Lessons From the Heart

Updated: Nov 24, 2019

The words "I think I have Mono" tumbled right out of my mouth and were quickly greeted by a blank stare.

"Um, you are too old for Mono, and that wouldn't cause your high heart rate and swollen ankles" was the response from the clinic practitioner. Then the nurse followed up that doozy of a statement by topping it with... "your heart rate is off the charts, and you need to get to a hospital rather fast." The ER sounded scarier and more expensive so we opted for the Urgent Care not far from our house.

And so began my adventure from Clinic, to Urgent Care, to Ambulance, to ER, to overnight stay in the Hospital. Oh please, why couldn't it have been Mono?

I won't bore you with all the details of ultrasounds, X-rays, CT Scans, EKG's, dozens of blood draws, and other tests (yes, they even gave me a pregnancy test just to rule out everything 👶🏼). Frankly I don't want to relive it all by retelling it again, but what I will share are the lessons I recently learned after thinking I was going to die ( Disclaimer: I'm known to overreact a little sometimes).

1. Listen to Your Body - A month prior to my hospital stay I had been sick, and since then, I just didn't feel "right". I made up all sorts of excuses of what it could be....

Extreme Tiredness - "That damn Daylight Savings time change"

Light Headed - "Maybe I'm Anemic" 💉

Hand Tremors - "Shouldn't have partied so hard at that Pub Crawl" 🍺

Frequent Headaches - "Must be all this rain". 🌧️

None of them were true.