The Saturday morning looked gloomy as it was raining the night before. It felt so good to be able to laze in bed and not having to get up so early and to beat the traffic jam to Raja Chulan as how the days have been. Cleaned the kitchen counter top, fed the furbabes, and was arranging the bread and tea for that simple brunch George and I were supposed to have.
But, the tightness in the chest was too painful to be ignored. Blackness started to envelope my eyesight and I felt as if there was not enough air that I could inhale. “Must be the hunger”, I thought as I proceeded to take a small bite of a bread.
The chestpain refused to go away. And so did the short of breath. Heart attack? Stroke? The only mental image I had was George and The Teenager crying over a dead body. I also realized that if I got wheeled in the emergency room, they nurses and doctors would know I havent visited my hair saloon, manicurist and wax saloon for a few weeks. Ewwwww…..! Funny how these stuff managed to crept up even when you are in pain.
Somehow I managed to carry the two mugs of tea to the living room where George was sitting. He must have sensed something was wrong and quickly insisted for that short drive to the hospital.
So, there I was. In the emergency room with ECG cables wired to my chest and nurses scurrying around with all sorts of gadgets and needles. I hate needles. Never like the smell of hospitals and certainly didnt like the fact that I may be rendered useless for the next few days if and when I were admitted to the hospital.
BP reading was sky high. George was busy sorting out the administrative issues. My poor husband who had to wade through some hopsital and insurance bureucracies that he was not familiar with.
By late afternoon, my room was sorted and I was wheeled in. Had to list out a few essentials for George to bring from home and reminded him that the weekend maid would be coming in on Sunday morning. The Teenager needed to be told. I knew he wasnt so keen to interact with the maid as there was usually a language barrier.