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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Monday, 3 July 2006

Exciting Morning

Well, Cheryl and I have had an exciting morning, but not in a good way. I woke up at about 6:30am with a weight and numbness in my chest, which radiated out to my arms and legs and left a weird battery taste in my mouth. I got up and was really dizzy, and then feverish. So we called an ambulance. The guys came out and checked my heart rate and blood sugar, both of which were normal, and the feeling seemed to be passing, so i decided not to go to the hospital.

However after they left it came back, and continued to wax and wane, so Cheryl booked an appointment for me at the Medical Centre for the morning. We went along and i got checked out, hooked on an ecg machine and had blood samples taken. Everything seems to be normal.. I was worried there was something wrong with my heart, since the sensation started there, but they checked everything and it's healthy. In fact apart from being sick, i'm pretty much healthy overall - the only thing wrong was that my good cholesterol levels were 0.1 under.. but my overall cholesterol levels were low anyway, so that's ok.

Unfortunately that does kind of leave the possible cause open, but the doctor thinks it's a result of the cold which i've had for the last week, so i've got some antibiotics to help with that and hopefully the two will pass together. All up it's not the nicest way to start the day.. hopefully tomorrow will start a little quieter and less stressfully.


  1. wow, sounds like a scary way to wake up... I hope the news is good anyway.

  2. Very scary -- I hope it goes away with your cold, as the doctor has suggested. Are you on any medication or anything? Eating particular foods that you haven't been? Google says that even something like Lamasil (for toenail infections) can do this to you. Now, Google isn't a doctor, but who knows?

    Hope you feel better soon.

  3. My current GoogleTheory is that it was a combination of being physically run down and a panic attack when i woke up. Apparently that can lead to the numbness, vertigo, and even the weird taste.. and the cold would take care of the fever and shakes and all of that too. Who knows. It didn't happen again last night, anyway, which i was worried about.. so that's good news :)

  4. I thought all of that exercise was supposed to be good for you. I wonder if the neighbours have been smoking anything strange, but since Cheryl wasn't affected, I guess that's unlikely.
    Lisa didn't mention it to me this morning, but I suppose she thought I'd read it already.
    I hope the antibiotics do the trick. There are some nasty viruses around.
    Good that you called the ambulance to get them to check onyour symptoms.
    Lots of love

  5. You were run down!?!? You didn't tell us that!! It's explains everything!

    In my experience, getting run down by a car can lead to all sorts of physical symptoms. Why, even just running into the side of a car can lead to dizziness, shakes and extensive bruising around the unmentionables. So it's no wonder really. The metallic, battery taste in your mouth probably was the car battery, or maybe one of the headlights.

    But you survived getting run down, and it hasn't happened again so all's well that ends well. I guess that Staley mutant healing ability is really useful in these circumstances.

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. You should always look both ways before you cross the road.


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