Terrible way to wake, but he kept me calm by just being himself. He wasn’t hurting badly and I admire him for realizing he still needed to be checked out. We live in a small town and at that time in the morning there was no one else at the ER so they took him back right away. It wasn’t a heart attack, thank God, but he was having trouble with atrial fibrillation. When we got there the top of his heart was beating over 300 beats per minute – not good. They were quickly able to get the heart beat to normal after some meds, but they wanted to admit him for more tests.
They seemed absolutely amazed at his answers to their questions.
Do you smoke? No
Do you drink? In moderation
Any recreational drugs? No
What medications are you on? None
Ever been hospitalized? No
What surgeries have you had? Only wisdom teeth
Are you abused at home? Long pause… small grin… No.
Do you get any exercise? I help my father in the garden
Seriously there was no reason for this man to be having any problems!
I had to go into school for at least a little while and Nick told me to go on – he’s not one to want someone, even me, hovering over him. So while I was gone they did an ultrasound and a chemical stress test – both of which ‘looked good’ we were told.
As with most hospital stays it was mostly boring and when I got back I was so tired. Nick moved over in the bed and told me to lie down for a nap. I was too tired to argue and Nick and I were napping peacefully when Mollie got there. Mollie wasn’t sure she approved, but we just laughed at her.
She did think one thing we told her about the day was ‘precious’. Nick wears two hearing aids, but one of them is off being repaired. As we got him settled in his room he got the battery warning that the other one was going out. He really wouldn’t be able to hear at all without either of them so I took the battery out of my hearing aid and gave it to him. For some reason the story tickled Mollie – she felt it was ‘very romantic in a little old couple way.’