Helena, MT High 95 Low 56
Not Jim this time – my sister. Yesterday morning we were getting ready for church when my sister called and asked me to take her to Urgent Care. Her chest felt really tight and she was having trouble breathing. Also her legs were swelled up about triple their normal size. Not good.
We were the first ones at Urgent Care so they immediately took her back and started asking questions. Didn’t take them long before they came back out and told me they were taking her to the Emergency Room which is right next door.
I headed over to the Emergency Room and was only there about 10 minutes before they called me back to sit with her. Their first concern was her heart but they ruled that out after doing their tests. They took a bunch of blood and did X-rays and then a CT Scan of her lungs. She has had blood clots previously and that immediately became a big concern. They also wanted to check out her kidneys.
Most of the tests came out okay – no heart problems, no pneumonia, no kidney disease, no blood clots. But her lungs were not working real well. She had severe asthma as a child and her lungs just aren’t as strong as they should be. They gave her a nebulizer treatment which seemed to help.
After almost five hours of mostly just sitting waiting for test results, they released her with a prescription for a Z-Pac and an inhaler. She still wasn’t feeling good this morning and called her regular doctor. Got in to see him this afternoon. If she’s not feeling better by Thursday he’s going to put her on steroids.
At least I was smart enough to take my book with me.