Oh honey, how very frightening. Did you get some good sleep? Let us know how today's doctor visit goes.
Actually, I slept very well last night. The symptoms were all gone, and because of going to the ER without having eaten breakfast, and being there until mid-afternoon, I ate much less than normal. I always sleep better when I eat less.
They called a little bit ago to put my doctor visit back from 12:30 to 4:00, but I'll post how it goes tomorrow if I don't get around to it this evening. But it's going to be some tests, and probably no results right away.
That's scary. Did they mention TIA as a possibility? I understand that some blood clots can cause temporary oxygen deprivation in the brain without causing permanent damage. With your history of arrhythmia, I'm guessing they're going to put you on anticoagulants if you're not on them already.
I think they might have mentioned TIA, but what I remember is her telling me that it's possible I had a minor event that left no trace. I don't remember the actual term used. What she did say is that it's possible it was any of a hundred things. A stroke or TIA is not the only possible cause of acute transient confusion.
She also said they might put me on anticoagulants or other drugs, but those have side-effects, so there's a good chance they won't. In any case, the ER did not see fit to give me any prescriptions, which I'm happy with. I'll take drugs if they tell me to, but if my doctor gives me a choice, I'll opt for no drugs.
I've printed out all the EKGs I've taken since I bought the BodiMetric gadget, so if my arrhythmia is a problem they should be able to see. Basically, based on what my friend the cardiac rehabilitation nurse said, I don't think my a-fib is coming back, and the PACs are supposed to be of no concern. But I'm expecting them to put me on a King of Hearts monitor for a week.
Wow, scary! Was your blood glucose low? That sounds a lot like what happens when my glucose goes really low, and would explain why there's no lasting effects from it.
I've never had low blood sugar before, and I had not exercised yet when it happened, so it seems unlikely. The blood work came back normal, so I did not have low blood sugar at the time they drew the blood.
This morning a nurse called me from the ER for a follow-up, to make sure I'm feeling okay, which I am other than having a new thing to be hypochondriac about. She said this kind of thing can be a one-time thing that never repeats itself.
And this morning I did 30 minutes of cardio on the NordicTrack machine and felt pretty good. A few PACs, but that's normal for me. The arm didn't bother at all.
The day before yesterday I had a late lunch of Chinese take-out. Once upon a time I'd have blamed the MSG. I think Steve has said that MSG is not the evil that the woo crowd thinks. But perhaps the overdose of salt? I had sweet & sour prawns and veggie egg rolls, and ate way too much food. That was roughly 18 hours before my event happened. It will likely be a while before I eat Chinese food again. Irrational, but hey, you get a scare, you stay away from anything you did different in the preceding week.