New computer and back to work, again…

First off, I just want to say thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. I usually reply to every comment but quite honestly right now I just do not have the energy. But thanks again to Kristina, Holly, Sam, Arlene, Christa, Nancy, Raisa, Sakura and Carolynne for the well wishes gabapentin 400 mg. The good news is, I am finally starting to feel better!

I have been back to work for 2 days now. I had a whooping cough test done last week and it actually came back negative. I was told that does not necessarily mean that I did not have it, however since I had been coughing for many weeks (6 I believe at that time), that the bacteria could be gone from my system and just the cough remaining or I might not have ever had it at all.

I had seen a respirologist last week since the cough was still remaining. She said it sounds more like an asthmatic cough now and she did a lung function test and told me I needed to be back on medication for my asthma. Because of the severity of the cough, the possibility of having had whooping cough, and the length of time I have had the cough she decided to throw everything but the kitchen sink at me.

So I am on two puffers; Symbacort and Ventolin (both because I can only take 8 puffs of Symbacort in a day and she figured it might not be enough so she added Ventolin as a backup), I am also o

n 3 pills; Singulair and Prednisone as well as she put me on Nexium to make sure that there is no acid reflux which could be making the cough worse. I also have to do a sinus rinse with saline solution plus Pulmicort as I have a lot of post nasal drip which she figures may be why I am coughing up mucus a lot.

I ruptured some blood vessels in my throat and/or lungs which resulted in coughing up blood, which was scary as crap. But I am now feeling better and so I went back to work Tuesday. I am going to see if I can apply for backdated employment insurance for the days I missed due to this. Money is tight right now so I am hoping I can do it, with Christmas coming up. I am not too far behind on bills but owe my brother big time now

I did have some good news in all of this. Dell approved my application for financing and it took less time for the application to process and for the computer to ship and be delivered then it did for their so called “48 hour approval” which turned into months… But I have a brand new Dell Inspiron 5000 series Windows 8.1 computer with 1 TB hard drive and a 15.6 ” HD touch screen display, which I absolutely love! I’m paying less then $25 a month so it is affordable. Too bad I am paying almost double it’s worth by financing but sometimes you have no choice. The other computer can now have some much needed RNR.

I have been playing around with the computer and figured I might as well come on and post something. I have been playing a game on the computer called Kinectimals Unleashed which is kinda fun. It’s an xbox game originally I guess. I am hooked on playing it. I will try and catch up on my favorite blogs this weekend. I am going to be pretty early since work is tiring me out. I am just so happy to be doing better though!

Half way through the week…

And so far not much to report. Middle of week 5 and I still can’t stop coughing for the life of me. I am starting to hurt all over (especially my chest and back) and started coughing up a small and I mean small amount of blood today, just trace amounts. I called 811 which is our non-emergency health and information services where you can speak to a registered nurse, who advised me that this is typical when the lining of the lungs and even throat is irritated by whooping cough and/or pneumonia and not to panic as long as it stayed really small amounts.

She told me that if it becomes more, I’m uncomfortable with it or I am coughing up clots then I need to be seen right away. I gotta say it freaked me out a little bit. She warned me too that the pressure from coughing can cause a bleeding nose or vomiting, the vomiting of which I have already done a lot… 5 times from 9-6:30 yesterday and once in the night. I have such a headache and am so tired of this. I guess it’s just one day at a time Look At This.

Work is going pretty good otherwise. We have two coaches who will be going on maternity leave, one in February and the other I am not sure when. It makes me really wish that Cory and I were healthy enough to even think about it right now. But there is so so much other things on our mind. But it just reminds me that I am 34 and not getting any younger. Scares the crap out of me. I don’t want to look back later and wondering where the time went and why we did not have kids.

I am looking forward to going to Oak Island and I refuse to not go. I better be feeling a bit better (though I would go anyways) as I have been waiting for this since my Mom told me they were going a few months ago. I am just going to have to bundle up warm, take my inhaler with me (for the asthma which is worse right now thanks to the whooping cough) and go slow. I am so excited to go! My boyfriends sister is coming with me and we are meeting my family there and some friends of the family who are going too. I need to get some batteries for my camera cause it definitely coming with me!

The End of Summer

I noticed tonight that it is starting to get dark before 9 PM. Seems like summer is almost over. That brings out mixed emotions in me since I have been pretty much house bound for the last two and a half weeks.

On one hand I am extremely sad that summer is almost over and that I will not get to go swimming at the beach or at a lake again this summer. On the other hand I am excited for fall and ready for the 30° weather to go away. I am sure I will regret that since the winter is supposed to be an especially brutal one. Last winter was bad but this one is supposed to be worse.

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Getting there

I saw my family doctor today and he said that while it is possible that I had a panic attack at work yesterday that it is unlikely that that is the underlying problem and that it is more likely the result of a major asthma attack and/or not being able to catch my breath or breathe properly.

He said that often during severe or life threatening asthma attacks, patients do not appear to be in distress, the chest may be so tight that no wheezing sings are present. He also said that the patient can appear pink and then can go cyanotic, which I did.

I remember last night that they kept asking me (both the EMT and a nurse) if it was normal for my face, chest and arms to be really pinkish red (my checks yes but not normally my neck, chest and top half of my arms). They started asking me about allergies. I also turned really blue at one point, my lips and my hands and feet (cyanosis) , while this was happening I started out with tingling in my hands and feet (which I had experienced throughout the morning before going to the hospital) that actually turned into almost complete loss of feeling. I could not squeeze the doctors or nurses hands when asked, not even when looking down at my hands and concentrating. I never mentioned that part to my doctor, I don’t know why but I did not think of it. Since Monday I have also been having coughing fits that leave me breathless and gasping for air. I was doing that in the office too. He said it sounds like it is possible that I may have whopping cough, which the doctor at the ER mentioned last night as well because I was doing it then too.

They both mentioned it being hard to treat and my family doctor said that they will sometimes treat it with Erythromycin, which I am allergic too. But then mentioned another antibiotic I have been able to take without having any reactions. He did not prescribe me anything yet because he wanted a chest x-ray first. He told me to go get it done right away, which I did right after my appointment. He said he should get the results tomorrow most likely. He has put me off till Monday.

I am hoping he will get it back tomorrow and call me to come in to tell me what it shows (inflammation I think is what they are looking for and maybe fluid, I googled it…) and confirm if it is whooping cough and or asthma. He did not order any other tests or anything else yet, I am not sure why and I hate asking.

He told me that if I have difficulty catching my breathe again, are coughing till I turn blue or get worse in anyway to right back to the ER. He said 3 times in a short period will usually prompt them to start doing more tests and will likely get me in to see a respiratory specialist and force them to treat it as something other then a panic attack.

I personally think I am having panic attacks but agree with him that they are more a result then a cause.

Hopefully I will know what is going on tomorrow. I want to get back to work.

Round two

I don’t know where to start but want to keep people update and am still hoping for some ideas, comments or suggestions on what I should do next if this keeps happening. I really am a bit lost. And I really need to get this figured out ASAP. Is there something important I am missing? Or that they are overlooking?

And sorry another super long post. And I promise I will visit some blogs tomorrow if I do not end up at the hospital again.

I left work by ambulance because of the same thing as Monday, only it was worse. I spent the morning alternating between coughing and struggling for air, it got worse about 30 min of taking my inhaler (Ventolin) and I got really itchy and my hands feet went numb again. I let a couple of coaches know and they called an ambulance.

The EMTs at first said that all my vital signs were okay while we were still at work, they asked it I wanted to go to the hospital so I said yes, I really felt weird and did not want to stay and have to have them send for another ambulance later as I had a little less then 6 hours left in my shift. The EMTs walked me out to the ambulance.

On the drive one of the EMTs (never noticed names) was talking to me and noticed that I had my hand on my throat and was struggling for air again. I was also having a hard time concentrating on his face. Everything was blurry and doubled. I kinda slid back in the chair and appeared to have passed out. At first he just shook my arm and that was enough to wake me, I told him I was sleepy.

He told me to not go to sleep to just stay with him and keep trying to talk. I did this one more time before they got to the QE2.

While that EMT went to register me, the driver came to stand by my wheelchair and was talking with me (pretty one sided since I could only grunt, shake my head yes or no (then get really dizzy), while talking to me, he moved closer and asked if I could putt the front of my top down a little.

I said yes and he asked if I knew how red my chest was under my throat and the cheeks and sides of my face. He said it was really warm to the touch, an indication of a severe allergic reaction that usually accompanies hives.

He asked if I had ever gone into anaphylactic shock and I said yes, 5 years ago. He picked up the phone can called in to the hospital. I didn’t understand what he said as it was all in codes. But the other guy started driving a lot faster and turned the lights on.

When we got there the EMT in the back stayed with me while the driver got a wheelchair. The EMT in the back with me went to register me while the other one brought me to the triage nurse. While we were doing that the other one came back and said “she’s going right into a room to be hooked up to the monitors”, just waiting for it to be cleaned.

A few minutes later one of them rolled me into the room and they both had to lift me out of the chair onto the bed as my legs were numb again and wouldn’t hold me. The numbness was traveling up from my hands and feet into my arms and legs.

By the time they got me in the bed I was shaking uncontrollably but felt warm. They got me a blanket anyways and then left.

Cory was there by then and was sitting in a chair beside my bed.

A few minutes later nurse came in asking me what was going on, so for the third time (EMT, Triage and then Nurse) I tried to talk but it was really hard. I could only get 1-2 words out at a time. After pretty painstakingly (on both our parts, but she was sweet) I was able to give the story again and correct a few things the EMTs got wrong or the Triage nurse did.

A doctor came in fairly soon and said he wanted to give me an Ativan in case this was anxiety related and then have a EEG and spirometry test done.

A few minutes later a nurse came in and he gave me the Ativan. I layed there as quiet as I could considering I was shaking still and still gasping for air. The EEG technologist came and and did the EEG which did not come out very good as I was shaking uncontrollably again. She left.

The girl doing the spirometry test came in and tried to hook me back up to the monitors as I had to used the washroom a few minutes before and she was concerned about my shaking, wheezing and whooping. She listed to my chest and had an odd look on her face. I think she could see on the outside I was wheezing and whooping when trying to breath but you my lungs were clear… go figure.

She took off the the nurses station and I could her telling them what was going on and then basically railroaded her and told her to get back in there and do the job she was supposed to be there for not theirs. So she did.

She explained to to me how to do the test which is really easy in theory. After she sets it, you hold the two ends (fits in your hands it’s not big), take a deep breath in, close your mouth around the mouth piece and one it is sealed you blow the breath out steady and hard until she says stop or until you just cant go any longer. Simple enough?

Anyone with Asthma or COPD or many other lung diseases would likely disagree with that. I am 34. I was diagnosed with it at the age of 5. 29 years of this test and other older tests and they are not as easy as it seems.

When she told me to take a deep breath in I told her if I breath too deep I will start coughing. She said everyone says that and it’s never that bad. Besides you heard the nurse it needs to be done. So 1st try: and immediately I started a coughing fit that lasted for 5 minutes. 2nd try: I spit the breath back out before I could even try to hold it cause I was coughing. 3rd try was a 10 min coughing spree.

She said we would take 5 min and try again. So I layed there concentrating on breathing slowly in and out, in between cough fits. They we tried again. This time we got all three. However on the first one I took the deepest breath I could till I felt the couch tickle, then blew out, it did not come out very well. Second one went about the same I did not make it to her stop and started coughing immediately. The third was so bad because it work except I felt pressure to cough half way thought and held it till she said stop. She left.

That started a coughing fit that lasted 10-15 min followed by me shaking really bad and my breathing became really labored which caused me to hyperventilate again. It got so back that I lost all feeling in my arms and legs.

The nurse grabbed a doctor (not even the one that was seeing me that night) and he said my hands and arms were very blue and so where my feet. They tried to have me move my toes and I could’t move anything, he stuck his fingers in between my curled up hand that I also lost all control over and told me to squeeze. I could not even make a finger twitch. On my own I tried to lift my arm and leg from the bed and they would not budge. And I was tachycardic again.

He said I was actually in real trouble this time, he got another Ativan and put it under my tongue in case it was anxiety and a paper bag to blow into to increase the levels of carbon dioxide in my blood and said that I would pass out soon if they could not get it under control. It worked after a while but I semi passed out twice while they were making me breath in the bag, I started to slide off the bed.

The cause if it all though, the cough, was back after the hyperventilating stopped.

So when the doctor came back in he gave me a prescription for Ativan and told me that the spirometry test came back normal. Which in all the years I have had asthma I have never every had one come back normal. Not even when it was not all that bad at that time. I really don’t know how to take that one.

I really think that there is something missing, something I did not tell them (even though I ended up telling them tons of irrelevant things), or something that I did but that they over looked.

He told me to keep taking the prednisone and the 4 puffs every 4 hours of the ventolin and added the ativan and said to keep taking the antibiotic too as he figures I may well have had pneumonia.

Then he said “There is one more possibility: pertussis (whooping cough) and in adults you often do not have the “whoop” sound when they breath in like in children and adolescense” and that they don’t bother testing for it because they can not treat it.

(Not true… It can be treated by antibiotics because it is a bacterial disease caused by Bordetella pertussis.)

I am also guessing he did not hear the whooping sounds from earlier. But still, the timeline for it might fit. But I would assume that that would be something they can hear. And since my lungs have been clear thorough all of this and my oxygen saturation was in normal range.

It’s just left me feeling more confused. Did/do I have pneumonia? Is it my Asthma, am I having panic attacks and hyperventilating or do I have whooping cough? Oh and the Ativan gives me double vision… how am I supposed to take that at work?