Friday, January 6, 2012

In the hospital

I'm writing today from Rick's laptop from my hospital bed.  Its been a rocky past 24 hours.  I was admitted to the hospital from the emergency room last night with that pesky chest pain not wanting to let go of me.  I've felt like I had an elephant sitting on my chest on and off this past week.  Last night he was taking up permanent residence.  The admitting doctor was thorough.  He prepared me for staying several days.  He ran every conceivable test and even had a specialized radiology tech come in to do a VQ scan of my lungs. They hooked up a heart monitor, they accessed my port, and put in a peripheral iv.  I had a chest X-ray, an EKG, an ultrasound of my legs.  I passed... every test, I passed.  We finished the last of my tests at 2:30 am and they woke me at 6 for more blood work.

When my nurse came in this morning he had me set a goal.  Why not shoot  for the moon I thought to myself?   So I smiled at him and said "how about going home today?"  He smiled back and said, well we can put that down and see what happens, but your admitting doc doesn't think so..."

But I know Dr. Panwalkar.   I knew he was coming to see me and I knew I stood half a chance with him.

I actually stood better than half a chance.  Later today Dr. P is allowing me to go home!  Just like that- goal accomplished.  I will get some stronger meds for gi distress which is what they think is causing the chest pain.  So I am enjoying the view- I have a room with a big window looking out on a glorious sunny day and am finally able to take a deep breath.  I will update more later!

26 comments:

  1. I hope Dr. P. gets you feeling like that elephant is off your chest and resting in the comfort of your home soon!

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  2. Vicky I will be thinking of you this weekend and will miss your smiling face.
    I am so sorry this is happening, yet so thankful it's nothing invasive causing it.
    Rest up this weekend and enjoy a Colton-filled weekend.

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  3. Dear Vicky,

    I think about you and will pray for you (and you know I dont pray so much ;-)). I hope you will be fine soon and can go home to your family.

    Bussal
    Mimi

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  4. Oh, vicky, my heart skipped a beat as I read the title of your post. I am so sorry for the stress of all the testing and most likely lack of any rest. But, am thankful that you are going home today, that you are seeing LIGHT out your window. you have been on my mind and in my prayers often these last few days. Continuing to pray for strength and healing for you.

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  5. So happy for you, Vicky that they seem to have found the cause of that elephant sitting on your chest! I'm sure it feels wonderful to be able to take a deep breath again! Thoughts and prayers are with you as always! Enjoy that view as you await your discharge!

    Hugs! Eileen

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  6. I'm sorry you had a tough night but so glad you are doing better! Of all the days I might have run into you but I'm not working today! Rest up and hopefully enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend~

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  7. i'm thanking God that you have caring and thorough medical professionals, and i will also pray for peace of heart for rick and the boys. enjoy the view for now and the couch at home later!

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  8. So glad to hear that you will be going home today! I'll be in town this weekend if you need some help running Colton around or just want some company!
    Love ya!!

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  9. Thinking of you and yours ... praying.

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  10. Vicky, know that you are in my prayers.

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  11. Saying a prayer and thankful you are getting to go home. We recover so much better at there.

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  12. Smiling that you are OK and that you passed all those tests! Smiling bigger that you get to go home! I was trying not to be too concerned after your last post.

    Be well and rest! Sending you peace!

    xoTiffany

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  13. So sorry to hear of all the discomfort, worry, testing, etc. etc. What good news that the tests did not show any problems with your heart or lungs.

    (I was admitted one to hospital with terrible chest, arm and jaw pain - and it was also determined after much testing that it was a stomach problem. But I do remember the pain and the concern!)

    Get lots of rest dear Vicky. So glad you will be home to do it!

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  14. So glad you got to go home. Hope it never happens again. Will continue to keep you in our prayers.

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  15. I read the title, and my heart skipped a beat.
    I am thankful that you are going home, Vicky....and even more thankful that the tests were run and that the doctor has ruled out pulmonary and/or heart problems. I know that you are relived on many levels this evening.
    Thank you for updating us; you are a very thoughtful lady.
    I hug you and am looking forward to your seeing the light from your window at home....soon.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  16. Vicky - I have had GI distress with chest pain for almost a year now.. it's very annoying, makes you wonder if you're having a heart attack. I hope you find relief, and then please tell me what actually worked so I can try it :-)

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  17. Well GI can be quite scary if it doesn't go away.
    I guess with everything going on in your body right now you have to pay attention to your food intake, see what works for you.
    More of what you don't need.
    Maybe if you went out and walked it would have helped Who knows.

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  18. Oh Vicky I so hope you get home and leave that elephant behind....I have been catching up on your posts. Light is a great word for the New Year, surprising how the word finds us. And the scrapbook your friend made is beautiful. Your header picture is stunning. I pray you are feeling better by the time you read this. hugs to you.

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  19. How scary Vicky, can't believe your tests ended at 2:30 am. Hope you are resting well tonight.

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  20. Oh Vicky, I hope by now you are home and feeling mUCH better. Sending you a virtual hug, cause a real one might HURT:( XO, Pinky

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  21. Hoping you came home. Sending loving and healing energy your way and praying for you.

    xoxo

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  22. Well, my mind was a roller coaster reading this as I thought, "oh, no, oh, no" when I read you were in the hospital, and then "oh, good, oh, good" as I read about the testing and maybe going home today. I hope you are home and resting well right now!

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  23. Vicky, I missed this yesterday. With no laptop I feel a bit crippled. But am happy to be all caught up now and relieved things are looking up!

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  24. i adore elephants, but not when they are sitting on my friend vicky's chest! sorry for the hospital stay, the chest pain and pressure, and the many tests. so glad you got to go home quickly.

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  25. Am on a trip with Jamie for our 25th but stopped in to FB and saw your post. Headed over here immediately and am so sorry to hear of your ordeal but glad for good reports. Dear Vicky....I don't want one more thing for you to have to deal with and I am frustrated FOR you! I don't begin to have your grace and equanimity. But, as usual, I leave here feeling blessed by you. Prayers continue, dearest Vicky.

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  26. Praying for all those glorious sunny days for you always...

    You bring sunshine to us!

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