Sunday, September 3, 2017

Almost Deja Vu All over Again



Almost a year ago I was jolting down our road in the back of an ambulance. In the wee hours of Saturday morning, there I was again -- only this time I got to sit up front.

John has been suffering from a persistent cough which comes and goes. Just when he would almost make up his mind to see the doctor, he'd wake up feeling fine -- and decide a trip to the clinic wasn't necessary.

Friday night we had friends over and Justin and Claui and some of their friends were here too. Late in the evening, after the young uns had gone home, we were sitting and chatting about lawn mowers and whether John should see a doctor as our friend Bob suggested should be a priority. Three of us were in favor of this plan; John was non-committal.)

In the midst of the discussion, John had a severe coughing attack -- so severe that he seemed to choke and then he passed out, falling from his chair to the floor. 

It was a very scary moment but almost at once, John came to. Bob was monitoring his pulse and after a few minutes told me to call 911. When the EMS arrived, they said that John had Atrial Fibrillation . . .

Hence the ride to the hospital. In the Emergency Room, we learned that he also has pneumonia. They at once gave him antibiotics and a medicine to slow his racing heart.

So he's in for a few days observation, hooked up to monitors and having all sorts of tests. He's feeling good and knows that he's where he needs to be. He's also a little chagrined at having given our friend Bob I told you so fodder for a lifetime.

I had to laugh when the young man who came to talk about John's eventual discharge asked if he used a cane or a walker. around the house.

"This man was mowing and weed-eating acres of hilly land day before yesterday," I told the fella. "Half a day with a walk-behind mower. No cane."

Joyous Update: I got a call at 8 this morning. He's being discharged at noon!





12 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

What a scare! All the best.

KarenB said...

Oh dear, poor John! I hope he's feeling better quickly and that they get the atrial fibrillation under control.

Vicki Lane said...

Just gat a call -- he's being discharged at noon! Hooray!

Susan said...

Whew!! So glad for gentle nagging and 911!

Barbara Rogers said...

Oh my, you sure have a fella with a strong will, and now a heart that needs more attention. Glad he's on the mend, and probably needing lots of TLC for the next little while. Having myself had recurring bouts with pneumonia, they are surprising in how the recuperation takes nothing but Time! I hope John will take it easy and let his body heal. Feeling ok in a couple of weeks doesn't mean it's time to go back to his pre-Pneu schedule. Baby steps, please. OK, that's my heart felt advice for today.

Bernie said...

Wow, bringing back memories just not the good ones. So happy John is home today, nothing better in this world than being together. Feel better soon John, xx

Sandra Parshall said...

So glad he's better. AFib can be controlled with meds, and it shouldn't interfere much with normal life. Good thoughts and wishes headed his way.

Linda Mc said...

So glad John is coming home and was diagnosed as far as the cough was concerned. Ken and I were most impressed three weeks ago when a friend visiting from Birmingham awoke with chest pains and we ended up at Mission. They diagnosed his problem quickly and correctly, heart flutters, gave him meds, observed him for two days and sent him to us and eventually home with a complete cure for now. So grateful for good medical care up here in the mountains. Happy for you and John!

Carol Crump Bryner said...

Such a scare! And definitely a kind of deja vu. It's good that he can now come home, which is the best place to get better.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thank goodness he finally got the much-needed medical attention. For whatever reason, as we age we tend to dismiss important signs of illness until it reaches crisis state. Glad he is coming home and will be on the mend. Now...if he will just slow down and get the rest he needs to heal...

Stella Jones said...

Take it as a warning and slow down a bit both of you. So glad he's coming home.

koi seo said...

So happy John is home today, nothing better in this world than being together. Feel better soon John, xx


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