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Friday, February 11, 2011

911 Fragments

Mommy's Idea

Ok, I promise that this will be the last of the posts having to do with my little adventure on Tuesday. But I still have random thoughts tied to the experience and thought what better way to use 'em up than in a Friday Fragments post.

On hospital food: After I got settled into my room in the cardiac observation unit, the nurse told me if I was hungry I could just pick up the phone and order room service. Given that my usual response to stress is to eat and that I hadn't eaten anything for about 6 hours, I thought that sounded like a great idea. Imagine my disappointment to find that chocolate frosted chocolate cupcakes were not on the heart-healthy menu in front of me! But I could have all the low-sodium chicken noodle soup, sugar-free gelatin and Diet Pepsi (ugh! Sorry, Uncle Bill) I wanted.

On faith: The hospital I went to was one I've been boycotting because of some bad experiences we've had there in the past, even though it is a Catholic hospital and I like to keep my emergencies within the flock. However, it was the closest one to the kids' school and given that I thought I might be dying or at least having a heart attack, I decided to let bygones be bygones. One of the first things I noticed in the observation room was a crucifix over the door. I was immediately washed over with a sense of comfort and peace. I knew I was in the right place. And for the record, the care I received was excellent.

On cutting the cord: One of the toughest parts of the experience was to be without my laptop for 12+ hours. God bless Mike for bringing it to me at 9:30pm. In the absence of the laptop, I made do with Facebooking and texting from my cell phone. Yesterday, catching up on e-mails from work, I read one from my boss to all our staff that said "Amy is making up for not having a laptop by texting six times as usual." Seriously, if I was without my laptop and my smartphone for that long, I think I'd have a coronary for real.

On potassium: My friend Beth is a dietitian. I was telling her that I didn't know how my potassium could be low because I'd had a banana for breakfast on Tuesday morning. She said that bananas don't really have has much potassium as people think. (Sorry Chiquita banana lady.) In fact, she said for potassium, you'd be better off eating a whole fresh orange. Who knew?

On with the show: When I got home on Wednesday, I did lay down to take a nap. But once the boys came home from school, it was business as usual. Mike and the kids did a good job of picking up the house while I was gone,  (I should be hospitalized more often!) but I loaded the breakfast dishes that were waiting there, went to school to pick Annie up from play practice, met up with my favorite camera dude at the grocery store on the corner to shoot another IN Shape Indiana segment, then went to the grocery store. When the doctor said I could resume my normal activities, I don't think he knew what I was in for.

On grocery stores and milk: I still have more Nature's Dairy milk coupons for you Central Indiana people. 

Thanks once again to Mrs. 4444s for hosting today's Friday Fragments. That's one thing that's always good for the heart. And if Friday Fragments don't give you enough of a lift going into the weekend, check out the great links on Boost My Blog Friday at Design it Chic:



Karen and Gerard said...

Glad you are okay and can do your usual hectic schedule again! Interesting tip about the bananas and oranges, thanks!

LifeBelowZero said...

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Anonymous said...

I know what you mean. I feel lost when I don't have my laptop and/or my EVO. Thank goodness for smart phones. Where would we be without them?!

Jene said...

Oh man, hospital food is the WORST! I couldn't imagine how much more horrible the heart-healthy options must be.

Glad you're back to your normal routines already!

CDScott said...

Thanks for the bit about bananas & oranges. That's news to me!

Loree said...

Hope you are feeling better! Ice Cream fixes everything for me(or I am convinced it does) follower, follow me back at :) Thanks and God Bless!!

sim only said...

Oh man, hospital food is the WORST! I couldn't imagine how much more horrible the heart-healthy options must be.

Glad you're back to your normal routines

Cyndy Bush said...

Yeah, hospital's 'room service' isn't anything fun. When I worked in the hospital we used to joke 'this ain't the Hilton'!
I'm so glad you're home & well.

mimbles said...

I'm always fascinated by the food "facts" that we think we know but which turn out to be not true after all.

I'm very glad that everything turned out ok!

qandlequeen said...

Adding my name to the WHO KNEW group about oranges and potassium! Take care of yourself.

Beth Zimmerman said...

So glad you're back to normal after the big scare! Every time Bert has wound up in the hospital I have had Josiah bring my laptop to me. And when we spent about 6 hours in the ER last time I wished I had stopped to grab it on my way out the door! Deprivation stinks!