That's me all blurry on the stretcher there, just about two hours ago.
I was just sitting here minding my own business, uploading vacation photos when a wave of intense dizziness hit me and I nearly fell out of the chair. I stood up, walked around, drank some water and figured it was just a passing phase. A minute later, another round of dizziness and shortness of breath hit.
I've had panic attacks before as most of you know, but nothing ever like this. This was more than some general floating anxiety. I literally couldn't breathe right. When I have anxiety attacks, I know that the feeling that I can't breathe is all in my head and I can usually stop it. This was something else entirely. I thought I was going to die before anyone could do anything to help me. I'm talking life-passing-in-front-of-your-eyes moment. Which, of course, made me panic, making the not breathing thing even worse.
My daughter just kept getting my water, not knowing what else to do. My son just stood there wide-eyed and panicky. I told my husband to call my mother (I don't know why) and then I told him to call an ambulance - which let him know how serious it was. I've never in all my shortness of breath moments ever asked for helpe from anyone, let alone paramedics.
So the ambulance came, the neighbors all gathered in front of my house, being nosy and curious and wondering what the hell was going on and there's five men in my house, all of whom know my father through the fire department, and I realize that I'm not wearing a bra. After they shoved an IV in my arm and took my blood pressure and attached all kinds of electrode things to me, I excused myself to run into the bathroom and put a bra on. Which is a difficult thing to do when you have wires and whatnot sticking out from every spot on your abdomen.
They had to use the stretcher, even though I pleaded with them not to, and all the neighbors gawked and whispered while they packed me in and turned the siren on. Wooowooooo!
Anyhow, bottom line is, I'm pretty healthy. The EKG came back normal, blood pressure normal, blood work normal. However, I've been directed to cut my caffeine, drink lots of water, stay out of the heat for a few days, see my doctor about my insomnia (I actually had to sign a paper saying I would do this), get some rest, chill out, calm down, etc., etc. Easier said than done.
I still feel a little lightheaded right now and I know I'm exhausted (yet not tired, if you know what I mean). It's good to know I have a good ticker and all and that it wasn't any of the weird things that went through my mind (bitten by a strange bug upstate, poisoned by the government, controlled by aliens, simultaneous sudden onset of every disease known to mankind, gamma rays, though I don't know if they tested for gamma rays or poison) and I'm just going to try to "chill out" as the doctor prescribed by looking at my vacation photos and shouting SERENITY NOW!