The wait at the ER was excruciating. Sitting in a wheel chair and feeling like I was dying. The ER is not always the best place to be if you are in a hurry. I was trying to be patient but continued to feel worse and worse.
Finally, we were taken back to an ER room where they started an IV, hooked me up to the heart monitor and took a chest x-ray. All I knew at this point was that I felt so bad and was freezing cold. And, was still throwing up. They finally gave me something to stop the nausea but the numbness and tingling was getting worse.
The ER doctor came in to explain that my calcium levels were dangerously low and that they were going to start giving me calcium infusions to get the levels up. He also said he wanted to contact the surgeon who had been out of town since the day after my surgery. Fortunately, he had gotten back the night before and came to visit me in the ER. He also explained about the calcium and said that he was puzzled it was so low and had pathology check to make sure there were no parathyroids removed during the surgery. It was like they were talking a different language at first. But the surgeon explained that there are 4 parathyroids they sit at behind the thyroid. They are not related in function. The thyroid controls the body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development and bone maintenance. The parathyroids the body's calcium levels. Ahh, it was beginning to make sense but all I really cared about at this point was getting better.