Good News & Bad News

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2011-02-10 15:18:33 -0600
Started 2011-02-04 19:13:24 -0600

Hello Friends and DC Family…

I had a bit of a scare yesterday in that I had a sharp chest pain and shortness of breath. My wife took over and drove my fat @$$ to the ER of the hospital even though I was protesting. I'll be honest. I don't like doctors or hospitals. I think it's a guy thing.

Anyway, they kept me overnight for observation assuming heart issues. Well, I have never been overnight in a hospital… never… and was born on the front porch at home so I can say "NEVER" been to stay in a hospital and I'm 52 years old.

My glucose was 94-103 during the million tests they took on my blood. My chest xray was normal. My blood pressures were normal. But the coolest thing was my stress test this afternoon revealed the doctor saying, "you have the energy and stamina of a 32 year old … it's amazing!"

I was released without an actual diagnosis of what the problem was but relieved on what the problem wasn't. I am thinking the attack was either GI or anxiety related because the heart is fine.

I am glad that I went to be checked out but don't tell my wife that I said that. Sometimes when we (men) put off things like that, we are not just being a guy … we're being stupid!!!

Don't mess around with symptoms that could be fatal. I didn't. I thank my loving wife for her support and being my best friend.

24 replies

lorna13 2011-02-08 00:56:35 -0600 Report

So glad you are okay. I think the heart is the first organ to be effected by diabetis. I know it was for me. I was having what I called panic attacts, (I invited my mother-n-law to join us on vacation) Word of advice DON"T DO THAT! Anyway, I refused to go to doctor. And I am a women, so it isn't just a man thing. lol Finally, I had another one that scared even me. So I went. I almost caused my own death by refusing to go. 6 hospital stays since them. I now have 6 stents in my heart. So please don't refuse to go, I know your wife wants you around awhile longer or she wouldn't have made you go.
P.S. I worked in hospitals for over 20 years, And I am the first to say I have white coat syndrom.

tabby9146 2011-02-06 18:21:30 -0600 Report

Glad you are okay! my husband had that exact same thing happen, except not much shortness of breath just a little, but he had the pains, and this was years ago, hei s not diabetic, no problems at that time, but all theydid find out, was that his cholesterol was high and his blood pressure was high, his blood sugar was fine. So they did not ever say for sure, but I remember they told him he needed to exercise and lose weight, and he did that, and lost it all, and then gained it all back less than a year and a half later. So I don't know. He is stubborn and weighs less now than he did then, but he still needs to work on it. Sometimes it can be GI related but his wasn't either. It is something I hope never happens to him again, and I hope it doesn't to you.

RAYT721 2011-02-06 09:29:26 -0600 Report

Just a quick note to thank everyone for the concern and comments you've made. I am touched by the support of everyone in this group/family. Just to let you all know, I am back to normal (normal?) and have a new attitude about my mind, body and soul. It's funny that with all of the medical issues my wife has that she'd never been on that side of the hospital bed, worrying about me like that. It was a scare for us both. Thanks for all of the well wishes, thoughts and prayers. This place truly is a community of friends… and I thank you ALL for that!

MewElla 2011-02-06 07:34:03 -0600 Report

Just checking in on you to see how you are feeling. May each day get better and better for you. God Bless you and your family.

KarenH 2011-02-05 22:52:08 -0600 Report

So so happy you are OK. Take care, my friend, and always listen to your wife…
Hugs, Karen

squog master
squog master 2011-02-05 22:30:48 -0600 Report

Glad you're OK Ray! Valentine's Day is coming you should make it extra special for your wife. May you never have another hospital stay.

Pynetree 2011-02-05 21:34:27 -0600 Report

Congrats on having been blessed with a loving, caring and bright wife! And I am amazed that this was your first hospital stay! Glad that you went to get checked out…and that everything checked out OK…

vgarrison 2011-02-05 21:07:53 -0600 Report

Hey think of it this way…you won't have to hear your wife nagging anymore, cuz I'm gonna kick your a@@ up around your ears!!!! Why is it that men think that any problems will just go away on their own?? 2 weeks ago I had to take my hubby into the ER with chest pains…he was in A Fibb (Atrial Fibulation) and they had to shock his stupid butt back into a normal heart rhythm…besides getting some great material to tease him about he scared the begusis outta me.

So from the wife's point of view…yes scary, but more so, cuz she gonna keep thinking what would of happened if she hadn't forced you to go in?? GEEEEEEEESH!!!! :)

Pynetree 2011-02-05 21:41:16 -0600 Report

I also had to drag a complaining hubby to ER with chest pain, yrs. ago. Pulmonary embolism = 3 wk. stay! And he wanted to just go lay on the guest room bed, and wait for it to pass. ER Dr. told him if he had waited, we would need an Undertaker! It's a fact that Married men live longer…and now you know why! (My hubby says it just seems longer! LOL!)

MAYS 2011-02-05 19:20:13 -0600 Report

Very well said!
Glad to know that you are doing well, and that your test were all favorable.
A "Guy Thing" is the reason why we sometimes neglect our health.
I agree with all of the women posting here, you owe your wife something, so make it something special and memorable!

Take care of yourself, there is only one RAYT721.
This family wouldn't be the same without you!


Guardianstone 2011-02-05 17:18:06 -0600 Report

Rayt; I aught to kick your . . . Get down on your hands and knees and kiss your wifes feet. Then beg her forgivness.That said I pray you both are doing better. Hating doctors isn't just a guy thing. I have either a panic attack or anxiety attack EVERY time I go.
Now mother hen says 'follow your own advice' if you are having those type of symptoms get seen. Mother hen out.
Good news on your sugar, keep it up.
All our love, and God bless.
Guardian stone

P.S. Get her some flowers, or take her out to dinner.

CaliKo 2011-02-05 16:21:12 -0600 Report

What's the bad news? Thankfullly it sounds like everything is good! Wow, never spent the night in the hospital before — you've been very, very fortunate. I'm so glad you are okay. Hugs.

Nonna2Three 2011-02-05 14:04:35 -0600 Report

I'm glad everything checked out okay. I don't know that it is necessarily a "guy" thing. I don't think any of us want or like to be in a hospital, even for just visiting someone else. I have been accused of arguing with doctors about admitting me before. And, I don't really call it arguing, all I was doing was discussing all of the options and possibilities :D
Glad your wife insisted though, you know, just in case.

MewElla 2011-02-05 13:57:19 -0600 Report

So happy that you are o k and I know how scared your wife must have been. Just reading about your experience brought me back to my many runs to the ER with husband. It terrifies the whole family so thankful you are A-o.k. God Bless you and your family and take care.

EJMac 2011-02-04 23:20:37 -0600 Report

Good for your wife. Now you don't have to worry so much now that you got checked out.

petals 2011-02-04 23:18:49 -0600 Report

Glad that you are ok. But you MEN really do put off going to the doctor! My hubby does as well.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-04 23:03:39 -0600 Report

Glad you went to the hospital. It is good to know how your heart is doing. Hopefully you can make it another 52 years before you stay overnight in a hospital.