2 Ambulance Rides, 2 ER Visits Later
I think we're done. Let me tell you about my Monday, yesterday. Spoiler Alert: this ends well. We're all safe, fine & listening to ELO right now.
- •1130amHusband calls to tell me he's in the ER & doesn't remember how he got there.
- •1131amPanicked calls/texts confirming Husband had arrived at the ER, is safe & okay.
- •1145amTell colleagues that I have to peace out & get my kid
- •NoonHave put things in order on my desk, turned on Out of Office, leave to get Lil
- •1220pArrive at Lily's school. Her therapist expresses concern & I'm all like "I'm fine". We leave to go to the hospital.
- •1232pNose & throat start to go numb - I am driving.
- •1235pChest starts to constrict, shooting pains down arms, can't breath, hands start to curl upon themselves uncontrollably. Panic builds.
- •1240pPull over, turn on hazards. Call 911 because I legit feel like I'm on the verge of blacking out/suspect am having a heart attack & I'm driving & MY KID IS IN THE CAR.
- •1243Telling the 911 operator what's happening (my daughter is def scared in the back seat because she echoes what she hears when she's scared: "My name is Rachel! I'm 32! No I can't breathe!")
- •100In the ambulance & I'm trying like HELL to calm the actual fuck down. Meanwhile Lily is charming the police & the paramedics -she's playing Minecraft on her Kindle with them. They gave her a teddy bear whom she named Bandage.
- •200Decided it was in the best interests of all parties to bum a ride from the ambulance to the hospital we were headed towards anyway. Lily sings to me & tells me it will be okay. She is so brave my heart almost explodes due to pride..
- •500Shit, they're finally discharging us, but Husband's car was left at his office & mine is on the side of a highway in Wayzata.
- •600We've both been discharged. One of Husband's sisters came through & we've managed to procure both cars. Pretty much arrived home by now. Are slightly hungry.
- •630I'm at the grocery store to pick up something for dinner, staring at the milk going "How the actual fuck did I get here". Queue the Talking Heads.
- •Moral of the storyThe Mind is a very powerful thing. Do not underestimate it. Also, you are tougher than you think. Hang in there. I love you.
- •24 hours laterHere's hoping we maxed out our deductibles this year. 2 ambulance rides? I'm feeling confident in that. The American healthcare system is a fucking joke.