Today, I woke up with a headache. Not a migraine, just an all-over-eye-strain-didn’t-sleep-right headache. With the headache came a bit of nausea. Then my nausea got a bit worse. Then I started to get worried. Last time I had this headache/nausea upon waking it didn’t end well. That morning, back in 2013, ended with vomiting & my second ER visit for A Fib (atrial fibrillation). This morning was eerily similar.Read more
It has been a year since my short stint as a patient. Thankfully after undergoing a cardiac ablation in 2017, I am happy to report that I have been A-fib free for an entire year. This experience has been quite educational not only as a human that will probably use a hospital again sometime in my life but especially since I spend my working hours as a Nurse Practitioner.
I have taken care of many patients over the past dozen years. Each patient gives you a little nugget to tuck into your nursing ‘experience’ file and your knowledge base grows. You learn what to do, you learn what not to do. Truth be told, no matter how many years you have tucked in that experience file, it does little to prepare you for being a patient yourself. Read more