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)