I spent the night at the emergency room of my neighbourhood hospital. The hospital wasn’t far from my home and while I could have walked, I decided to take a cab. Besides it was already past midnight. The front door of the hospital was already closed when I got there so I went into the Emergency Room. I’ve been here a few times before so I knew what to expect.
Within minutes, they triaged me, had my EKG done, got my paperwork done and led me past the patients waiting to get in. Some were on stretchers – their ambulance attendants waiting patiently with them. Heart problems gets you front of the line access to the ER.
The rest of the night was uneventful as they tried to figure out what I had. Basically my heart started to race although it didn’t go as fast when I had previous problems with it. The staff was good to me and patiently explained what was going on. They were hesitant to give me the same medication as before because the symptoms exactly fit what I had before. I had a bit of time to chat with a nurse. When he found out I was in IT, he told me his family was all in IT except for him. I told him he was the smart one. We chatted a bit about travel and his work. He had an easy going manner and a good sense of humour which helped to put me at ease. I complimented him on that.
The ER was busy. A man was swearing loudly. The woman beside me had a stroke. Another patient across from the hallway asked for a bedpan. The bed I was on was narrow. Another guy wanted water because he was very thirsty and got angry when he couldn’t have any. Sometime in the middle of the night, the doctors decided to simply give me a double dose of a medication I was currently taking. It took several hours for the meds to work. Before I left, they told me they would follow up on me. I got out around 6AM.
The sky was still dark and the air was cool. The 2 coffee shops on the corner were just getting busy. I passed by a deserted park on the other side of the street. The elderly Chinese women haven’t come out yet for their Tai Chi exercises. A skunk wandered out from the park to the edge of the sidewalk. It kept walking in the same direction. I kept my eye on it just in case it tried to cross the street to say hi to me.
I took a nap later in the morning. My sleep patterns were all messed up. I made a couple of appointments, did some chores and just took it easy for the day. J came by for dinner. I feel fine now but I need to find out what caused this.