Thursday, 27 October 2011

Respiration

Today I went through the terrifying experience of being taken too seriously by health care staff.

By "too seriously" I mean that it was scary and overwhelming and unexpected, not that they shouldn't have done what they did.

Long story very short: In the morning I went down to my local health care center for an appointment to check out a cold that I have had to and fro for over five weeks. The doctor kept asking me strange questions which made me understand she was thinking of blood clots, and sent me on to the ER. There they also thought blood clots (in my lungs, specifically), and so I got to go through the entire heart/blood clot checkup procedure.

Absolutely terrifying and I hope I never have to go through that again. And if anyone mentions contrast fluid and goes near my arm with a needle I'll run as far and fast as I can.

The conclusion is, luckily, that no, I don't have a blood clot nor heart problems, but I do have respiratory problems (which was the reason I came down there asking for help in the first place) and they are not caused by an infection. So more exams to come, trying to figure out why, and how to fix it.

The interesting thing about this is that normally in Sweden I expect to be met with a "stop wasting our time" attitude by HC personell.

I most certainly did not today. What I thought was a common cold was taken deadly seriously, and I got very thorough care, by very warm, caring, listening people (that were thoroughly stressed out but still took time to listen to me).

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