I just want to share an interesting part of my life. Last year during the summer, I had leg pain that persisted, but I seem to have a high tolerance for pain so I ignored it and it went away within a week. A few weeks later, my grandmother passed away and we had to take a long car ride to her funeral and back. The night we got back I had a terrible pain in my chest. I went to the Dr and he took x-rays, bloodwork and an ultrasound to check my gall bladder. (Mind you, this pain was in my CHEST!) I didn't sleep well that night at all with constant pain. The dr said he would call with results that morning. We waited and waited until finally he called that afternoon and said all was normal. I was sooo upset! I knew there was something wrong, and the pain was only getting worse. It got to where I could only breathe sitting up and that's when my husband took me to the ER. They had to retake x-rays and bloodwork because they didn't have access to the results, and take a CT scan of my abdomen. They were still worried about that gall bladder! They gave me IV pain meds (what a relief) while we waited on the results. Finally the Dr. said that they saw I had a collapsed lung and that I have pneumonia. (I remember thinking that no wonder people died of pneumonia! It's sooo painful!) He sent me home with pain meds and antibiotics. I finally slept well because of the IV pain meds, but the next morning the hospital called. They said that the radiologists review all the cases of the night before and they found that I might have a clot in my lung and it can be a very serious (even fatal!) condition. Then he asked me to come back immediately to confirm the diagnosis by doing a CT scan of my CHEST. So we immediately left for the hospital. The new Dr I saw that time was very helpful. She got me in and they did their stuff immediately. They did indeed find a clot in my lung and I had to be admitted into the hospital for shots of heparin and bed rest. We asked her to thank the Dr that had suspected the PE, because he literally saved my life. They told me that had I not been properly diagnosed in time, I wouldn't have survived. It took them 4 days to diagnose, and I'm told that when people get a PE they drop dead. I am a survivor! :o) I treat each day as a gift and a second chance at life! I am truly blessed with every passing day. And I'm so glad I didn't have to leave my husband and to girls. Thanks for letting me share.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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