Copyright 2017 by Bonnie Boerema
A woman EMT was talking loudly to me, saying Kay over and over. She kept asking questions
to see if I was coherent. She first said, "What year is this? I didn't
answer her because I was still
trying to figure out where I was, and what was going on. Then she said, "Who's the
I said, "Donald Trump."
She pointed to her watch, and
said, "What's this?"
I said "Watch."
Slowly I was piecing together that
I was in an ambulance, and headed to the hospital. But she didn't tell me what
happened to me, or any details.
I could hear the sirens. I asked, "Where's
my husband?" She said, "He's on
his way." Then they wheeled me into the ER in Lee memorial hospital in Cape Coral,
My heart was out of control, racing rapidly
all over the place. My blood pressure was sky high. They
immediately hooked me up to a heart monitor. I kept looking for my
husband, Billy. But
with morning rush hour traffic, it
took him about an hour to get there.
The ER nurse was on top of my situation,
and very attentive to me. They
started X-rays on me
about 11:00 a.m, after Billy got
there. Various doctors, med techs, and attendees came in, took blood,
etc. Some thought
that I must have had either a stroke or a seizure. Strokes run
in my family, and this scared the
hell out of me. They
kept asking me dumb questions like, "Where are you?" and "What day is
this?" They admitted me to the
hospital about 4:00 p.m. that afternoon, and took me to my room.
By Saturday morning my heart rate and
blood pressure had stabilized,
and came way down.
Positive news! That afternoon they
took an ultra sound on my heart. Sunday they took an MRI to see if I'd had
a stroke or a seizure. By Monday
they gave me the results. No strokes or seizures. Dr. Wong told me on
that I could go home Monday.
When they discharged me at 3:00 p.m
Monday, they gave me two
control my heart, and a blood thinner.
My husband, Billy filled me in about what
happened to me that morning at
7:30 a.m when we both got up. He went to the kitchen to make coffee. He said something to me,
and I didn't answer. Then he came to the bathroom. I was
sitting on the toilet, limp as a
rag, and wasn't
answering him. He poured cold water
on me, slapped and yelled at me, but couldn't revive me. He was scared
to death, and thought he'd lost me.
All I remembered was when I sat down
on the stool, I felt like I was
going to faint, and needed a wet washcloth on my face. But I didn't just faint, I went
unconscious. The doctors never
gave us an answer about what caused
me to go unconscious, and my
heart to go into A
Billy and I believe it was the result of the
two medications Dr. Abel's Nurse
Practitioner prescribed for me, for a virus. One was cough syrup with
Codeine, which I'm allergic to. It's been
on my medical records for years. The
second med was Levofloxicin, a
milligrams. It was a prescription drug overdose, mixing a narcotic with
an opioid. My.small
and fragile.system couldn't take it, and went into shock.
From Friday to Monday they gave me an
EKG, Echocardiogram, Ultra Sound
on my heart, and MRI. The Neurologist said my MRI was good. It showed no seizures or
strokes. Good news indeed!
When my cardiologist, Chris Jones read
my heart monitor I had to wear
for ten days at
home, he said the A Fib ' s doing good, and gave me another appointment.
He said to go back to my normal
activities, water aerobics, walking, and working
out on my fitness bike.
I'm doing better now, and this old gal
might make it a few more quality years.
of the message
won't know where to send it.)
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