I went out for a run yesterday. cold Saturday morning. It was a half mile to the park where I was going to do some pushups, situps and jog. I didn’t get half way there when I was out of breath. I walked it the rest of the way. Then the Chest pain came; and then the numbness in my arm. I rested. I felt a little better. I thought to myself, "Maybe I should just go back and rest for a bit." When I got home, I didn’t feel any better so just as a precaution I call 911. By the time the EMTs get to my house, I’m feeling better. They run some preliminary tests and when they are all done, I’m feeling a lot better. The head EMT insists that I go in for more tests. Fine.
They run a battery of blood tests and say that although my cardiac enzymes are normal levels, there is something else that is an issue. The give me a chest XRay, CT Scan, Ultra Sound, and something else. All I can think of is going home. The doctor comes back and says, "Well…there is a problem. We thought from the blood tests that you would have clots but at first we couldn’t find them as they usually accumulate in your legs. You don’t have any in your legs. That is good. The bad part is that they are in your lungs. Both lungs. This is an extremely serious condition. 15% of sudden deaths are due to this. We are keeping you for a couple of days."
The doctors say I have pulmonary embolism. I have to stay in the hospital for a few days while they continue to do blood tests. I’m baffling them because I don’t fit the profile: (I don’t smoke, drink, I exercise regularly, I’ve never been in the hospital, no medical history, etc) they say I am a fluke. The medical regimen is not for the faint of heart. I have to take two shots of Lovenox a day plus a pill (Kumedin?). for a LONG time, possibly for life.