Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Little Set Back

As I mentioned in my last short post, I had a meltdown at work on Monday the 5th. An unusual amount of stress and not feeling quite myself caused me to have this little episode, but my co-workers and supervisors at the main office were all very helpful and understanding, and Tuesday went very well. I thought it was all over. Wrong. Wednesday, the 7th, the morning was even more stressful, and I felt physically worse. Co-worker helped me monitor my blood pressure and it was steadily inching up. By lunchtime I was feeling pretty poorly, and couldn't figure out why my left arm felt so weird. I kept wondering what I had lifted that was so heavy that my arm felt overtired. When I got back from lunch, Co-worker took my blood pressure again and it was alarming. We called SR to come get me and take me to the Heart Hospital in LR, because that is where Nurse Practitioner wanted me to go and I refused to go via ambulance. By the time SR arrived, I could barely walk I was so out of it.

The Heart Hospital staff was very kind and attentive and I didn't have to wait at all. To make a long story a little shorter, even though I wasn't given a diagnosis in so many words, I've come to learn that yes, my blood pressure was up, and my thyroid levels were way too high, but no, I didn't have a heart attack. (I really didn't think I was having one to be honest.) I'm now on a higher dose of thyroid med, a blood pressure med, and am at home resting. I've been ordered to stay home until Tuesday. Longer if I still don't feel well enough to work.

I am having a bit of trouble not fretting about all the work I will have to catch up on when I return. The sweet co-worker who helped me resigned, and a new nurse was hired while I have been out. I've never met her, so I am a little apprehensive about Tuesday. I'm trying not to worry about it, but when you don't feel like doing much of anything but laying around, the mind is hard to turn off.

I'll keep you all posted.


Les said...

I am so sorry to hear about this! I'll be praying that the medicine you're taking will help you feel better and your job becomes less stressful.

LC said...

Yikes! I'm sorry that you were feeling so poorly. I too have high blood pressure...I know...I'm too young... Anyway, it's hard to turn your mind off unless you keep busy. Just know that God will take care of you and that he's looking out for you. I'm glad you went and had things checked out rather than ignoring the signs! We'll be praying for you!

Michelle said...

well, this was alarming!!! Hope the changes in meds help!!!