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01:13 am: A Trip to the ER

After my last post, I skimmed my flist (which was shorter than I expected -- I'm sort of hoping that again now), did the solitaire, and did some things around the house. At 1:06am, when I was almost in bed, I took my BP and it was 83/44 and then 84/43. I thought about whether I should call the Advice nurse or not, because they would almost certainly send me to the ER. On the other hand, I think that's considered too low a blood pressure. I called her and got dressed before I called EMT. They and the hospital staff were very nice, but they clearly thought something was wrong with the BP monitor. I've checked it several times with the electronic and manual BPs at the clinic, so I don't think it's that. All the later BPs were my normal. The diagnosis was "worried well" and my EKG was abnormal but exactly like the one on 3/1/09, when they couldn't diagnose my stroke. I called a cab to bring me home and then realized I needed to eat and have the rehydration fluid, which I did.

I sent email to the new primary doctor to tell her what happened, the labs (they're for a specialist), and asked her to let me know if I should do something. The nurse woke me up Friday morning and asked me if I thought I was okay and I told her yes. I didn't try to read when I got home -- I'd been up 26 hours -- so I slept at 7am and got up today at 5:30am. I can't really make up for that food and rehydration, but have had both today, including using a coupon at Ruby Tuesday.

I brought in the mail and went through that -- Oriental Trading is all Halloween, amazing what people want for that -- and then moved over here. I'd planned to get to this post earlier, but Charlie's blog has expanded more than usual over two days. I still have a lot of pain and have been using narcotics in a schedule that let me go out to lunch.

We have one of those local "newspapers" where there's a tiny article and then a large ad and one of the articles was about the county fair where the Republicans had a booth (and not the Democrats, because that would be worthless here), the Gideons gave bibles away, and an on-site ice cream maker uses a 1920s auto engine to churn the ice cream.

Our local airport (largest regional airport in VA) gave the local economy $234.6 million in the last year. That's pretty good.

The DC government gave $300,000 to a non-profit that said they'd use it to make a job-training place for people with HIV/AIDs, but it turns out they made a nude stripper club with it instead. The city is suing the non-profit.

An Oklahoma State Representative who also writes is getting a lot of anger because in her newest book, she says homosexuals are a bigger threat than terrorists.

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From:siriosa
Date:September 11th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)

you did the right thing

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call the advice nurse, call in the EMTs. would've been awesome if the EMT had taken your BP right there: maybe save you a trip to ER.

but it's all good. what a lot of excitement you have in your quiet life.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 11th, 2011 06:25 am (UTC)

Re: you did the right thing

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There are a lot of things I'd like to have quiet, too! Thanks. :)
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From:ritaxis
Date:September 11th, 2011 07:52 am (UTC)
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Another mystery! I'm glad you're okay.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 11th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:dd_b
Date:September 11th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Please keep on scaring me like this.

Well, or I'd settle for this kind of mysterious event stopping happening to you, but I believe we don't currently know how to get there.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 12th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
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LOL Well, I don't do it on purpose. I have had a couple other things so I'll have to make an appointment to see the neurologist. But I went to bed at 9am on Sunday and woke up today at 10am. I stayed in bed until noon, just so I can try to go back to a normal rhythm instead of about 24 hours awake and about 24 hours asleep.
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