Today I went out for lunch and ended up in ER

My rescheduled lunch with Andrew Hamilton of the "that's not a calve injury, that's DVT! didn't really go to plan today.

A short ride into Rundle St from work. I was ahead of time I just took a nice cruise along the river and even stopped to take a call from Ashleigh Moore. Parked the bike, showed Andrew the Icebreaker winter riding stuff in Paddy Pallin, walked down to a cafe, sat down. Andrew recounted his horrifying story of his DVT two weeks before on the morning we were supposed to meet up.

Then "sorry mate, I don't feel so well" and promptly keeled over blacking out for 30 seconds or so and coming round to find an off duty doctor and two nurses looking after me (the benefits of eating near the RAH).

I came around slowly and sat back up. The ambulance was called and after some obseravtions was taken to the RAH for an afternoon being hooked up to machines.

The reason? Not really sure. Probably was a low blood pressure event topped off with dehydration. I'd ridden my son to school the work and forgotten my bidon. Did a morning's work and then into town. It was a hot day and I probably didn't take in I needed more fluids.

"drink before you're thirsty, eat before you're hungry" to quote Durian Rider and others. I didn't get to eat lunch and got put on a drip instead! I did get to learn my resting heart rate though.

So I feel fine now, except for that weird feeling you get from sitting about an ER all afternoon after having a turn. This also comes after a fall at training on Tuesday when my bike dislodged from the trainer and I fell hard on my side. I've been feeling worse each day since. Possibly related but more so I needed to take a break.

Thanks to the two nurses on their day off (and hung over) for helping, the ambos who are always great - one, John, was a very keen cyclist (B grade racer on a Trek Madone). He said the colour was coming back to my face talking about cycling! Also the RAH people were great, my wife who had to come and get me, Andrew-- sorry mate, we'll reschedule again.

... and I had a leave pass this evening to go for a ride too (sorry Simon, but I did see you heading off). Now to go an peel off all the ECG tags... ouchies!


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Comment by RD6 on February 25, 2011 at 18:59
what a way to finish off the "working week" ! Rest up mate
Comment by Teddles on February 25, 2011 at 19:06
Sorry, did you say 'Hung over nurses' ? When does that ever happen ? :/
Comment by Gillian on February 25, 2011 at 19:22

Must be the day for it. I did a swan dive walking back from the shops today. Some elderly gentleman eventually saw me sitting on a wall looking rather pale and kindly drove me home. It's a 5 min drive but 25 min walk in the hills. Obviously it's too early post-op to be trekking around the countryside in the heat.  I spent the rest of the day horizontal with a couple of litres of water.

Some taxi driver is going to be really p***ed off with my short fare next time I run out of milk!

Comment by Baron Von Thierry on February 25, 2011 at 19:28

Gotta be careful....  Had a bit if a weird one myself on Wednesday. Started off quite strongly up the freeway, by the time I got to the dog kennels I was feeling tiredish, but kept on pushing. But by devils elbow, I was suddenly feeling really lethargic. Slowed it right down and kept on going, really couldn't put any effort in. Chest feeling a bit tight.. but nothing I havn't felt before. By the time I got to the bollards, I was literally drained and had to stop for  lie down - never had to do that b4, even when grossly unfit.. One new thing was a weird sensation in my neck & shoulders..  not sure what that was about..   anyway, cruised gently home, told the missus about it, and being the ex nurse she is, reckoned it could have been a mild heart attack. Took yesterday off, but posted the fasted time for ages up Windy hill tonight and feeling fine....

Anyway at 50 can't be taking chances, so booked in with the doc for a checkup on monday

Comment by David Gardiner on February 25, 2011 at 19:35

Gus, take it easy and keep some Gatorade around.....I have found it very difficult to keep hydrated this week despite drinking a lot of fluids.  Check-ups are good, plus there is a head cold bug floating around at the moment that seems to go for the inner ear (well, that's my excuse...)

Comment by Dahondude on February 25, 2011 at 20:10

Hi Angus

wow, hope you are OK and take it easy for a few days. Treat it as tapering.....

Ditto, Gillian and Baron. You cant be too careful!


Angus, I'm guessing you will be a scratching for the Dogs Bollards






Comment by Gus on February 25, 2011 at 20:28

DahonDude, no not after reading these other cases. I feel like a total cry baby! Patrick, passing out and waking up in ER! Gillian, sorry to hear about you.. it was warm. Baron... um a little heart attack? Isn't that like being a little bit pregnant?

Jim it's 63.

My main discomfort is coming from my fall on Tuesday. It seems to get getting worse before getting better.

Comment by The Sports Pharmacist on February 25, 2011 at 20:38

Drink, sleep, repeat.

Look after yourself Angus (and everybody else), especially when it starts to get a bit warm and sticky like it has been recently.

Comment by Don Plush on February 25, 2011 at 20:51

Hi 'Gus

Hope you are ok - take it easy.

Cheers Don

Comment by heather on February 25, 2011 at 20:55

Baron, posted recently on AC when a mature Adelaide cyclist stopped forever on a hill. So might be advisable for AC members to carry a mobile phone and know the symptoms of heart attack. Not so well known is that nearly as many women as men have heart attacks, and their symptoms can differ.

Recently Adelaide had some summer rain and exceptionally high humidity. I cycled gently into town (for a coffee with a cyclist among other things). Before I got home, had emptied my water bottle and 600ml carton of flavoured milk, and feeling the effects of dehydration. Had not counted on the effect of high humidity. So since then I have set off with 2 bottles of water.

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