Friday, March 4, 2011

Had A Very Scary Night

Well I had an unforgettable night last night. I spent it in the Henry Mayo ER because I had to call 911 for myself. I thought I was having a heart attack. I felt bad all day yesterday. Headache, sore throat, coughing. I had my friend Linda take me to Kaiser because I need to stay well so I will be able to concentrate on Ben. The Kaiser doctor said I had the flu and gave me Tamiflu and some cough syrup with Codeine in it. Well, I had a violent reaction to the Codeine. When we got back from Kaiser, I went straight to bed after taking the new medications. I just kept feeling worse. I started throwing up and then my chest hurt with so much pain. I had never experienced anything like that before. You know that if I called 911 for myself I really had to be sick. I have never had pain like that in my life and have never felt sicker. Ambulance and paramedics showed up and rushed me to Henry Mayo and I was throwing up all the way there. Was able to call my friend Linda from the ER and she said she'd be on her way, then I called my brother Keith who lives out in Orange, CA and he rushed up here too. I have never been so scared in all my life and what with Ben being in ICU at Henry Mayo, it made everything worse. Well thank God it was not a heart attack, it was a bad reaction to the Codeine. They said all my tests were fine…EKG, blood, urine, etc.
Now my problem is…Keith has to go home sometime today and I am so weak that I can hardly move. I don't know how I'm going to take care of myself, like fixing something for me to eat, etc. I don't even really feel much like eating, but I have to get my strength back, plus I don't have much food here since Ben has been gone.
Anyway, I'm on the road to recovery (I think).


  1. Oh my oh my. Well I'm glad it wasn't a heart attack but what a scare none the less. I'm so leery of medications I rarely take anything and even suffer a head ache rather than take an aspirin or tylenol.

    Hope your strength returns quickly. Eating, at least for me, is a real problem when I'm under stress ... I don't and it doesn't help and it sounds like you are that way too.

  2. I'm so glad you called 911. I had an anxiety attack while Don was in ICU 1995 after his heart attack and I could swear I was having one too. My poor sons. I wish I was closer to help you through this difficult period. You are in my prayers. {{{hugs}}}}

  3. I came over from Patsy' goodness you have had a run of bad luck lately..I hope your Ben recovers completely..and you too! take care:)

  4. Oh, my goodness, Kay, I just read this! I'm glad I saw your latest post first, and know you are on the mend. How frightening for you; if I were not clear across the country I'd come to take care of you! You have really had more than your share of trials of late!


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