Monday, June 18, 2007

Dr. Google

Saturday night at around 1:00am I woke up. I had a pulling pain in my chest. Then this cold, tingly feeling crept from my right shoulder down to my hand. My heart was racing. I felt REALLY, REALLY not well. I got out of bed, and wanted to go get some water. My heartbeat was faster than it has ever been, and as soon as I got up, I started feeling very faint. I thought something was SERIOUSLY wrong. I was convinced I was dying.

I shook Jeff awake "Hey! We need to go to the hospital. I think I'm having a heart attack, or a stroke." I threw on some clothes. Jeff was very groggy, but jumped out of bed. I held his hand to my chest, and said, "my heart is racing, I feel like I am going to pass out."

He quickly got dressed. I got my wallet out of my bag, and went down the hall.

I started thinking that it would just suck to have to pack Travis into the car, and go to the ER. I told Jeff to chill for a few, and I got some water. Slowly, I starting feeling better. After about 15 minutes, I felt mostly normal.

I apologized to Jeff a million times, and we went back to sleep shortly thereafter.

It bothered me all day yesterday... even as we were out and about. I profusely apologized to Jeff throughout the morning, and he kept assuring me that it was ok.

We hung out with my dad, and went to the water park, then came back here and grilled a tri-tip.

After he left, I Googled. I Googled "Mold Spores and heart racing", remembering how my Chiropractor was convinced that mold spores cause insomnia. Anyway, I don't know how I came upon it, but I Googled, and surfed, and finally found a site.... and as I read my symptoms verbatim:

* “Racing” heart
* Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
* Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
* Sense of terror, of impending doom or death
* Feeling sweaty or having chills
* Chest pains
* Breathing difficulties
* Feeling a loss of control

.....I realized what happened. I had a panic attack. In the middle of the night. Wacky, huh?

I have no idea what caused it, and it's never happened before.... so, I am just confused now.
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1 comment:

hollibobolli said...

I am so sorry. I have them all the time. They suck - especially when you can't tell if you're dying - or just having a panic attack. And the numbness in the fingers really freaks me out.

HUGS!! Maybe you're just really tired. That can cause them. Your body can panic when you aren't.