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C.bronco
04-15-2008, 10:52 PM
Here are symptoms: shortness of breath with any exertion, and tightness in the chest.

What might that mean?

bluntforcetrauma
04-15-2008, 10:54 PM
Get to the hospital now. Please.

C.bronco
04-15-2008, 10:55 PM
Not me, it's someone else. Are there many possible prognosises? (prognosi?)

bluntforcetrauma
04-15-2008, 10:57 PM
Heart attack. Anxiety (not likely). Pneumonia (doubtful). Get 'em to the hospital. Every second counts.

C.bronco
04-15-2008, 10:59 PM
He won't go until he gets out of work at 4:00.

C.bronco
04-15-2008, 11:01 PM
I'll let you know what happens tomorrow- I gotta run (meeting).

bluntforcetrauma
04-15-2008, 11:01 PM
Dammit! Work ain't worth it. Might be as simple (yet still deadly) as a clogged artery. A stint will fix that without invasive surgery. This is not time for him to stall. Please, call his boss, or something. His life is worth more than an hour or so of pay.

Yeshanu
04-15-2008, 11:06 PM
bft is right. Those are the signs of heart trouble, and if your friend gets to the hospital within a certain amount of time, there are drugs they can use to halt the damage. By the time he gets around to going on his own, it may be too late.

I'd call 911 right away, tell them what's happening. They may send paramedics to convince your friend to go to the hospital. Definitely tell the boss--he should know that one of his workers is potentially very ill.

sunna
04-15-2008, 11:15 PM
Could be a lot of things, some merely inconvenient - but considering how fast it can get bad if it's not just an inconvenience, it's always, always, always worth checking it out. Fast as you can, and saying "chest pain" will get you in damned quick, please drag his butt to the hospital.

nerds
04-15-2008, 11:16 PM
Call now, get help.

(I sent you a PM, as well.)

William Haskins
04-15-2008, 11:18 PM
if the symptoms are persistent, he needs to go to the ER.

if it comes and goes, he needs to see a heart specialist ASAP.

if there's attendant chest or arm pain, opt for the ER.

do not wait another day.

maestrowork
04-15-2008, 11:20 PM
Go to ER right now. It could be heart problem. Don't wait. It could be nothing, but better safe than sorry.

If it's a heart attack, any delay could cause insurmountable damages, even death.

NeuroFizz
04-16-2008, 12:51 AM
It's much better to have such things checked out when one is vertical, rather then horizontal. The prognosis tends to be much better.

C.bronco
04-16-2008, 01:09 AM
I did call his boss after I logged out this afternoon. They made him go to the ER.
I'll let you guys know what happened.
Hugs,
C.bronco

bluntforcetrauma
04-16-2008, 01:37 AM
Thank goodness.

Bravo
04-16-2008, 03:18 AM
i thought i saw you say that you were a nurse once...?

SpookyWriter
04-16-2008, 05:25 AM
i thought i saw you say that you were a nurse once...?I think he said "dead pan" and not "changing bed pans".

Slight difference.

Susie
04-16-2008, 05:44 AM
Sure hope your friend is better! Prayers and good vibes.

Sassee
04-16-2008, 06:56 AM
What happened with this? Is he okay??? My guess also would have been heart attack or panic attack.

Damned stubborn people.

Kerr
04-16-2008, 07:43 AM
I hope he's all right. I've been thinking about you all day.

maestrowork
04-16-2008, 10:31 AM
I did call his boss after I logged out this afternoon. They made him go to the ER.
I'll let you guys know what happened.
Hugs,
C.bronco

I hope he's okay, but if he's sick, at least he got help as soon as he could.

A friend of mine had chest pain just a week ago and he thought it was indigestion. The guy is a DOCTOR. Eventually his wife told him to go to the hospital because she thought he was having an angina. The doctor's wife knew better. He obliged. They did an EKG on him and it was fine. Then they did a stress test and he started to be out of breath and had severe pain. Eventually they did an angiogram and found out that two of his arteries were 100% clogged.

He had an angioplasty but if that didn't work, they may have to do a bypass. Scary.

So he could have been dead if he ignored his wife's plea. And he's a doctor. That's the ironic part.

The guy is 43 years old, by the way. Another friend of mine had a heart attack at age 40. So if you think you're too young and healthy to have heart problems, think again.

Jean Marie
04-16-2008, 03:32 PM
Men are stubborn when it comes to their health. Known fact.

Hope your friend is ok.

bluntforcetrauma
04-16-2008, 04:24 PM
Men are stubborn when it comes to their health. Known fact.

Hope your friend is ok.

We don't like thinking about our own mortality.

maestrowork
04-16-2008, 04:40 PM
We don't like thinking about our own mortality.

No, we just don't like doctors sticking their fingers in our butts.

Bmwhtly
04-16-2008, 04:43 PM
No, we just don't like doctors sticking their fingers in our butts.Advancing years spare us no indignity.

bluntforcetrauma
04-16-2008, 04:44 PM
No, we just don't like doctors sticking their fingers in our butts.

My doctor is a young woman and I would be embarassed. Maybe they do that just so we won't come back, thus controlling the population.

C.bronco
04-17-2008, 06:52 AM
On Tusday, I called his boss and they sent him to the ER. He had two stints put in today. I just got home a half an hour ago. 99% blockage in one artery.

Thank you guys for convincing me I'm not paranoid.
Hugs,
C.bronco
P.S. He did get a nice Brazillian before the cathaterization.

Soccer Mom
04-17-2008, 06:58 AM
On Tusday, I called his boss and they sent him to the ER. He had two stints put in today. I just got home a half an hour ago. 99% blockage in one artery.

Thank you guys for convincing me I'm not paranoid.
Hugs,
C.bronco
P.S. He did get a nice Brazillian before the cathaterization.


hey, a Brazillian ain't cheap! So that's what it takes to get insurance to pay for it.

But I'm glad he went to the ER in time.

bluntforcetrauma
04-17-2008, 06:59 AM
Good news. Give him a hug for me.

C.bronco
04-17-2008, 06:59 AM
Yeah, but they shaved; they didn't wax!

bluntforcetrauma
04-17-2008, 07:00 AM
Hug him up a little higher for me, say around the neck.

Jean Marie
04-17-2008, 07:10 AM
Uh, good thing you called his boss. Otherwise, he'd be getting a bit more than a brazillian about now.

C.bronco
04-17-2008, 07:11 AM
Okay! He has to stay immobile for 8-12 hours, and his leg is very sore. They put a sandbag on the area they cathaterized to keep it still.

bluntforcetrauma
04-17-2008, 07:11 AM
I waited too long to get my Dad help.

maestrowork
04-17-2008, 07:15 AM
Wow, two stents and 95% blockage. You did a great thing alerting his boss. He owes you a basket of bacon.

Kerr
04-17-2008, 04:40 PM
I nag my brother the same way, CB, long distance. Sometimes I think he calls because he knows I'm still one who really cares about him. Like sudden change in eyesight and extreme thirst. Me being the negative person that I am, explained that he needed to go ASAP to get his blood sugar checked for diabetes. It was. But it took a month and our nurse-sister's second opinion to get him into an office, then he started playing God with the medication. Men.

I'm so glad you took this into your own hands. Now, he's probably worried about his job, but at least he's still able to worry.

HeronW
04-17-2008, 08:07 PM
If his boss convinced him to go--then the job's okay.

C.bronco
04-18-2008, 04:40 PM
The boss called him in and made a coworker follow him to the ER. He's back home today. Thank you guys for your caring and support!
:e2grouphu

Appalachian Writer
04-18-2008, 04:46 PM
The boss called him in and made a coworker follow him to the ER. He's back home today. Thank you guys for your caring and support!
:e2grouphu

I'm glad to hear things are going well. Just keep him doing what the doctors tell him. Now that he feels better, he may just forget how sick he really was. Good luck.

maestrowork
04-18-2008, 07:41 PM
Tell him to lay off those cheesy fries! Actually, he will have to manage his cholesterol, etc. and take medication all this life. It's a wake up call for him. But at least he knows -- he's not as healthy as he thought.

HeronW
04-23-2008, 05:43 PM
Oh, & when he's feeling good, swat him for waiting so long to behave!