I thouhgt I was going to die.

by James
(Duluth, MN)

So, to set hings up, here is what had happened the previous day and the day of the attack. The day before I was working on my house getting it ready to sell. My wife was helping me and was overcome by a sudden sickness. She was off in bed trying to get the vomiting under control. I was touching up the exterior painting and my 5 year old was "helping" me. She wanted to sweep off the side walk so i went inside to get a broom. When I was inside I heard a crash and she stared to cry harder than i have ever heard her cry. We brought her to the hospital and My wife went. They were BOTH admitted to the ER. Daughter, broken arm, Wife, IV and anti Nausia drugs. Home at 1:30 AM and little to no sleep that night. The next day was stressful. I had to stay home and take care of them. Later in the day I was working on the bathroom when my wife talked about all the stuff needing to get done before the showing. Then it started.

I felt a little dizzy. Then I felt super dizzy. I noticed my visual perception was distorted, images were wobbly and stretching out. I didn't know what was happening. My breathing started to speed up and my hear started to race. I tried walking around and seeing if it stopped. No, it got worse. I went down on my knees and told my wife I didn't feel right. She got her BP wristband checked my vitals. My BP was VERY high, dangerously high, my pulse was that of someone doing intense cardio, but I was sitting on the floor. I felt like my breath was gone. I could not catch up. I wanted to pass out. I thought I was having a heart attack. i laid on my back and took long deep breaths as apposed to my shallow fast breathing i was experiencing. I started to feel better after about 10 min, but not 100%. about an hour later I had another attack and took my BP again. it was better but not normal. The next day I felt on the verge of another attack most of the morning. I hope I never feel that again. None of my attacks have ever been like this.

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