Part of Friday morning was spent at the emergency room.
Tim was having a hard time breathing and was having occasional pains in his chest/diaphragm. He did his best to deal with it on his own. He took a shower to clear out his lungs. He even went to the health club and sat in the hot tub.
Neither worked, and whenever he tried to lie down, he had to remind himself to breathe. Which isn’t really conducive to sleep.
We tried urgent care, but they told us they couldn’t perform all the necessary tests. So off to the ER we went.
Bright side: If you mention chest pressure/pain at check-in, they give you a bed immediately.
They hooked him up to an EKG, which looked fine. His lungs were clear. The blood tests came back normal.
His symptoms increase when he lies down, so they concluded that it’s acid reflux. Ya know, the same thing that Patches probably has.
They gave him some Pepcid. So he and Patches are now on the same medication. At least we didn’t have to make a special trip to the drugstore.
They told him not to eat within two hours of going to bed. He’s also supposed to take Tums before lying down, since GERD tends to worsen based on position.
The doctors didn’t actually tell him to cut out spicy foods, so we’ll just proceed with caution on that front. But he has decided to cut waaaaay down on his soda consumption. He self-medicates his ADD with copious amounts of Mountain Dew.
If he cuts down as much as he plans, it’s going to be a tough few days for both of us. Whenever he’s quit soda in the past, it’s been two or three days of blinding headaches. Plus severe grumpiness on his part — something that ricochets onto me.
We’ll have to figure out an alternate source of caffeine. Even with the soda, his ADD is pretty severe. Without it, he’s extremely scattered. It’s a pretty powerless feeling. I get a small taste of it when I’m extremely fatigued, since that causes severe brain fog.
He doesn’t like coffee, which would be too acidic anyway. Maybe we’ll invest in some more Zip-Fizz.
Anyone know of any other non-coffee, non-soda caffeine sources?