Time to take it a little easier and appreciate!
After a fantastic workout with Lisa, I felt spent! I was a little dizzy and felt kind of bloated before she came over, I even called her house and told her maybe we shouldn’t workout but she was already on her way!
I pushed through it and Sue came later. We had a really nice girls’ night visit!
But something wasn’t right.
I felt increasingly dizzy. I drank a ton of water but it just sat in my stomach. I started to get a headache and got nauseous. The dizziness got worse. I was pacing because I was feeling like something was really wrong. My fingers started to tingle. The headache got worse. I went online to look at the symptoms of a heart attack. Yep, I had most of them. I called a friend that’s a nurse. He suggested I look at the instruction leaflet with my new blood pressure meds. I could barely read it. He then suggested I call my pharmacist. She wasn’t very helpful but told me to call Telehealth. I did that. After chatting with an RN for a little bit, the dizziness and headache got worse and I was getting confused. She called 911. An ambulance showed up at my door! I hated leaving my dog behind but I knew I needed medical attention. I thought I was having a stroke or heart attack!
Once inside the ambulance, the team immediately assessed my symptoms then called ahead to hospitals to see where I could go. They said I was in luck that one of the urgent care centres had no waiting! We were off to University.
Once there, they immediately put me on heart sensors. The doc checked me over, they took some blood and although my pressure was high, it wasn’t insane. The doc said people walk around with that blood pressure and are fine. He was puzzled. I explained that I felt like maybe I was dehydrated because my new meds had a diuretic component. When my blood tests came back, he said my sodium was dangerously, almost toxicly, low and that I needed to stay in hospital for treatment. They started an IV drip right away.
I had to stay in emerg all night, then all the next day. I got my blood taken every four hours, 24-7.
As I began to feel better, apparently I wasn’t back to a healthy level of sodium yet.
I had to stay one more night but they found me a bed in a room!
In the meantime, the most wonderful network of friends and neighbours came together to take care of my dog Lola. I was very worried about how she would get out to pee, get fed, etc, and all my friends took a turn at taking care of her. So while I was in hospital getting better, my extended family was taking care of my girl. I am SO grateful to have such wonderful and caring people in my life. Each and every one of them. Some came to visit and brought me stuff to read, brought me a change of clothes, phone charger, stuff from home, and eventually drove me home.
Today, Saturday, I’m finally back!
The doc said I ended up being hypnotremic or sodium deficient because of a combination of taking a diuretic (the blood pressure meds) and overhydrating. In other words, I can drink water but I also need to drink something else that replenishes electrolytes in my body, even though I’ve been taken off the previous blood pressure medicine. They made it clear before I was released, not TOO much water… ever!
So now this weekend I’m going to walk my dog a lot and appreciate her, but I also owe everyone who reached out and lended a hand a huge thank you! We are SO lucky to have such giving, compassionate people in our lives!
THANK YOU! ALL OF YOU!!!
Of course Lisa feels terrible and partly responsible for my episode because she feels like she forced me through what turned out to be my dehydration! How was she to know??? I didn’t even know, I thought the dizziness was just a side effect of the medication!!!
So strict orders from her to not workout AT ALL this weekend, she said next week too but I think we can negotiate that later 🙂
So time for relaxation just in time for some nice weather!
Hey and I have an interview on Tuesday as a part-time caregiver for a woman with CP (Cerebral Palsy)! Sounds kind of fun so we shall see. And I have an appointment with my GP on Thursday to adjust my meds!
So a little training break to smell the roses!
Because I’m feeling all mushy and emotional, this song came to mind. I’m not a huge Celine Dion fan but I AM a big fan of the movie Up Close and Personal with Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer which this song was from…
WARNING: Very mushy!