Friday, October 2, 2009

Another new experience...

I've got some new acronyms to add to my vocabulary, but they are not quilt related, and they are not nice! My second cataract surgery was scheduled to take place Wednesday this past week, but while waiting in line for the anesthetist, something strange happened. At first, it felt like the anesthetic drops placed in my left eye were migrating to my right eye. The nurse said that was impossible. Then the entire right side of my face went numb, I got light headed, and nauseous. I told them I was having some kind of allergic reaction. The anesthetist took one look at me and hollered at someone to call the EMT's. When he asked me to smile repeatedly, it finally dawned on me what he was looking for. He thought I was having a stroke! I remember saying, "Is this what a stroke feels like?" By that time, I realized my right hand was feeling a little like jello. I had no pain, and no other sensation other than numbness. Since I was next in line for surgery, the eye surgeon came out of the OR, told the nurse to tell the EMT's it was a possible CVA (I made mental note of it. New acronym. I had no idea and had to look it up on the internet later...Cerebral Vascular Accident!) My blood pressure was 200/107. Major stroke territory. I was so very glad I was in a medical facility when this happened. Oxygen, and IV were immediately administered by the anesthetist who first recognized my symptoms. To make a long story short, by the time I arrived at the hospital, things began to stabilize, BP still too high, but symptoms were subsiding. After a CT scan, carotid artery ultrasound, EKG, and blood work, I was diagnosed as having had a TIA (The second new acronym: Transient Ischemic Attack) Soon, Ken arrived, and the ER doc sent me home with lots of new prescriptions, and instructions to see my family physician. My next task (after seeing my GP) was to research all this stuff. TIA is very serious, and can be a precursor of major stroke. It is ALWAYS to be treated as a medical emergency because only a CT scan can tell the difference for sure. I'm now monitoring my blood pressure, and going in for a bunch more tests over the course of the next week to try to determine the underlying cause. Thank you, God, for looking after me. I'm so thankful that I was in the Eye Surgery Center when this happened. Even though my anxiety about the surgery may have exacerbated or accelerated the TIA, it has also called attention to something that was pre-existing, and now I can start intervention before anything BIG happens. (And had I been home when this happened, I may not have recognized the fleeting symptoms. I may only have thought of it as a fainting spell and probably wouldn't have called 911.) This was a blessing in disguise, but now I have to bring a doctor's note giving his permission for me to have the second cataract removed. Kind of like going back to school.


  1. Oh my goodness Elsie! I'm so sorry for all that you have been thru; but like you said, thank God you were where you were when it all came about! Definitely some "Divine intervention!" You take care and God's Speed.

  2. Hoping my followers will understand why there's not too many quilty things to write about in my life right now. I will keep blogging as the test results and things come in. We've got to know why this happened to prevent anything further from developing. Thanks for your concern.

  3. I pray that God will bless you with a speedy recovery. What a blessing to be where you were.