Not Planned

Many people had plans for New Year’s Eve. I didn’t. We haven’t gone out for dinner in years. I don’t like the crowds and I don’t like being rushed through dinner because others are waiting for my table. I am too old to enjoy being outside to watch a beer bottle being raised or a pickle or a bologna being dropped. Yes, these do take place around here.

My plans for the evening included a dinner at home: a nice salad, shrimp alfredo over cheese tortellini, a roll, and a nice glass of wine. It also included watching the ball drop in Times Square at midnight. What it did not include was a trip to the ER, but that is what happened.

Without going into too much detail let me just say that Thursday night around 10:00 I had a little incident that worried me a little, OK, a lot. It passed and I went to bed. Friday it seemed things had passed, but after lunch the problem started again. I called me PCP to see if I could get an appointment, but the office was closed. Kathy and I then decided that maybe I should go to the ER. We got cleaned up, dressed, and headed out. We got there around 4:00. I checked in and was told to have a seat.

About an hour later the triage nurse called be back to assess my condition. After explaining things she told me it would be a while before I saw anyone because of short staff and no available beds. I was told to have a seat in the waiting room.

Kathy and I found two seats that were somewhat separated from the other seats. and we waited, We waited. We waited. We sat through two Hallmark channel Christmas movies. I don’t want to offend anyone, but. when the third movie started I just couldn’t take it. It was now 8:00, I wasn’t called back, and after talking with the nurse I would not be seen by anyone in the near future. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame the nurse or anyone in the ER. They were doing the best with what they had.

I was feeling better, I was hungry, and I couldn’t take a third movie. I decided that I would go back home and call my PCP on Monday. I told this to the nurse and thanked her for being there. We went home.

I would have taken us out for dinner, but nothing was open so we came home. It was after 9:00 when we got back. Tool late to make shrimp alfredo. So, I checked the refrigerator to see what I could make. We had some leftover raw fried potatoes. We had bread. We had egg. So, I heated the potatoes, fried up some eggs throwing a slice of cheese on each egg, and made some some toast. Skipped the wine because that didn’t seem like the drink to go with eggs.

We did turn the TV on at 11:55 to watch the ball drop after which I promptly went to bed. So much for being a party animal.

I was fine all weekend. Yesterday I called my PCP and had a virtual meeting with her. She confirmed what I self diagnosed (with my vast medical background) the problem was. She gave me some guidelines to follow.

I do have my annual wellness check with her at the end of the month so we will see how things are by then.

Hope you had a better start to you New Year. Wishing you all health and happiness.

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14 responses to “Not Planned

  1. I’m glad you are okay and that you made it home in time to watch the ball drop! Wishing you a wonderful new year!

  2. Terje

    Good that things didn’t get worse and you finally were able to consult your doctor. Good that you met the new year in the comfort of your home. Good that your fridge wasn’t empty. Wishing you health, joy, fun and peace!

  3. I am glad you had an idea of what was going on and that it all ended up OK – and that you will see your PCP soon. Happy New Year to you and Kathy.

  4. We all know the adage of ‘man makes plans and God laughs’. Good that you met the stroke of midnight in the comfort of your home, not the craziness of a hospital. I’m with you on Hallmark movies, the saccharine(!), I’m not sure I could have stomached two of them. .
    Here’s to continued good health and an excellent New Year.

    • God must have had a good laugh. I am glad things worked out well and we got home. Although not shrimp, those potatoes and eggs sure hit the spot. Happy New Year to you.

  5. An ounce of caution wasn’t planned but that ER wait had the potential for heightened anxiety. Glad you could rise above it and have a mini celebration at home with Kathy!

    • It was a difficult decision to make to go to the ER with all that is happening. Glad we went even though I saw no one. Glad we got home to see the ball drop. Happy New Year.

  6. Glad you felt well enough to leave. I think a third Hallmark movie would have had me packing up too.

  7. I am glad you are fine. That waiting really tests our patience. When my husband was in hospital, we waited from morning to evening but the procedure was carried out. Take care.

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