May 04, 2015

First World Problems

Kvetching lurks below the fold. As compensation, here is a view of the most awesome transportation network ever...

Note Meteor Jr was actually a real project. Note too that the suffix "Junior" was because Goodyear had bigger things in mind. The math worked (though the third stage would have to be redesigned as re-entry issues were greater than supposed). Goodyear also was pitching Zeppelins for passenger and freight throughout the '50s. 

In addition to exam week, I've been a tad under the weather for a few days. Well, today I suddenly had difficulty breathing, my chest started to ache and I got a stabbing pain in my head as I headed to school ( I can't access by Blackboard account from home for some reason) so I zipped into the emergency room. I was immediately diagnosed with having a cold. My blood pressure was through the roof though, and the chest pains, headaches  and light headedness indicated an issue. A quick X-ray indicated that I had a viral infection that had moved into my lungs...a bad cold...which was making it difficult to breathe....and an anatomically incorrect protrusion from my heart. This necessitated a cat scan, which involved IVs. In the meantime, they hooked me up to an albuterol machine for two hours so I could break open the crud in my lungs and breathe. 

The CT scan revealed that I had a bone spur from my army spinal injury which was out of focus in the X-ray so it looked like a tumor. My heart was fine. The chest pains were due to the fact that I was working my lungs so hard to get air, and increasingly failing to do so. The BP turned out to be due to an allergic reaction to some cough drops. Another two hours with my face hooked up to the albuterol machine and I could breathe sufficiently well to go get my prescriptions and go home. 

Total time lost due to all these first world intrusions into my being was almost 6 hours. 

In the developing world I would have wasted no time on such annoying and uncomfortable matters and merely asphyxiated, possibly before the time of this posting. 

Civilization is awesome! (current zeppelin deficit notwithstanding)

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 11:38 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I'm not ashamed to say I was more than a little concerned when you texted me asking what my "heart attack" felt like. 

I'm glad the "thing on (your) heart" turned out to be relatively nothing... and I'm REALLY glad the giant growling donut line got you laughs.

But the thing I'm most glad about is that you're essentially okay.  Good call on the ER... you don't mess around when things are hinky heart-wise.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tue May 5 00:03:09 2015 (jGQR+)

2 Yay for doctors, and all the scientists, engineers, and technicians supporting their work!

Great diagnosis though.  You have a cold.  Also, maybe heart cancer. 

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tue May 5 03:32:22 2015 (PiXy!)

3 Yeah, that's one of those epic colds that anime heroines get, where they look like they're going to die for days and days. (Albeit colds probably do get worse, in a humid climate like Japan and in houses with no central heating.) Tell your body to stop taking cues from hurt/comfort anime relationships!

However, I have to say that an allergic reaction to cough drops sounds like no fun whatsoever, and I'm very familiar with fun viral infections in various bits of lung being no fun whatsoever.

The unfun bit about straining your breathing muscles is that they like to keep aching for a while after you're well. (Unless you got very good drugs in good time, so then your muscles can start to feel happier.) But it's a great excuse for long showers and baths.

I will not suggest any crazy home remedies from the lore of singers, because your allergified body probably doesn't want to try anything new right now.

I bet you're going to be mentioning that bone spur to a lot of X-ray techs in your life....

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue May 5 14:00:12 2015 (ZJVQ5)

4 Heating pad might help your chest, though. Menthol rub might help, too.

Do not combine menthol rub with heating pad, unless they are being applied to TOTALLY different parts of your body. (For example, menthol rub on the philtrum under your nose a la Scully, heating pad on your chest.)

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue May 5 14:02:24 2015 (ZJVQ5)

5 What a horrifying story.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Wed May 6 10:27:50 2015 (RqRa5)

6 And now the comment spammers are back, to add insult to injury (or illness, in this case).  As if you didn't have enough problems to deal with...

Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at Thu May 7 16:29:47 2015 (dzzLh)

7 I can't fix everything, but I can fix that.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu May 7 22:36:21 2015 (PiXy!)

8 How are you feeling? Update requested!

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri May 8 09:57:13 2015 (ZJVQ5)

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