I've been really sick with a wicked chest cold this week. This morning at 3:30 am I awoke from sleep with intense pain in my chest. When I got up my arms were tingling and cold. I got really scared then. I started thinking about the warning signs of heart attack - I had chest pain, tingling in arms, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty breathing.
I sat downstairs for a while and the pain got worse. Then I dialled 911. After asking a few questions they sent an ambulance. I told my husband and he got up and waited with me until the ambulance came, 20 minutes later. I was in emergency from 5:00 until 11:00 am today.
Good news - my heart is fine. The doctor figured the chest pain came from the muscles being strained by the bad hacking cough I've had and that the arm tingles and laboured breathing were from anxiety I felt when I thought it might be a heart attack.
Very sobering day. I've been taking it easy. Still hacking and coughing. Got antibiotics to start tomorrow cuz they think there is a bronchial infection.
It was pretty surreal - I kept thinking, "This is bad dream, right?"
I was a little scared about dying, but more worried about how it would affect my husband and my dog. I asked Creator to please send my Father to come get me if I was going to leave this world.
Thanks for letting me share. It just helps to get it out there. I'm glad for this forum. And I'm glad to still be here.
Have a safe night, everyone. I'm off to bed. It's been "one of those days"