What do you do?
Hello all! My name is Michael Schaap and I am new to this group. Actually, I think I posted a few times when I got my unit. Here's the question.... what do you do when your defib unit goes off? I am VERY CONFUSED as to what to do.
Last Wensday I had what I thougth was the flu. Came home with body aches, chills, shacking, sweating like crazy, you know the symtoms. Crawled into bed and fell asleep. Then what happened is I thought my defib unit fired. Heard the big BOOM and woke up as it started the daylights out of me. All the flu symtoms was GONE. I called my on-call doc and he said to go to the ER since I had the flu symtoms as well as it firing.
I got the the ER and was admited with no problems... hell I did not even have to wait. RN said my heart was racing and I needed to be admited to the ER till they found a room. That was 10:30pm on Wensday. 3am on Thursday finally came and still nobody had interrigated the unit. I sent my wife home. 7:30 am came rolling around and I finally talked to a doctor. Nobody had interrigated the unit yet.Wife came back... VERY PISSED. And like all wives you dont want to piss her off... so she did some 'interrigating' herself... with the RN. That was 10:30am. She left for some lunch came back like at 2pm... still nobody interrigated the unit :( She really went off on the nurse this time so the Heart Institute was paged again (was like 3rd time from what they had told us). Oh and by this time the "Patient Advocate" showed up. She was a joke if ever there was something funny about a Patient Advocate. She listened to us to what has been happening, then defended the hospital with every BS excuse she couldl think of. Including that a doctor is needed to interigate the defb unit! 4pm on Thursday came rolling around and they finally showed up to interrigate the unit. It had not fired. Nothing. I explained her what happened. That I thought I had the flu and all symtoms disapperaed after what I thougth was my unit firing... but she said that it did not register as a firing. The unit as she sees it was working perfectly normal. She also told us an interesting this... her hours are from 7 to 3pm. The first time she had been told I was lieing there was at 2:30pm!
While she was still working the RN came in... we found a room for you she said. Why do I need a room.... it did not fire.... why am I even lieing here for 16 hours? She said that my doc had admitted me and I'm off to the second floor. They hooked me up on the second floor and all... doc came in and asked me WHY ARE YOU HERE? This is the SAME DOC that they had told me had admitted me?!?!?!
He told me that the blood test showed my potassium low. It was 3.2 and he wants me to be at 4. Also my heart was still beating too fast... like... 105 at that time. Well he found no reason for me to stay and I was in a car heading home an hour later. I had a follow up apt with him the next day anyways (was already schedualed).
Found out by myself why my heart was going fast. For some reason and I still cant figure out why, I had not been taking my coreg. It had just slipped past me.... cant find bottle or anything. Called CVS and they said the last time I filled it was SEPTERMBER 13TH! Whch means I had not been taking it for almost 2 MONTHS?!?!
Where I stand now: I'm back on coreg. Had a follow up apt and he is concerned about my potassium as well as my blood sugar levels so he had me go for another blood test. Find out more next week.
Back to the original question.... what do you do when your unit fires? The RN and on call doc says to go to the ER when it fires. The person who interrigated said to wait for it to fire 3 times. Boy that will be a lot of fun. My doc says to come in after the first..... oy... very confusing.....