” Yes” he replied. I questioned him about the pains and he pointed to where they hurt. He said it felt like something was heavy but then they went a way. I asked,” How many times do you think you have had them in the past two days and have you had any pains today?”
” I think about two dozen and no, I don’t have any pains today.”
” Did you say two dozen?”
“Yes, but they don’t last long” he said.
I qued him again on how he has to ring that nurse bell when he is having any sort of pain. I don’t think he remembers. After our lunch he went on his outing with the lady. I told her what I had learned and said, “If he complains to you at all, please take him to the ER and call me.” She looked at me with big eyes.
I said, ” I am not going to ruin his outing by what ifs. If he has pain take him to the ER and call me. He says he hasn’t had any pain today so I am going to let him go.”
She looked at me but went ahead and took him. In my opinion she is trained to handle all emergencies. Why should he sit at the facility and just wait.
Al has had a heart attack and has blockages today that aren’t bad. He also has angina. We just went through this about a year ago. I get concerned for two reasons. It has been five years since his heart attack. Repairs on a heart last about five years. Al doesn’t use the call bell often because he forgets.
Something could happen before he realizes or understands to get the call light. I have alerted the nurse to my concerns. They are now on guard to question him several times each day for a while. If there is concerns they are to send him straight to the ER and call me.
I have done the best I can with what knowledge I have. In the back of my mind I am hoping and praying it is not the new Pain Patch. It is super strong and one of the many side-effects is messing with the heart. I don’t want him to lose the patch as it has taken a lot of his pain a way. He can still walk for several feet. He uses his wheelchair part way down the hall. When he gets to the nurses’ station, he switches his wheel chair to the walker and then walks the other half down to the dining room.
Now I come to you because in numbers prayer is strong. Please pray for Al. I don’t know exactly which or what to pray for, so I am praying for Al to remain safe.
- My Broken Heart (rachelgassert.wordpress.com)
- Chest pain prior to a heart attack can protect the heart (eurekalert.org)
- I’ve Been Sick (therecoveringlegalist.com)
- The Day I felt God’s Breath (cyndilumoon.wordpress.com)
- The Chest Pain Dance: Our Latest ER Craze (patersoner.wordpress.com)
- Myth busted: Chest Pain patients need 2-4lpm (respiratorytherapycave.blogspot.com)
- Heart attack survivor: ‘I almost died … Watch me. Look at what can happen’ (jacksonville.com)
- What happens if the doctor isn’t sure? (kevinmd.com)
- It’s Just a Little Heart Attack (barbsdailydose.typepad.com)
- Heart Attack Patients Do Better if They Had Chest Pain First (news.health.com)