Saturday, December 08, 2012
Heck of a Thing
I jumped into the car just as it was turning light yesterday morning and started off on my customary hour drive to town. I hadn't been on the road but about 15 minutes when I realized I felt a little off, Within ten minutes it occurred to me that I was a little headed. I rolled down the windows in the event I had a carbon monoxide leak, even though it was 24 degrees outside. I could see my breath. By the time I hit the half hour mark I was driving directly into the rising sun which is always difficult but I already realized that I had full-blown dizziness. The traffic had slowed and I was now alarmed that my reflexes might not be adequate. I decided I needed to get medical help. I left the freeway at Parr Boulevard, intending to drive myself to the St Mary's ER, but I finally had to acknowledge that it wasn't safe to drive that far and pulled over to call 911. Then I realized that I had just passed the Sheriffs Office and went back there.
They were awesome. It was really early so a lot of doors were locked but when I found the woman at the counter in the waiting area, I told me that I just needed to sit down, that I had been driving and but had become dizzy. She asked if I wanted her to call an ambulance and I said not at the moment. What transpired is that the jail nurse came up and made an evaluation, then called my doctor with her information. He said the blood sugar was normal, as was my heart rate but my pulse was elevated, probably as a result of my alarm. He diagnosed a viral inner ear infection, which he said was going around now. The very nice nurse and a deputy were prepared to stay with me until Ian came, but he called a friend who is head of records in the jail who came out to get me and had me stay in her comfortable office while I waited. She offered me coffee but the nurse told me that until it cleared up, caffeine would be a bad idea. I leaned this morning how right she was.
Somewhere in there I called Ian who snagged a neighbor to drive the extra vehicle home. He called the school for me and they were *not* happy. I was so disappointed - by everything. We missed the party at Red Rock Ranch last night. I missed my guild potluck today - a celebration of our 40th birthday with everyone in 70s attire - and we will miss a party tonight at Joe's pottery studio. I have medicine for the vertigo and nausea, have realized that caffeine is not my friend, and have settled down wait this out. My doc says I should feel better in a week,which means Ian is now my temporary chauffeur. I'm disappointed but not unhappy. The outcome could have much different.