I've had a nagging thought on my mind lately. It's been discussed before, so it's not a new revelation or anything, but lately it's bothering me more than usual.
A couple months before my sister collapsed, she was complaining of sharp pains when she'd take a deep breath. She said it was worse when she was laying down and it was painful enough that she didn't want to take deep breaths.
I encouraged her to go to the doctor, because the nurse in me was thinking it could possibly be a pulmonary embolism (clot in her lung). Of course, how often do normally healthy 29 year olds get a PE? Probably not often, but my motto is always better safe than sorry. She made an appointment, and saw the physicians assistant. After explaining her symptoms, the PA sent her for a chest x-ray. I think she was assuming broken ribs. When the x-ray came back normal but Leslie was still having pain, the PA told her to "take Motrin." I remember Leslie telling me this, and I remember thinking "Huh?" Wouldn't you want to get to the bottom of why she is having severe pain?
What if it WAS a pulmonary embolism, just sitting there waiting to make it's move. Literally. We will never know.