This past week has been quite an experience for me. It started out with severe chest pains and some problems breathing. And it ended in me accumulating a huge medical bill. And yet, I still can’t tell you what is wrong with me.
The chest pains were intermittent and I called them episodes because they lasted about 35 minutes and then I just had a slight lingering pain. It was alarming because my younger brother has had high blood pressure right out of high school and in his 30’s he’s had some scary stuff go on with his heart. And basically my mom and her whole side of the family have heart problems.
So by Wednesday, after having episodes at least daily, I decided to have it looked at. I went to an urgent care to have an EKG done, except that didn’t go according to plan. The doctor, with no other patients in the building, decided he needed to call a squad. I wasn’t in any pain at the time, but he didn’t want the liability and off to the hospital I went.
And in the hospital I landed. They treated me with the urgency as if I was suffering a heart attack right then and there. I was rather relieved as the tests kept coming back negative. I was there 23 hours and 15 minutes, and conclusively, they ruled out that I did NOT have any heart problems.
The problem with this is that at 22 hour mark of being in the hospital, I had another episode…another attack. It lasted about 35 minutes. And when the doctor came in and announced it was not my heart and I get to go home, I was in the midst of this attack.
Unfortunately for me, the hospital doesn’t really care, once they figure out it is not your heart, how much pain you are in, they will do what it takes to get you out of their hospital before the 24 hour mark. See once you hit the 24 hour mark, they have to admit you. And this means the insurance company picks up the ER tab in full. And if they release you before 24 hours then you get to pay your portion.
I can honestly say, I’ve LOST all faith in the medical system. Because at 23 hours and 15 minutes into my stay, they walked me out the front door. The pain was subsiding by then, but not completely gone. I had no answers and I felt like no one really cared. These attacks are scary, I feel like my life is on the line each time I have one. I don’t know why I am all of a sudden getting them, because I’ve never had them before Friday May 27th. And I’ve had at least one every day since the first one.
I was told to go to my primary doctor and have her figure it out. But that will cost me more money…and well…that seems to be in rather short supply in this economy, and will be a lot shorter when I get that great big ER bill. In the meantime, I continue to have these episodes, only now I feel more hopeless because I don’t know what to do for them and it seems the medical professionals have led me to believe that it doesn’t matter what I go through as long as it is not my heart.
Not reassuring in the least.
Well…I changed my commenting system on my blog here. After all the reports of people being unable to log into blogger and comment, I was looking for a way to fix the problem. And then I went to my twin’s blog and seen she had changed her commenting system over to Disqus.
I liked it immediately. It was super easy to use, with various ways to log in. The best thing I like about it? Is that I get to reply to each individual comment, like we did in the Myspace Days! This is a feature that I loved about MS and that I’m glad Disqus offers in their commenting format.
The only real downside is that when I implemented Disqus on this blog, all the previous comments disappeared, but they can still be located in the “Comment” tab across the top. So, in a small way, I have to start over with the commenting. .
However, so far, it works like a beauty and I’m so glad I FOUND it!!
So in a week, I lost faith and I found Disqus, How’s that for my take on Lost and Found??
Hope you all are having a great week!!