A week ago, I had my own heart scare. In the middle of a meeting, I suddenly felt hot, had a sharp pain in my chest and felt as if the room moved. Perhaps not the smartest move, I decided to sit, breathe and quietly wait for it to pass. On break, I spoke to a friend and she thought it was probably low blood sugar. So I had a glass of orange juice and returned to the meeting. When it happened a second time, I had to leave the room – it was like nothing that I had ever experienced.
It’s stress, right? Everything has FINALLY caught up to me and now that Genevieve was returning back to school and life . . . my body was taking a little extra time to adjust. My friends and co-workers all in agreement – stress, panic attack, completely normal and not unexpected.
BUT . . . better to be safe than sorry . . . maybe a trip to the ER at MGH. It was a tough choice – stress, let it pass, sit for a minute and then all would be fine or go to the hospital? I caught sight of the picture of Genevieve & Harry on my desk and thought what if? What if this is something more serious. Better to be safe – so my friend drove me to the ER.
Full work up – cardiac enzyme test, check for clotting, x-rays and more . . . another incident of dizziness and hours spent moving from one waiting area to another. After everything came back clear, it was decided that this was a rapid drop in blood pressure triggered by dehydration, exhaustion and stress.
So just relax, drink more water and less coffee . . . easier said than done. If nothing else, it was a scary reminder that I need to figure out how to take a minute for myself now and then. To find better balance. While I have not been able to implement it . . .I am thinking about it!