Last night during dinner Joanne sort of passed out. She wasn't out cold but couldn't lift her head, open her eyes or talk. At first I thought I would just carry her out to the car and drive her to the hospital, but the more I tried to revive her the more I thought, "Better get 911 involved in this one." So made the call and minutes later there were 6 really big guys standing in our dining room.
Joanne came to a little but was very confused about where she was and what day and time it was. I think she said she thought she was in her parent's camper! They loaded her up and we headed for Littleton Adventist, where Joanne spent a month of her life earlier this year. Sort of feels like a medical home away from home. It is strangely familiar.
I think there are things that we just get desensitized to. Hospitals are like that for me. After having Joanne in a hospital for five months, I feel a familiarity. The rooms are generally too small. The temperature is rarely right, and more often then not the chairs are uncomfortable and there aren't enough of them.
When Joanne got there the started blood work, and EKG and then wheeled her off to CAT scan. Thankfully everything came back normal. Obviously our greatest fear was another stroke or stroke-like event. But CAT ruled that out quickly. Thank God for medical technology that can tell in the space of 15 or 20 minutes what's going on in the brain. In fact, Joanne's CAT scan looks better than ever. Because she was in Adventist before they had copies of her old scans. The doctor on duty said that her scan last night was her best one by far and that her brain center-line shift looks to be back in place.
So, we stayed there for about three hours, and Joanne was able to wake up and answer some questions to the point the they were comfortable sending her home with us. Got her home, and she wanted a shower to "wash the hospital off her." After that we put her to bed but she decided she wanted a popsicle. She ate about half of it and was off to sleep. She slept through the night and was awake by 7. She is still rpetty confused about what happened.
We ahve a call in to her primary care Doc. She had recently added Ambien to help Joanne sleep so we're not sure if that had anything to do with it. Could be some dehydration. Could be...who knows.
Anyhow, I will keep you posted over the next few days as we seek some answers to this medical mystery.
1. Joanne is still very confused about what happened, which is a very bad feeling for her. Pray peace for her.
2. Pray that Joanne's Doc will have some good insight and advice about what to do or not do in the future.
3. Please pray for recovery for the family too. It throws us into a tail spin and brings back a lot of not-so-pleasant memories to be following an ambulance on the way to the emergency room! We all need to get our adrenalized heart rates back to normal.