We have had numerous discussions in the past regarding “should I or should I not dial 111, 999 and or going to A&E, ED or ER”.
I have a tale to tell.
On Saturday night I went to bed as usual at about 11:00. Just after midnight I was woken by very bad chest pains rather like having a heavy weight placed on me.
Firstly I lay there for a few minutes turning from my side to my other side and on to my back. Nothing made it any better.
I was trying to think what could be wrong and after about half an hour when the pain hadn’t got any better I decided to wake my wife.
After a chat we decided that reluctantly I should ring 111 even though I had a pretty good idea what would be the outcome.
Unsurprisingly they sent an ambulance which arrived about 1:00 A. M. The paramedics were very understanding and said that they must take me to the hospital. The pain was no better at this time.
By the time I got to hospital the pain had halved and over the next hour it subsided altogether.
To cut the story of a very long night in A&E, 3 ECGs, an aborted very painful cannula in one hand and one in the other hand, blood tests, a chest Xray, and 2 encounters with blood soaked drunks, Iwas given a clean bill of health and sent home about 11:A.M.
Being most apologetic for time wasting I was firmly told by the doctors that I did exactly the right thing.
Not a pleasant experience, don’t know what happened to me it all seems like a jet lagged nightmare.
I should add that my poor wife, bless her, came with me to the hospital and like me had no sleep all night. She stayed with me until about 7:00 took a taxi home and then had to come back and get me. We both are still totally worn out.
All’s well that ends well I suppose.