Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Larry in emergency room after chest pains subsided greatly, doesn't look too...

After he was moved to his room on the 3rd floor Tawnia...

He took his oxygen off so that it wouldn't scare her, the...

Ok Daddy, breathe deeply but don't talk....

Aunt Bonnie, I need to take Daddy's temperature, ok?

Uncle Larry is here to check on my daddy too...

I don't know what she said here!!!

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We had a pretty scary afternoon. Tawnia called to say she was at the hospital with our son Larry. Apparently he woke up about 3am with severe chest pains. He also had a pain radiating across his shoulder & down his back to the shoulder blade. As well as a bad headache. He tried to ignore it for awhile (bad idea, I gave him heck for that one!) and finally let Tawnia convince him to go to the Emergency Room.

They rushed him into the back & did an EKG. It didn't come out very well so they ran another. As well as an echocardiogram. They hooked him up to monitors, IV's, oxygen etc & called a cardiologist in for a consultation. They also did lab work & scheduled an operating room. First diagnosis was a heart attack. But after further examination they finally decided it wasn't a heart attack but possibly Pericarditis, an inflammation of the pericardium. The pericardium is a thin, two-layered, fluid-filled sac that covers the outer surface of the heart. It shields the heart from infection or malignancy and contains the heart in the chest wall. It also prevents the heart from over-expanding when blood volume increases, which keeps the heart functioning efficiently.

Pericarditis is usually acute – it develops suddenly and may last up to several months. If you could see and touch it, the membrane around the heart would look red and swollen, like the skin around a cut that becomes inflamed. Sometimes excess fluid develops in the space between the pericardial layers and causes a pericardial effusion (buildup of excess fluid around the heart).

Chest pain symptoms associated with pericarditis can be described as sharp and stabbing (caused by the heart rubbing against the pericardium) and may increase with coughing, swallowing, deep breathing or lying flat. Other symptoms may include pain in the back, neck or left shoulder and difficulty breathing when lying down. These symptoms all fit Larry to a T. So, they have admitted him for tonight, will be doing more tests in the morning and we'll know more later. His blood work is a bit confusing as apparently his white count should be different than it shows if it is a viral infection. So, they are not quite sure about a definite diagnosis yet.

We stayed for seven hours, long enough to feel reasonably certain that he isn't in critical shape. Tawnia finally ran home to pick up Jasmine so that she could come see her daddy. She was quite concerned about her daddy's boo-boo. But she certainly picked up his spirits when she arrived! She brought her stethoscope along to check out his heart for herself, too cute. Boy do we love that child! I had my camera in my purse so I took a few pics of her examination of him. So, that's it for now. We're tired but certainly feeling much calmer than when we raced out of here earlier today. Time to hit the sack, we'll be heading back to the hospital in the morning. I'll post a short update when we get home. Thanks for checking in, goodnight.....



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