They Aren’t Hot Flashes…

Today I was browsing through Facebook, when I saw a post put up by my pediatrician’s office.  Intrigued, I watched it and felt it was such an important message that I reposted it on my own Facebook page.

Later this evening, I felt compelled to share it on my blog.  This important video shows the need as we age to really pay attention to our bodies, and listen when they tell us something is wrong.  I can personally  speak to this because in March of 2010, I ignored signs of a life threatening illness until it was almost too late.

Of the 10 symptoms listed by the Mayo Clinic for Pulmonary embolism, I had 9 of them.  I remember trying to complete a run on a Thursday, and having to stop every half mile or so to catch my breath.  By Sunday night, I could not lay flat because I could draw no air into my lungs.  Monday morning, I went to the doctor because I thought I had pleurisy, a painful, but not alarming illness.  By 1:00PM I was in the ER with a diagnosis of blood clots in my right lower lung, and headed for a three day hospital stay and six months of anticoagulant therapy.

When I look back, I realized I had been feeling off for some time.  Someone asked why I didn’t go to the doctor sooner, and I said, “And say what?  I don’t know what’s wrong, but something is?”  I could rationalize all my symptoms.  Excessive sweating, hot flashes.  Difficulty breathing and wheezing, allergies.  Swollen legs, standing on them too long.

Someone asked why I didn’t go to the ER Sunday night, and my response was, “I didn’t think it was an emergency.”  In my mind, an emergency was defined as bleeding to death, or a heart attack.  Turns out, heart attacks are equally as difficult to figure out at times, which is what led me to post the following video.

I truly hope everyone who sees this watches it.  It’s not long, and it is done in comedic light, although the subject is very serious.  It might save your life!

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22 Responses to They Aren’t Hot Flashes…

  1. jmgoyder says:

    Very good clip!
    I am so glad you are okay now btw!

  2. Thanks for sharing….Diane

  3. Barneysday says:

    Great video, thanks for sharing.

  4. thank you Arnel, great post.

  5. elisaruland says:

    Thanks for the reminder! Women tend to worry about how everyone else is feeling, even when we’re halfway to the floor in a faint.

    • Boy isn’t that the truth? We tend to think in terms of, I don’t have time to be sick. When at the drs I remember saying something along the lines of, hurry this up, I have things to do! A trip to pack for (spring break was that following weekend). Needless to say, we did not go.

  6. Roly says:

    Good post thanks 🙂

  7. Roly says:

    Reblogged this on Living With Myositis and commented:
    Don’t think nothing is wrong have it checked

  8. Wow!! That is truly an eye opener. I am a legal assistant, and I handle people’s estates after they pass away. Every year that I get older I notice that there are a great number of people dying who are not that far off my age, and many of them are dying from heart attacks. Like you said though, it’s so easy to attribute the symptoms to other non life threatening conditions. For instance, I very often have tightness in the chest because I have asthma, so I understand why you could have easily put it off. I am just so glad that you got to the doctor’s in time and that you are ok!! Phew! Thank you so much for sharing this with us and take care of yourself :).

    • You’re welcome! Thanks! I thought it was such an important message, because when I watched it, I thought how similar it seemed to my own event–a trainer at the gym who saw me trying to run stopped me and asked if I was OK, with a really alarmed look on his face. At the time I thought, how rediculous–I’m Fine! We were actually getting ready to go on spring break–an eastern Caribbean cruises and I’m so glad I didn’t ignore it and then collapse on Grenada! We had to cancel the trip–that was almost as painful as the PE!

  9. Lynne Ayers says:

    Good and worthwhile post, Arnel.

    • Thanks Lynne. I’m toying with doing a Womens Wednesday with a health issues. We are so bad about ignoring them in general. We just can’t be bothered with being sick, because we are too busy! 🙂

  10. Lynne Ayers says:

    That could be interesting and very worthwhile, Arnel … I’ll wait for it.

    • Thanks Lynne! I think I missed this Wednesdays deadline, LOL! I’ve been looking through articles about womens health, but haven’t found anything that hasn’t already been done to death…

  11. A sobering message, and it’s indeed good that you’re okay. Continue to be well!

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