Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Good Report from Home


Chilling at Home
Almost a week after being hospitalized for what my doctor thought might be a heart attack, I'm home, a little healthier, a lot wiser, and too tired to believe. A hospital is not the best place to rest. About the time you get to sleep, someone wakes you to test something, check vitals, or make sure you're comfortable. ^_^ Ironic, isn't it? 

Well, doctors discovered no blockages, but say my heart has been weakened. I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It's possible my thyroid has problems that may have triggered some of this. I reduced my weight by 80 pounds over a four year period, and for two years, my weight had been steady, never rising or falling more than a 3-4 pounds. But since Nov 2011, I've gained 40 lbs. I'd have to gain over a pound a week to gain that much so fast. I don't eat enough to gain so much so fast. I have been increasingly tired, to the point I wondered if I might be anemic. (Docs ruled that out, too.) However, thyroid problems would explain my fatigue and weight gain. I'll be following up with my doctor next week.

 Right now, I'm on orders not to pick up more than 10 lbs, bend over, or stand for more than about 15 min at a time for the next four days. I'm doing what they say. I'll be offline most of the day after this post. Not going to be online much until Friday. That is harder than it sounds. My location on all my profiles says "at the keyboard" and that is so true. ^_^

I'm thankful to have had all this caught and not have had a heart attack. My advice to everyone, and especially to authors... Take care of yourself. Expect another health-conscious post after this. Okay, maybe more than one. I'm thinking about how authors hurt themselves by thinking they're as invincible as their characters. Might be some good material in that!

I want to give a shout out to Northside Hospital in Atlanta, GA. The folks in the cardiac unit there are amazing. I was cared for, looked after, and taken care of in the most amazing fashion. If you are looking for a place to be treated professionally but with the utmost care, look no further.

18 comments:

  1. Glad to hear you're home and doing well :)

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    1. Thanks, Elise! ^_^ Can't say it enough... there's no place like home and your own keyboard. *tapping ruby slippers*

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  2. Kayelle, rest, rest and more rest!
    We need you! So glad to see you home now. God has a plan for you - you're not done yet!
    Huggies!

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    1. Thanks, Danita! I have the feeling you're right. :)

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  3. Wow, what an experience you've had. I'm glad it wasn't a heart attack. Take care of yourself and rest.

    Janice~

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    1. I can now write a hospital scene with absolute authority. ^_^ LOL

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  4. Used to live in Atlanta and you're right the Northside hospital has an excellent reputation. So glad they've pinpointed your problem.

    Now, do what you're told. We'll muddle through for a while until you are back to your best self.

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    1. Yes, ma'am. I am ready to do as told (for a change). ;)

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  5. Glad to hear you're home and feeling better.

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I'm feeling better every day. If this trend holds, I'll be awesome before you know it. *g*

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  6. So glad to hear your home without too much having to be done. You are so right about health being imperative. Now, I hope you stuck to your guns and rested today. :)

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    1. Yes, I did. I got offline at 5:30 and didn't get back on until this morning. It wasn't easy, but I did it.

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  7. So sorry you had to go through this. It is a life-altering event. Take care of yourself.

    Sharon

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. Doing my best to behave. Why is that not nearly as fun as misbehaving??? A mystery of the universe. LOL

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  8. So glad to hear it wasn't your heart. Make sure they check for Hashimoto's disease, a thyroid disorder that might require a special test. I know I've had several thyroid tests and had to travel to the local University here to have one the normal clinics don't cover.

    Anyhoo, we're very happy to have you back, and a series of blog posts about writers and their health might wake us all up a little,

    Hugs across the miles, Keta
    http://ketaskeep.blogspot.com

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    1. Good thought. I'll look that up. I've heard the name before but didn't know anything about it.

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