ER visit (not for me)

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ER visit (not for me)

So we had a bit of a scare last night. My husband would kill me if he knew I was posting this somewhere. But, he wasn't feeling that good when he got back from Maryland the other day-upset tummy that kept him out of work for part of the day. He had taken yesterday off so that we could go to the waterslide park with Jack one last time this season. He felt fine there, then we went to my dad's house and while we were there, he had trouble breathing-not too unusual because he's got asthma and allergies and my dad has a dog and a cat and his house is not clean. We got home, he was feeling okay, but then he decided to go to bed at 10. About 20 minutes later he comes downstairs and checks his blood pressure. It was high, which is concerning because he's on bp meds. We decided to go to the ER, and had to get Jack bundled up and over to my MIL"s house. At the ER triage his bp was 171/101! :eek:
They got him right in, hooked him up to monitors and it came right down to normal for him levels (still a little elevated, but not horrible). After we were there for four hours, the doctor said his bloodwork, ekg and everything came back normal. THANK GOD. We got back to my MIL's at 4:05, and were in bed at 4:30 this morning. Jackie didn't wake up at all. And thankfully, he let us sleep till almost 10.
While we were on our way to the hospital, I was scared to death that I was going to lose him and be a widow with two young kids who would never know their daddy. I prayed so hard. It was hard for me to hold it together, all I wanted to do was sit there and cry, but I couldn't upset my dh by doing that. And some of you (the dec. 09 ladies) know I lost my father in law when I was 37 weeks pregnant with Jack, and my fear this pregnancy is losing someone else like my mom or dad--or husband.
I hope that this was a reality check for him though-he's had a gym membership for three years and has used it twice. He won't let me get rid of it, even though we're on $$ save mode. He doesn't exercise as much as he should-work is stressful, school is stressful, and he doesn't find the time to take care of himself. I am going to start nagging the hell out of him to go to the gym and exercise. He's going to hate me. And I think he should tell work he can't travel three weeks out of every month, because he just has to work so much harder to catch up after.
Okay--thanks for reading this girls. I gotta get my butt in gear-have a birthday party for dh and three of his sisters today and I need to make macaroni salad. :puke2:

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Wow Anne, I would be scared too! Thank God they were able to normalize his BP, but what a stressful incident! You are right that he should take care of his health more, my husband is similar to yours. They just live in denial or something. Hugs!

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WOW! I'm so glad he is okay. I think you have every right to nag about working out at this point!

I went and hugged my SO after reading this - he quit smoking almost a year ago, and this really made me appreciate that choice of his.

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I know exactly how you feel! My dh had a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and it was terrifying!!!

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I'm so glad your DH is OK Anne! That would scare the crap out of me too. Years ago DH woke up one morning and couldn't move his arms. I mean that literally, he couldn't even dress himself... I rushed him to the hospital (and of course I had to fill out all of his paperwork for him because he couldn't even hold the pen) where he ended up spending four days, to find out absolutely NOTHING!! It was so frustrating, he ended up being fine and got the use of his arms back later that night but they kept him for days after because they were so puzzled as to what happened to him. Thankfully it's never happened since then. Sorry if this hijacks the thread at all, not my intent... your hubby's story just reminded me of mine and how seriously strange things can happen!

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How scary Anne! I'm so glad everything checked out okay. Hopefully this episode motivates him as well, so you can then just encourage and coach him into getting healthier.

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Thanks ladies! He's already making some changes. Got up early (for a day off) and walked for an hour on his treadmill and is tracking his calories on an app he found for his iphone. We also have talked very seriously this weekend about how worried we both were and how important it is to be a good example and be around for the kids. I told him how much little Jack adores him, and how hard it would be on him especially to lose his daddy.