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August 7th, 2019

I'm not dead yet

Last night my body scared the hell out of me. Twice - at 11:30 and again at 3am when I'd get up from lying down and walked into the kitchen, I had an all-over sort of tingling pressure feeling and then my stomach would start to HURT and I broke out into an all-over cold sweat. I very seriously thought I was dying and that I needed to get to the ER right then (of course panic/anxiety-prone folks like me get that feeling a lot so I always have to take a moment)

Before I could give anything to the kitties, each time this happened, I made my way back to the living room and sat on the couch and after a minute or two, the feeling would subside and I could resume what I was doing. But GEEZ.

My regular doctor is out until Friday but I got a call from the doctor in the group that's subbing for him. She eased my mind that if I was having a stroke or a heart attack that I'd still be feeling awful now. Her thought is that I had a sudden drop in BP possibly from an inner ear infection or another issue. My stomach generally acting up lately (still can't eat lettuce) may likely be gastritis which could also affect this. Her advice is that I need to get up and turn super slowly and to take my BP and if it's low, to stop my Enalapril to every other day. I already had a regularly scheduled appointment with my doctor on Monday so as long as this doesn't keep happening, I'll address it with him.

I also have instructions to eat soups, drink plenty of water and take it easy. Also, yeah, the large drop in weight could also be messing with the BP which is why I need to get out my monitor and check things when I get home.

But if it picks up in frequency or intensity, she says to get into an urgent care to get checked out.