ER & ICU Experience
On Tuesday 7th of August, I woke up at about 7.30 am. as usual. But there was something unusual to my feeling. I felt neck pain, which I thought it was different from muscle pain caused by falling from the pillow. Such a pain radiated up to my jaw, and down to my shoulder, the ulnar aspect of my left arm, and finally my chest. As a result, I had breathing difficulty. Moreover, I felt cold and sweaty. From my knowledge, the above symptoms must be related to heart attack. However, I consoled myself that it might be a normal pain caused by hard working, and it might be released and I should have been back to normal soon. An hour later, the pains seemed to be rising without any signs to fade away. I decided to call my elder sister-in-law who lived next door and asked her to take me to the nearest hospital. After arriving at Mayo Hospital, I was sent to ER (Emergency Room) for first aid. As far as I could remember, I saw nurses and doctors standing around me since I was still conscious. I heard one of nurses calling for Dr. Pairoj, whom I discovered later a cardiac specialist. He gave me some pills to take, and followed by a needle of medical injection at my abdominal surface. After that, I was sent to X-ray room to have chest X-ray. At this moment, I was lying on patient bed with saline intravenous for shocking prevention and oxygen tube in my nose. Besides one saline intravenous line injected on my left back hand, there were other two lines stuck on my head, two on my ankles, four on my chest and abdominal surface, and one on my left handed middle finger.
After spending about an hour in ER, I was then moved to ICU (Intensive Care Unit – not I see you). The first test I received was EKG (by an Electrocardiogram). As per the doctor told me, the result of EKG test indicated that I had irregular heart beat from one of four chambers. To make sure that I had a heart problem, another test was done by an Echocardiogram. As I was told by the doctor, this Echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. While the doctor was performing Echo test for me, he kindly explained the test result step by step in details so that I could understand what my problem was. The diagnosis that he gave me was called ‘Acute MI or Myocardial Infarction Likely’. Oh my God, how could this happen to me? To the best of my knowledge, I understood that I was not in the risk factors of heart disease. I didn’t smoke, I was not suffered from DM (Diabetes Mellitus), I was not considered obesity, I was not alcoholic. Perhaps, the precise cause of my heart problem was from Hypercholesterolemia, which I had never known before.
Fortunately, the doctor told me that the treatment of my problem did not require any operation. The treatment could be made by taking some medicines to reduce blood total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, to increase HDL cholesterol levels, and to control hypertension.
However, I had to be confined in the hospital for 3 nights so that the doctor could monitor and observe the progress of the treatment. During the time I was lying on the patient bed, there were many things coming up on my mind. One thing I can realize is the fact that life is too short. No one knows when he or she will die. Sometimes, live and die is separated only by a thin line. The chance of staying alive and die is 50/50. I always keep saying to myself that I cannot die, and it’s not the time that my life is taken away. I must stay alive because I have so many things to do. So, from now on, I will live my life with care and caution so that I can do everything I’d like to do before I have no chance.