Thursday, May 20, 2010

nasty virus

I'm not talking about a computer virus, either.  
Cliff went to work as usual Tuesday; he hadn't been there long when he called to say he was sick, and needed to come home.  So our ever-faithful son-in-law came over and picked me up, and we went to fetch my husband.  Since he rides to work with someone else, he had no way to get home.  
Now, Cliff is never sick enough to miss work, so as soon as he called I started worrying... because that's my job.  My concern kicked into overdrive when I saw him looking pale as a ghost.  He crawled into the back seat, lay down, and groaned all the way home.  Not good.  
Neither of us got much sleep that night, thanks to Cliff's groaning and dry heaving.  Yesterday morning I suggested to him that we pay a visit to our doctor's office.  In my head I was thinking he ought to go to the emergency room (what if it's his heart again?), but I didn't figure he'd do that.  
I made an appointment with a nurse-practitioner, and we headed out.  The son-in-law was driving again, because Cliff felt too weak and nauseous to drive.  Weak and sweaty, just like when he was having heart trouble.  
It turns out, though, that there's been a vicious stomach virus going around; Nurse Joyce said their office has been overrun with people of all ages with this complaint for more than a week.  I mentioned to her that when Cliff's heart trouble first showed itself four years ago, he thought it was indigestion.  So she ordered an EKG, probably more for my benefit than anything else.  She told us to pick up some Mylanta on the way home (we never have anything like that on hand) and to let them know if he didn't start feeling better soon.  By the time she called in the late afternoon to check on him, Cliff was indeed feeling better, and actually dozing a little.  By late evening he was able to eat a bowl of cereal, and he slept soundly all night.  He's still asleep as I write this entry.   
I suppose the fear of Cliff's ticker acting up again will always be at the back of my mind.  I still lean over him occasionally when he's asleep in bed and listen for the sound of his breathing, just to make sure he's alive.  
Isn't that silly?    

13 comments:

Tawnya said...

I sure hope he feels better soon! No it is not silly to do that..

Hollie said...

No it's not silly @ all in my opinion. I'm so sorry that he's sick but so thankful that it's not his heart! Take care of that man of your's.

NERVES05 said...

NO MAM IT'S NOT SILLY AT ALL. I DID THAT WITH MY MOTHER THIS MORNING. SHE'S ALWAYS UP REALLY EARLY IN THE MORNING AND WHEN I GOT UP TO WAKE MY SON UP SHE WAS STILL IN THE BED. I LOOKED IN ON HER. FUNNY YOU SAID THAT CAUSE I REALLY DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING OF IT TILL NOW.
I GUESS WHEN SOMETHING IS OUT OF THE NORMAL. WE JUST WANT TO CHECK AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS OK.
NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.

I'M GLAD HE'S FEELING BETTER .

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is not silly at all. I remember the symptoms my DDH had just before he died of a massive heart attack and will never get over the fact that it was a lot more than indigestion. Glad Cliff is feeling better. That is quite a scare.

Lindie said...

Not silly at all. I think we always do that when we check on a sleeping loved one, whether it is a husband or a child.

Toon said...

Lumpy had the same thing last week. It took him three days to recover. It sucks!

madcobug said...

Glad that Cliff is feeling better now I hope you don't get it. It's not silly to listen to his breathing. It shows that you love him and are concerned about his health and safety. Helen

Ms Martyr said...

You definitely have cause to be concerned about Cliff's heart. I did the same thing last week (checked to make sure she was breathing) with a baby I was watching last week.

Anonymous said...

Not one bit silly..in fact, I would expect you to. He is forever on my mind if and when you say he may not be 100%. Taking care of him IS your job. And you do it well. :o)

Bnana

It's Just Katie! said...

My hopes are that this doesn't last long. Take care of you and yours always,
Katie

Ora said...

No is isn't silly...and for MY peace of mind I am happy to know you do it....!!! and happy also to know he is better...Mylanta might be good medicine but there is nothing like the TLC that wifey gives during times like this...God Bless and stay well...hugs...Ora

Astaryth said...

It's not a bit silly to check on Cliff. Heck, I've always done it with Geoff, although not as much since he had his sinus surgery. But before that he would sometimes 'skip a breath' when he was sleeping and usually snored. Now that he doesn't snore (hardly ever), I find myself checking to see if he is breathing :)

Joyful Days said...

Not silly at all. My youngest is recently diagnosed with asthma and I check him in the middle of the night a lot. I can always hear my husband sleep! But when he's on the road I worry a lot.