Quote from tokmom
Looks like hubby was correct.
Bad for the hypothetical lady though. It leaves me hanging. Anyone what to venture a guess on why? This is suppose to be interactive and since I'm just reading it by myself, I'll interact here.
They don't always have the SOB, cyanosis, etc..... I drove myself to the hospital (5 miles) thinking I was having a heart attack- yeah, I know- not a good idea for that either!!)....I was pink, no SOB, O2 sats ok on RA, ..... I'd had radiating substernal chest "pain" the night before, took 4 baby aspirin and decided to call the doc if I wasn't better in the morning
Well, i wasn't better
SO, I had 2 cigarettes (yep
), washed my hair, and tried to change to the new license plates on my car (had them, just not on)- but THAT did me in...just propped it up in the back window.
I got to the ED- they got me in immediately, found inverted t waves on the 12-lead, and started doing tests. Spiral CT showed multiple clots (acute, subacute, and chronic) in all three lobes of my R lung...Hmmmmm....I wanted to know if I could just run home and grab a few things and then get admitted (ok- so I wasn't thinking clearly
)....the doc looked at me like I'd just asked to swim to the moon and told me I probably wouldn't live that long. I was there for 17 days waiting for the warfarin to get therapeutic... found a nonspecific hypercoagulopathy.
My regular labs had been ok- it was the d-dimer and scan that clinched it- so if the lady hadn't had the "textbook" symptoms, a PE is still a possibility