A little Scare…

Well just an update for those of you that have heard that I had to make a trip to the ER last night.  When we returned home last night from picking up our kids after one of their activities, I suddenly started to feel short of breath. My heart was irregular, my whole body was shaking, and I felt as though I was going to pass out.  I monitored my heart rate and oxygen for a bit and my heart rate was continuing to go up and down but oxygen remained normal.  I was just very worried, as I’ve never had any heart or health issues in the past.  I could also not “catch my breath” very well and being on the verge of passing out, we made a trip to the ER.  After many tests and the only possible sign to the MD is that I may be dehydrated, I received an IV and she ran some blood tests to realize that my potassium levels were “extremely low.”  I guess that shortness of breath, heart palpitations/irregular heart rate, and feeling of faintness are all signs of low potassium levels.  I had my husband look up good sources of potassium and some of them listed were: avocado, tomatoes, peanut butter, bananas, potatoes, etc.  These are things that I eat almost every day (minus regular potatoes, as I eat sweet potatoes) so I am just still wondering why my body was so low on potassium.  The nurse then came in with 7 (very large might I add) pills of potassium.  After I took these potassium pills and sat there for a while, my heart began to feel more “normal” and we were soon on our way home.  After a good nights sleep, I feel much better today but at times still have trouble “catching my breath.”  Thanks to everyone who knew about it and were praying for me throughout our little visit.  As it was a quick issue, I know that we did not get word to everyone but I am thankful for your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you, Brian and Itza, for making a quick trip over to watch our kids and making it possible for my husband to be with me at the ER.  Funny how our world can be turned upside down in just a moments time!   I am thankful that God is always there for comfort and that my life is ultimately in His hands.

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2 thoughts on “A little Scare…

    • They are not sure….they just said to follow up with my MD and gave me a prescription for potassium supplement. I’m still trying to figure out why it was so low when I eat tons of foods with potassium. Maybe my body was not holding onto if for some reason. When we looked it up…these signs that I was having were symptoms of low potassium. Thanks for thinking of me Mel!

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