We were up at 5:45 am this morning to go to a 7 am appt with the Oral Surgeon a half a mile from here. Clark needed to have two molars pulled. In the waiting room Clark was given a valium and was told to chew it and drink water. Then the aid took him to have his teeth pulled. About 20 minutes later the assistant came back out to the waiting room and told me that they were not going to pull the teeth.
Clark’s blood pressure and pulse were too low: BP = 98/57 with a pulse rate of 49. The Oral Surgeon is also an MD and he wanted to know who Clark’s doctor was. He called Clark’s internist and they concluded that they should call 911 and take Clark to the ER. A fire dept. ambulance came as well as a fire truck with a total of 6 EMTs. I rode in the front seat of the ambulance and Clark was on a gurney and we arrived at Sutter General Hospital about 8 am.
They did an EKG and a chest X-ray. A few hours later the ER doctor said that Clark had a-fib. And they were calling for a cardiologist and they were going to admit Clark to the hospital. Another hour or so later the Hospitalist doctor came by – (a physician and especially an internist, who specializes in providing and managing the care and treatment of hospitalized patients).
Clark recognized the doctor’s name as being a doctor who attended Clark’s wife when she was hospitalized 13 years ago! The doctor remembered the name Muldavin. The Hospitalist said that atenolol, one of the medicines which Clark takes for high blood pressure, can cause lowering of the pulse rate. So, maybe the cardiologist will adjust the medicines.
In the late morning, Clark’s oldest son, Jim, arrived. Then a little while later, daughter-in-law Anne come to visit. She is the wife of 3rd son, Dan. Soon after, 2nd son Scott arrived.
Clark in the spacious ER room surrounded by Anne, Scott, and Jim.
Clark feels fine and had no idea of any heart problems.
Anne, Scott, Clark and Jim.
In the late afternoon Scott gave me a ride to the oral surgeon’s office where I picked up Clark’s car which we had left in the surgeon’s parking lot. About 6 pm I went back to Sutter where Clark had been moved from the ER to a hospital room. He was in the middle of having a dinner of chicken, sweet potatoes, and green beans. Clark was hungry, not having eaten since 8 pm the night before.
A little while later Jim showed up with wife, Debbie. And soon after that son Dan arrived. The cardiologist never did show up, so maybe that is a sign of a non-emergency event.
Dan, Jim and Deb with visitor passes bearing their driver’s license photos.
The day took a very different turn from our plans.