart rate, trouble breathing, all that fun stuff. I pushed through work, where the techs took decent care of me between visits and the other doc made sure I was monitoring my heart rate and pulses, and after a few hours when the breathing wasn't getting any better I realized it wasn't panic.

Okay, I figured; it's probably just a bizarre manifestation of my seasonal allergies. They usually show up as coughing fits, but stuff changes sometimes and shortness of breath makes sense as an asthma/allergy sign. Once I got home I dug up my (expired) inhalers. No help. But hey, they were expired.

So I spent Monday arguing with my doctor's office trying to get them refilled ('but why do you want a refill on a medicine you aren't taking?'). I was finally able to pick them up Tuesday.... and they were still no help.

Yesterday morning I got an early appointment with the NP at my doctor's office, who insisted that I seemed fine to her. Lungs clear, even though I was having to pause for breath after every few words. Strength "normal" (note to self - having medical professionals assess for weakness by checking grip and bicep strength after 2 years of circus arts leads to skewed results). I was told to take Claritin and I'd be fine.

That night, when [ profile] umbran saw how I looked and sounded, I went to the ER. It's amazing how quickly you get triaged when you go in with chest pain and shortness of breath. And after 5 hours, 2 EKGs, chest x-rays, unsuccessful nebulizer treatments, extensive labwork, and the ultimately diagnostic low-tech test of my doctor asking me to lean forward and see if it stopped hurting, I got my diagnosis.

Pleuritis and probable pericarditis. For which the treatment is, unfortunately, 'be miserable for a while.' With a side order of 'don't do too much,' and cringeworthy doses of prednisone.

I've managed to reschedule all but one of my house calls for today, cancelled my private silks lesson, and called out from tomorrow's relief shift. I'm tucked into the sofa with a crochet project I haven't picked up in months, a stack of Astro City comics (thank you [ profile] hungrytiger!), and only a moderate sense of guilt that I'm not working on my certification program or cleaning the house or... much of anything other than breathing. And drinking. So much tea. Stupid prednisone.

At least I finally get to fulfill my wish of being a languid tragic Victorian damsel.....

Date: 2016-09-15 06:52 pm (UTC)
mermaidlady: heraldic mermaid in her vanity (Default)
From: [personal profile] mermaidlady
Good grief, Blue Roses!

Date: 2016-09-15 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awful that you went through this - glad you have a diagnosis and treatment plan. I hope you recover quickly!

Date: 2016-09-15 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That sucks... hope you recover quickly.

I bet you make an excellent languid tragic Victorian damsel!

Date: 2016-09-16 02:36 am (UTC)
ckd: two white candles on a dark background (candles)
From: [personal profile] ckd
Bleah. I hope you're feeling better soon, and can rest as guilt-free as possible until then.

Date: 2016-09-16 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yikes, and ouch. I am glad the ER people had Clue.

Date: 2016-09-17 05:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jducoeur
Oh, man -- sympathies, and thank heavens for the folks in the ER...

Date: 2016-09-19 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hope this passes soon so you can go back to being your energetic 21st century self!

Date: 2016-09-19 05:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citabria
Ye gods, I'm so glad Umbran recognized Bad when he saw it and convinced you to go to the ER! I'm even gladder that they remembered that sometimes low-tech diagnostic tests are the best.

Prednisone does, indeed, suck, but as you know it also helps with lung issues better than anything else out there. May it work quickly so you're back to healthy quickly.

Yay for breathing!!!!!!


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