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Gratitude

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In mid February, we had a gorgeous Saturday. DH went off to play tennis outside and I went for my first bike ride in a long time. We live so close to wonderful bike trails ( gratitude #1) that I only had to cross one street to spend 45 minutes pedaling through a lovely green belt park along a local creek. Never rode very fast as there were strollers, tricycles, bikers and walkers enjoying the spectacular weather. The only downside to our location is that the end of my ride is up a relatively long hill. My bike is a recumbent and if you don't get up enough initial speed, you can't balance. So I ended up walking my bike up the hill. However, the more I pushed the slower I felt I had to go as I was getting light headed. Just before the crest of the hill (by the way, I am in my neighborhood and on the sidewalk), I realize if I don't sit down, I'm going to faint. I put my bike in the grass and stretch out...I may have fainted, I'm not sure.
Soon I hear and see two women standing over me asking if I'm okay. At this point I'm pretty sure I'm not okay. After a few moments, they help me to their car. Meanwhile two men have stopped as well. They offer to put my bike in their truck and follow us to my house...about a block away. (Gratitude #2 an3). Realizing I will be alone because DH is still playing tennis, the younger woman escorts me inside, writes her phone number down insisting DH call her when he gets home, which he does within 15 minutes. (Gratitude #4)
As the afternoon wanes both DH and I are concerned about my continuing lightheadedness. After talking to my PCP, we take his suggestion and go to the emergency room. I am treated with respect, kindness, concern and empathy. (Huge gratitude #5) The decision is made that I should spend the night in case I need further tests in the morning. When PCP visits in the morning, he explains my experience as being a perfect storm of three conditions... low blood pressure, mild dehydration and an incipient bladder infection. I get antibiotics, take a much needed shower and go home. (Gratitude #6.)
Today my explanations of benefits arrives from our Medicare Advantage provider. The cost of this adventure reaches over $10,000. We are responsible for slightly over $80. (Gratitude #7)
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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Wow. Such awesome neighbors
    398 days ago
  • MRS_TOAD
    You are indeed very blessed. emoticon
    573 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/27/2017 10:50:12 AM
  • WORKOUTWITHPAM
    You have been very BLESSED! Thanks for sharing!
    HUGS
    Pam
    573 days ago
  • NASFKAB
    great to know you have had so much help loved your GRATITUDE blog felt so good reading it
    573 days ago
  • IAMAGEMLOVER
    I never knew that low blood pressure could be a problem. My BP is 90/68 The last storm we had in CT when we got 21" of snow I went out to clean off my car. There was only about 10" when I went out to clean it off, but it was around dinner time. I passed out face down in the snow. It was a good thing a neighbor was out walking her dog and saw me lying in the snow. She saw my bright pink jacket. It was a combination of low BP, empty stomach and mild dehydration.

    I am glad there were such good people that were willing to help you. Thank God for insurance.
    573 days ago
  • HMBROWN1
    Glad to hear that you are okay. Take good care of yourself!
    573 days ago
  • SUCHADIVA215
    Wow you truly have a lot to be grateful for! God bless you.
    573 days ago
  • LAURCAM13
    Thank goodness for awesome neighbors, your health and awesome insurance coverage!! Stay healthy!!!
    573 days ago
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