Saturday, February 7, 2009

                                                       Another night at Chandler Regional Hospital

      So  I haven't wrote in a couple of days.  On Thursday I was having a little breathing trouble during the day, coughing, and short of breath.  But it wasn't that bad until nighttime.  I was having more trouble, but I was tired so I went to lie down in bed around 10.  I couldn't fall asleep because I could not breathe.  I called Dave in the room and asked him to hook up my breathing machine for me.  I took 2 doses of albuterol via the machine, but it still wasn't working.

           I started to panic as I usually do, when this happens.  Not being able to breathe is the worst.  Finally, after sitting on the couch trying my hardest to calm down and catch my breath, I couldn't take it anymore and asked Dave to call the ambulance.  The ambulance because I have insurance, and when you can't breathe waiting in the hospital seems like eternity.  About 3 minutes later they arrived, like 5 of them.  I love paramedics. A bunch of handsome men in uniform rushing to your side, taking the best care of you.  They started a breathing treatment on me, then put me in the bed and wheeled me to the ambulance.  

     There they started my IV and I couldn't even talk I was in such bad condition.  They kept asking me questions, but I couldn't answer them.  When I got to the hospital, they pumped magnesium through my IV, followed by like 5 more breathing treatments,  and a chest X-ray.
Then lots of pain meds for my chest pain and severe headache due to the strain of breathing and the coughing.  Now this may sound weird, but I love the hospital.  There's just something about the nurses and friendly doctors,  running to your every request, and the genuine care. Like "hunny let me get you a warm blanket." " how you feeling dear? What can I get you?"  I love it. I don't like feeling sick, but I love watching the action, and feeling so cared for.  It's very comforting when your not feeling well.  It's like you know you are going to be leaving feeling a hundred times better.

         The pain meds plus it being almost 4 in the morning, and watching tv, put me to sleep, and then the doctor came in with some prescriptions, and released me.  I felt so much better.  Dave had to wake up sleeping Kayla and they came to get me.  The thing is, I've had so much trouble with this asthma and I don't get it.  I've been to the hospital several times, I've even had to stay for 2 nights there before.  I take advair, which is a preventative, plus an inhaler aas needed.  I just think Az Is so dusty, and the air quality is so bad, and I' m just so sensitive to it.  But anyway, I'm better now, and the drama is over for the time being.  

       Now it is Saturday and Dave's at school, and I'm home.  Kayla slept over one of her girlfriends houses last night, and I picked them both up and took them to the lake, and then the park.  Now they are playing here.  It is super chilly and windy for this time of year, especially since it's been so sunny lately.  I kind of like it.  I think for Valentine's weekend Dave's taking us to Christopher Creek, some cabins outside of Payson. Can't wait to get out into nature, and get away from city life, if only for the weekend. Plus Kayla's birthday's coming up, and I'm trying to plan her slumber party i'm hosting. Should be fun.  Hope everyone's doing well and having a good weekend.


Jenna Consolo said...

That IS scary! I wonder why you struggle so much with it. That really sucks for you. I'm glad you at least have insurance and could get the help you needed.

Christopher Creek is full of happy memories for me. Adam S. and I used to go there all the time to camp. Sounds fun. Can't wait to hear about Kayla's birthday party! A slumber're a brave mama!

Abby said...

Oh, goodness, Amanda! I'm so glad you're feeling better.

I mostly like going to the hospital. I just hate when they wake you up a billion times in the night. It's like grrr! Go away! But the majority of the times I've been there it's been baby related. Whether I'm giving birth or having other issues like headaches or I'm always more plugged in than I'd like. BUT..I mostly enjoy it. Seriously though..I'm not gonna lie. I rate a hospital on their menus hahaha. The one I had Calix in had cheesecake, Amanda..CHEESECAKE. And it was soooo good.

Anyway. The cabin thing sounds like a super good time. I love love love camping..and if there's an added bonus of a cabin? Shoot..I'll be there! It sounds so cozy!

You'll have to take pictures of Mikayla's party!

YogaNana said...

I'm SO glad you have insurance and can summon the ambulance and get taken care of! And I'm with you -- I also love feeling so *safe* and looked after when I'm in the hospital.

Wow, I actually remember Christopher Creek from when I was a kid.

Looking forward to the report on Mikayla's sleepover. heh heh heh.

Sarah said...

So glad that you were able to get the help you needed! I remember when Alyssa was just a toddler (I think before she was even a year old) I had to take her in to urgent care because she was having a very difficult time breathing. She's never actually been diagnosed as asthmatic, but she was put on breathing treatments even a few years after that incident. Not fun! She seems to do better now that she's a little older but occasionally she goes through nights where she has coughing fits.

I'm so glad my girls will be able to make it to Mikayla's slumber party this year! The girls were thrilled when we told them, too.