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Coming back from Seattle on the ferry, I had a scary moment where I almost passed out. The "grey tunnel" effect that precedes passing out, followed by some serious dizziness caused me to seek out a crewperson to get me some medical attention. Fortunately for me, not only was there the normal crewmember with EMT training, there was also a fully-fledged EMT transporting a patient.

The short version of what seems to have happened is that running for the ferry dislodged some mucus in my lungs that I wasn't able to cough up, combined with my really poor posture while reading a book led to me not getting enough oxygen. They put me on oxygen and most of the symptoms cleared up very quickly.

The slightly longer version would add that the lung problems that I've had since quitting smoking (and probably due to smoking, of course) are not doing me any favors. I'm generally healthy in terms of the equipment that the EMT had available (blood pressure was normal, pulse was fine, and so on), excepting of course for my lung function. In addition to that, I was coughing quite a lot (even seeing stars at one point) and had some severe dizziness. On top of that, I was feverish and covered in a cold sweat for a while. I need to find a way to sit that doesn't collapse my lungs. I was advised to see a doctor in the next few days (or immediately if symptoms reappear), but lacking insurance I'll have to look up the local free clinic. If there is one. Or else I could always do the dumb thing that we are forced toward and use the ER as a substitute for proper medical care, which I hate even thinking about.

Bah. Anyway, I'm fine now. If you want to give me advice, please send it to me in private. You can use my whateley23 at that there yahoo dawt calm address. But note that I am not actually asking for advice, although I will accept it if given (though I reserve the right not to act on it, of course).

As usual, some of my neuroses came up. I couldn't help but apologize to everyone for being so intrusive and needy as to ask for help. I need to get over that. I'm not even sure why I do that. It's one of the things that I am sure I could root out if I just knew why I do it.

I've probably forgotten to include things I meant to say, but this will do for now.

Date: 2013-02-28 10:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feyandstrange
It's very, very common for people to apologize for being so demanding as to want attention, even when they've just been hit by a car; it's a pretty natural human thing. If you feel that yours is more deep than that, then it may warrant some attention, but this is pretty bog-standard human stuff.

Date: 2013-02-28 06:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alfrecht.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry to hear that...and, I know exactly what you mean on very many levels...

I don't have much advice, but I have a suggestion: come to Anacortes, get gay married to me, and I can see what coverage my spouse gets under my new insurance! (Although, given that things are shaky in the job department right now, that may not be advisable...plus, I'd want conjugal rights, and well, you know...!?!) ;)

Date: 2013-02-28 08:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
Well, if I ever do get married again, it would probably be for the insurance. ;)

Date: 2013-02-28 09:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danaid-luv.livejournal.com
Well crap, that sounds like quite an evening (afternoon?) I don't have advice, but...I'm glad to hear that there were folks on hand that could help. Doesn't solve anything, per se, but geez, small victories still count, right?

Anyway, just...wanted to both wince & wave in your direction.

Date: 2013-02-28 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
Thanks! Good to hear from you.

Date: 2013-02-28 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theda.livejournal.com
take care of yourself

Date: 2013-03-01 01:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
Thank you. I have been trying to. Lots of fluids and so on.

Date: 2013-02-28 03:36 pm (UTC)
ivy: (grey hand-drawn crow)
From: [personal profile] ivy
Whoa, shit. I have some experience with lung problems; if you'd ever like to talk to me about how I deal with mine, let me know. Maybe some of it would be helpful to you.

The apologizing a lot is a thing; I do it too when I'm the patient. Even when I'd tell anyone else having those health problems to just accept the help of course. Heh. It's up there with "lose consciousness in bathrooms/run to the bathroom while choking" for weird things that people do when they have health issues.

Date: 2013-03-01 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wire-mother.livejournal.com
I've been controlling the more ongoing issues by taking a lot of choline (precursor for acetylcholine, which helps control lung function), which has generally been very successful. This seems to have been related to some pretty severe cold or flu bug that is going around. I would, however, like to discuss other options some time. Lately, I get over to Seattle every Wednesday (I have Irish class, 6:30p-7:30p). Let me know when you could be available.

I have been finding out that the apologizing thing is much more common than I'd thought. I am surprised, actually, and somewhat relieved. It's one of those things that I thought was just me. Seriously, when I was hit by a car, one of the things I did while lying on the ground being tended was apologize to the people helping me and even the (drunk) person who hit me, despite the fact that the latter person probably wasn't anywhere near me.

Date: 2013-03-03 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] djcynic.livejournal.com
Holy crap- glad you are ok! Alot of people have been getting bronchitis out there too, so watch yourself rest and go to the Er/Dr when you feel bad again.
Glad you asked for help and got some Oxygen on board the ferry.
I am the same totally always feel bad for asking for any kind of help and over apologize as well. Your too good a person and hate to intrude but when it comes to your health, please make sure you don't hesitate to bother someone out there. :) Hope it clears out!

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