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Only in San Francisco

Yesterday morning I was feeling a little stranger than usual. Most people know I take an SSRI for anxiety (runs in the family), and it does a good job, but for some reason I had a massive panic attack that didn't seem to be subsiding. That and a little twinge of pain in my chest prompted me to ask Steve (rootbeer1) to drive me to the ER. I figured maybe my blood pressure meds needed adjusting or something.

Well, when you go to the emergency room and say you're feeling dizzy and weak and have any kind of chest pain, they usher you right in, wire you up and start the EKG. Normal, as it always has been, but they wanted to check the blood proteins over a few hours, so I was there for a while. Plus, just to make double-sure, my ER doc (named after a famous Viking explorer) called in a cardiologist (named after a famous soup) to reassure me. And to make triple-sure, the cardiologist ordered a stress test and 3D heart imaging, which meant I was going to be there all day and have to come back the next.

I have to say, the staff at Davies are wonderful--straightforward, reassuring, funny, and so very nice. One of the funniest events of the day was when I was just lying on the gurney waiting for the next blood test, and my nurse came in and offered to get me some more magazines.

"Yes, please-these weren't too old, compared to the ones in radiology," I replied.

"Oh, we try to bring them in from home to supplement the ones here," Nurse Mary replied. "The other day, I was with an elderly woman patient and she was reading one of the magazines.
'Excuse me,' she asked, 'exactly what kind of magazine is this?' She was reading a copy of OUT Adventures.
'It's a gay travel magazine,' I said.
'Oh, that explains all the nearly naked young men in swimming trunks,' the patient replied.
'Would you like me to get you something else?'
'Oh no, I'm enjoying it!!' "

I was just filled with affection for this City.

BTW, I had the rest of the stress test this morning and everything is perfectly normal--with my heart, anyway. So I'm going to work on the anxiety some more, and Steve and I are trying to eat a whole lot healthier and get to the gym more.

Nothing like middle age for waking you up to good health habits!


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Apr. 17th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)

A potentially bad situation handled well and even adorned with some humor and goodwill.


I'd love that city, too.
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Well, sometimes you just gotta laugh...
Apr. 17th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear things are OK, handsome.
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
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Apr. 19th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
Thanks---actually, it's good to know. I tend to obsess over things....
Apr. 17th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yes- overweight, a certain age and complaining of chest pains gets you past the triage murse very quickly. Suddenly- naked and hooked up to blinky things. Happened to me right after my 50th birthday. Spent the night at Parnassus. Glad you're OK!
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks. One of the proteins was a little high, and they said if it continued to climb they would keep me overnight. But the next reading it was 0.0, so they let me go.

Interestingly enough, the cardiologist (a fit young woman) told me that obesity wasn't really a big risk factor--my high blood pressure was more significant. Which is why I'm sticking to the meds for that, but we're dieting anyway, because I'm sure it can't hurt and will help the BP stay down.

Apr. 17th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Which one are you taking? I'm on Effexor XR 150mg. Something my doctor told me was to eat foods that help the seratonin levels. Salmon and other fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseed oils. Stuff that helps to boost the Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins D & B6. And chocolate. *g*
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I've been taking Paxil for about 3 years.

Steve made salmon for dinner tonight!

Edited at 2008-04-19 03:06 am (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Glad to know that everything is okay. You certainly have many people in your corner, deservedly so. I'm working on that anxiety thing too.

Apr. 19th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Thanks. There sure is a lot of it going around, especially amongst us sensitive, artistic types...:-)
Apr. 18th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
Glad you are ok!
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
Thanks babe...fit as a fiddle. Went to the gym this afternoon, even--
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad your heart is perfectly normal!
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I really kind of want to see the 3-D movies of my beating heart, in a macabre sort of way....

It's normal, but tender, so treat it with care....
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Apr. 20th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Thanks Mark---I plan to be here as long as possible---so much to do!!
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
First of all, GLAD you're ok, Jack. And yes, isn't Davies wonderful....great facility and great bunch of folks. Grateful we're so close to such a fine hospital.
Apr. 20th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks Regi---yes, it's very comforting knowing it's so close. I was really impressed when Steve had his physical therapy there, too.
Apr. 19th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're doing well; and yeah, that was a very cute story. I love your city too! ;)
Apr. 20th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
Thanks--you should visit more often!!!
Apr. 20th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
I make it in once-a-month now. :)
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