As many of you know the Trouble Brother's school year ended on June 8th and we've all been struggling with their change of schedule issues as well as my own anxiety and depression.
The eigth anniversary of my mom's death was on June 14th.
That same week Mike went to see the doctor about a lot of pain and numbness he has been having in his neck, back and arm and they are reasonably sure he has a herniated disc in his neck. He will be going this week for an MRI to confirm it which will mean surgery very soon to relieve his pain.
Then to top it all off yesterday I drove to Virginia to see my dad for Father's Day and take him out for a movie and lunch at Guapos, our favorite Mexican restaurant, but that was derailed when during the movie I suffered some sort of episode which caused me to pass out and go into shock. When I came to I was uncontrollably shaking on my right side for over an hour.
Needless to say my dad called 911 and the paramedics took me to the ER by ambulance. The doctors ran a number of tests and while some of my blood levels were a bit off my heart checked out fine and I didn't appear to be under any prolongued neurological distress. I left the hospital six hours later after receiving IV fluids with instructions to see my regular doctor within twenty-four hours.
Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
I am one VERY hot mess in this photo.
I HATE needles (says the woman with 3 tattoos)
The doctor could not tell me for sure what kind of episode I had but said it could have been a mild seizure brought on by the loud speakers and the intense visual stimuli from the movie or it could be a much simpler condition such as vertigo which can be brought on by similar situations.
Better late than never.
Dad and Is still made it out for our meal at Guapos (dinner instead of lunch) and I probably shouldn't have but I drove the hour home back north feeling nauseous and exhausted. By 7 pm I was in bed where I slept until the following morning at 7am. I cannot remember the last time I slept for twelve hours straight.
When I woke up this morning I still felt nauseous and I am quite certain I could have eaten some breakfast, drank a cup of tea, and gone back to bed for another twelve. But, the boys were coming home from their weekend with their dad and I knew I needed to make an appointment to see my doctor.
After going to see her I am glad I did.
#FromWhereISit waiting to see my doctor
The doctor saw a few red flags that concerned her. My blood work from the hospital showed an elevated white blood cell count (which could be from the stress of going into shock) but my potassium levels were also quite elevated. In addition, a history of fainting spells, the shaking on one side for an extended period of time after passing out, feeling exhausted afterwards and sleeping twelve hours, and still feeling worn out today all equal a strong sign that I may very well have had a seizure in the theater yesterday.
So, in the next couple weeks I will need to see a neurologist for additional tests on my noggin to rule out epilepsy, a visit to the cardiologist for an echocardiogram to rule out any heart valve issues and another visit the
Needless to say, vertigo is my diagnosis of choice.
I thank you all for your prayers and well wishes on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They mean so much to me and my family.
For the next few days I plan to take care of myself and Mike, who is incapacitated with pain from his neck injury, and try to get some extra rest and fluids in as I can. I don't think I'm going to be up for Camp Wear Their Ass Out for the next few days and you can be sure I will NOT be seeing another IMAX movie ever again.
Also, the month of June can totally kiss my ass.