Saturday, October 4, 2008

An Apple A Day...

You have all heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well in my case, an apple is a case for a visit to the ER. I was at work this week, enjoying lunch with some of my coworkers, eating my apple, when I noticed I was having a difficult time breathing- a piece of apple was stuck in my throat! I did everything I could to relieve the apple, but nothing was working. The charge nurse had Ashley and Liz take me to the ER.

After two hours, the pain was finally relieved. An IV was placed and I was given a hypoglycemic agent, which was supposed to work in 45 sec. Needless to say, after 5 minutes the apple was still stuck and I was having a harder time breathing. The nurse then gave me Nitroglycerin, hoping that it would relax all of my veins/arteries and allow the apple to dislodge; if that didn't work, I would then be sent to endoscopy.

As soon as the Nitro dissolved under my tongue, the apple dropped! It was so cool- I am still pretty excited about how quickly it worked! Luckily, I work at a hospital because the ER has served me well this year!

2 comments:

The Kings said...

Did I miss something in school, because I thought all you had to do was the hymlych (sp?) Glad you are okay!!

McDonald's - Life as WE Know IT! said...

Good Grief....who knew?! Glad you are okay! Also, we need you address for the ENR. committee! Will you send it to me! Thanks! mrmcd07@hotmail.com