Details of the day:
9:00AM - I wake up without the pain on my side but coughing up more blood.
11:00AM - I call my surgeon - the one that performed the double hernia surgery - and he tells me to go to the ER IMMEDIATELY!
12:00 Noon - I arrive at the ER
12:30 - The CT scan reveals "moderate" Pulmonary Embolism in the left lung and less of it in the right lung. What the medical community calls a "Bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism".
Q: What can be done to fix this PE condition? A: Anticoagulant therapy.
5:00 PM - I am admitted to the hospital, room #507. A nice room, with a single bed and a view to the South side of Colorado Springs, where I can see Cheyenne Mountain - my favorite place to mountain bike. It's difficult to be in this room, under these conditions, looking at that mountain. :-(
8:00 PM - The on-duty doctor comes by to introduce herself and to tell me that she will only be looking at me tonight and that another doctor will be my primary caretaker during my stay, but he will be in tomorrow(Saturday).
11:30 PM - The wife, kids and grandma go home for the night. This is the first time that I've ever been hospitalized. I've had my ER experiences, but never have I had to spend one single night in the hospital. Being alone freaks me out a little bit. It finally hit me that I am HOSPITALIZED!
3:00 AM - I haven't slept a wink. The hospital room is not very quiet. In fact, it's incredibly noisy
My mind is racing and I can't sleep. I keep thinking how I brought this upon myself by not moving enough during the first days of my surgery.
Night turns into day.....and I haven't slept at all...