Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Our Crazy Day

Well, in case you hadn't heard, or if maybe you can gain some wisdom from our experience, let me tell you about my day...

At 6 AM Chuck woke up with chest pain, trouble breathing, and numb arms. By 7 AM it began to grow worse, so he woke me up, we called 911, the EMS came and rushed him to the ER.

Fortunately, the symptoms subsided without medication while he was on the way to the ER. Once I got there with the boys, I was not able to stay in the room with Chuck because of the kids. So we sat in the waiting room and checked in from time to time until my parents came from Austin to take the boys back home. The doctors ran various tests, and much to our surprise, everything was fine! It was quite a nightmare, we couldn't imagine what had caused such an episode. The doctors said there was a 95% chance that his heart had nothing to do with the problem. That was a relief (Chuck had a heart condition and a surgery to correct it about 3 years ago). They ruled out the big things: collapsed lung, heart disease/attack, blood clots, etc. So they said most likely it was acid reflux?! Wierd, right?! Evidentally sometimes reflux can come on so suddenly that it's mistaken for a heart attack.

So now we're back home, back to normal, and once again reminded of how God gives us every breath, and so thankful to Him that Chuck's ok. (Thank You, The Lord Who Heals, for letting this scare be nothing more than reflux!)

So if ever you see someone having similar symptoms to a heart attack or stroke, but with both arms tingling/numb, be sure to get them upright (and still seek emergency care, just in case)...but know that it could be reflux, not their heart.

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