FOR FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT YESTERDAY I HAD UNUSUALLY PAINFUL SUSTAINED SQUEEZING PAINS IN MY CHEST ACCOMPANIED BY INDIGESTION. 6 TUMS LATER THEY WEREN'T GOING AWAY. AT 10PM I DROVE MYSELF BEGRUDGINGLY TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM INSTEAD OF STAYING HOME TO COLOR MY ROOTS.
Color the roots? Or go the the emergency room and see if I'm having a heart attack? Tough tough call. Especially if the latter doesn't work out. I've been through trying to dye a cadavers roots and it's no picnic. That's another story.
Turns out I'm OK! No heart attack! But I ask you... did I need this aggravation? Apparently yes.
I kept hearing the words in this blog I wrote, over and over in my head. BABES DON'T CALL 911 FOR THEMSELVES BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BOTHER ANYBODY. Only half of women having a heart attack will make the call to 911 to save their own lives BECAUSE women aren't sure if they are in fact having a heart attack. "
How the heck could I be sure? It could have been the guacamole and re-fried beans and tequila the night before, or a pulled muscle from carrying 100 pounds of crap in my purse, or the result of my very stressful week which included some other babe smashing into my happy little parked car and rendering it undriveable, or or or- OR it could be the real deal.
Then I remembered Joan Wimberly, a StillABabe (SM) member from Miami, Fla., who did n... Of course, if it wasn't for my nurse pal Mo who is our joke babe here, telling me to just go get an EKG I might not have gone.
ANYWAY, I 'drove' myself over to the ER rubbing my chest rather than bother anybody, and then parallel parked outside the hospital thinking maybe I'd just hang around out there until it stopped. Ha! I am so typical.
Women typically wait for the symptoms of a heart attack to go away, hoping they will be wrong! according to Lori Mosca, director of Preventive Cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Then I finally went in, ripped off my clothes for a handsome male nurse in bad lighting with bad roots, got an EKG, a chest X-Ray and a blood test. A babe nurse with perfect roots, delivered me a baby aspirin and Nitroglycerin to put under my tongue. I freaked out. Nitroglycerin? She said it would open the blood vessels around my heart.
I laid there stunned waiting to feel the Nitroglycerin, while some guy on the Travel Channel above my head helped a tribe somewhere kill a goat.I was good to go by 2:30am with a piece of paper that said Chest Pain Non Specific. Not due to serious heart or lung problems. Most often this type of pain is caused by minor injuries, muscle strains, inflammation of the chest wall tissues, or indigestion.
Ok I thought , How close is McDonald's? I am so typical.
Was I glad I went. Yes.
Official Babe Rule For Chest Pains : All bets are off if you have chest pains and are not sure if you are having a heart attack. Get yourself checked out rather than make a mistake and check out.