Paramedics told me I was having an “anxiety attack” that “lots of women get” - turned out to be sepsis

I’ve been feeling like shit for a few days now. I’ve had a consistent fever along with that crappy overall sick feeling. I got tested for COVID and it returned negative and I saw my PCP who thought it was just the flu. I thought she was probably right, so I thought nothing of it. Then, today, I get this horrible fucking pain in my lower abdomen and I’m convinced I’m having a heart attack because my chest was tight and I felt like I was going to pass out. I yelled at my husband “AMBULANCE NOW!!” When the paramedics arrived they told him I was probably just having an anxiety attack and they see this all the time in women. Then, when they took my blood pressure it was 196/132 and my heart rate was 173. They took it THREE FUCKING TIMES while I lay there thinking I was going to die. Only then, when they saw it wasn’t a fluke, did they hurry and get me to the hospital. Turns out I have sepsis and am spending the holidays in the hospital.

I just don’t understand why these paramedics, all men, went straight to “she’s having an anxiety attack like all women” instead of taking this seriously. Where do they come off telling my husband that it’s all in my head? I wish I could tell them my diagnosis and save other women this bullshit.

Edit: Wow! I did not expect this to gain so much traction! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this post. For some more background, I think part of the reason it really settled badly with me is because I’m immunocompromised (which I told them), and have multiple autoimmune diseases (which I told them) including fibrosis of the liver (which again I told them). Knowing all of this, they failed to take my condition seriously. I don’t expect them to diagnosis me because I’d have never thought it was sepsis from a kidney infection, but showing some concern and not seemingly brushing it off is frustrating when I felt like I was literally in that moment dying. My husband and I will be filing a complaint and I truly hope they do something to change the way they treat women.

Thank you also for the well wishes! It sucks to be in the hospital, but I’m grateful for the care and compassion the nurses and doctors have shown me. Hopefully I respond well to the antibiotics and the pain let’s up!!

Edit2: To the person who felt compelled to direct message me simply to insult me, I’m sorry someone peed in your hot chocolate. Happy holidays, you one layered lasagna.

Edit3: To the person who wished that I will die from sepsis, you really need

... keep reading on reddit ➡

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After the paramedics restarted her heart, my sister clutched my hand and begged me not to let her die.

'The angels... the angels are waiting for us... and they are so very, very angry...' she whispered in despair.

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Help Needed. What methods of care or what items would a person need to increase their odds of surviving a gunshot/stab wound until paramedics arrive? (F22)

22F height: 5’0 weight 145lbs

BACKGROUND (Main point below if you wish to skip):

This is a throwaway and I can’t get into specifics as the person I am afraid of is on this platform.

However due to a recent decision a judge has made in my case against them, they are very angry.

They tried to kill me a short while ago using a knife and just found out though a third party they recently spoke about purchasing a gun.

I am highly concerned and unfortunately my concern doesn’t equal ‘enough evidence’ to put them in jail at the moment.

Side note: I already have a lawyer, family and friend support, and the police are aware. I also have a restraining order but let’s be real, that piece of paper isn’t stopping them from actually showing up to my house/work if they are angry enough.

I’ve done everything I can from a legal standpoint until they are either sentenced or they attack me, then get arrested.

MAIN POINT:

I am looking to purchase emergency kit/supplies to keep in my car/home in the event they decide to attack me again.

I understand I would need prompt medical attention.

Please, what items can I keep in my car/methods to control bleeding would help buy me those precious few moments until help arrives?

Simpler/most vital steps the better as I’m sure being shot/stabbed will make concentrating difficult.

I live in a hotter climate (USA) if that matters as to what I can keep in my vehicle.

Medical note: I am currently taking a 325mg aspirin, twice a day while an injury heals that has a chance of forming a blood clot.

Sorry for the novel. I’m almost in tears writing this because I don’t want to die and can’t shake the feeling this isn’t over yet.

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A paramedics neighbors give her a round of applause as she heads off for another night time shift. v.redd.it/jec001b8chc61
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A paramedics neighbors give her a round of applause as she heads off for another night time shift. v.redd.it/jec001b8chc61
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New York Post Slut-Shames Struggling Paramedic as OnlyFans Model, Despite Her Explicit Requests Not To Reveal Her Identity

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/onlyfans-emt-lauren-kwei-1103336/ https://thehill.com/homenews/media/530176-ocasio-cortez-defends-medic-in-new-york-post-story-who-joined-onlyfans-to-make

This includes the Post telling her employer and mother about her side gig.

I just have three things to say -

  • Since she's doing this to make ends meet, it's really nobody's business.
  • Even if she was doing it just for the hell of it, it's really nobody's business.
  • To me, this makes an excellent argument for the legalization of sex work. That way, it would take the stigma out of it. Then she wouldn't need to hide that she does sex work on the side, and slimy outfits like the Post couldn't take advantage of the stigma for salacious headlines.

All in all, this speaks much more about the New York Post and American society at large than it does about her. It reveals a society that refuses to understand the fact that sexuality is a normal part of life.

EDIT (12/16/2020 4:28AM): So it's been nearly 24 hours since this post was put up, and there were some things in the comments I wanted to respond to.

As /u/larry-cripples explained, most sex workers want decriminalization. So I change my statement to "this makes an excellent argument for the decriminalization of sex work".

Several commenters correctly said that Only Fans was legal. However, when I said that sex work should be legalized/decriminalized, I wasn't implying that Only Fans wasn't legal. What I wanted to target was something cultural that the New York Post is using for profit.

In doxxing that poor woman, the New York Post was taking advantage of a long-standing cultural hangup - sex is something naughty, and making money off it in any way is doubly so. As a result, making money off any kind of sex is too "naughty" to be respectable, and anyone doing it is worthy of contempt and disdain. A product of the resulting stigma is the illegality of prostitution in any form, which ends up reinforcing that stigma in a feedback loop.

Decriminalizing sex work won't have any effect on the legality of Only Fans, nor is it intended to. It's meant to break that feedback loop, so that the stigma will lessen. That way, even if doing Only Fans still carries some stigma, it won't be enough to make people lose their job if people end up knowing about it.

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I recently graduated from a paramedic to RN bridge program and some made masks for our class. Thankfully, the ceremony was cancelled.
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I have spent the last 4 years getting my fire and ems certs to get a full-time fire/ems position. A week ago I passed my paramedic and officially locked down my full-time position on the Fire Department I've always wanted to get on. This was my celebration present to myself. Springfield Mil Spec .45
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Alberta Paramedics low priority for COVID Vaccine, please help change that

Once again AHS is treating EMS as second class healthcare. Alberta Paramedics won’t be getting COVID vaccines until well after all of our colleges( Jan/Feb for ER nurses & home care, April? September? For EMS)

This is in spite of the fact that paramedics are in people’s homes, long term care facilities, ICUs, Emergency departments, and medical wards.

If you feel this plan is putting valuable front line health care workers at risk please call or write:

[email protected] or 780-427-2711 or 310-0000

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German Paramedic here AMA

Dear Reader, I am a german Paramedic (M/23) working 12h Shifts normally. (due to Coroni sometimes 24h) If you have Questions, feel free to ask or write me. I'll check reddit regularly on my shifts. I will decide myself which Comments to answer, give it a try!

Greetings from the Ambulance 🚑

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Getting the full paramedic experience today
  • Man found slumped over wheel of semi after driving though fence.

  • Lady seizes and bounces head off the sidewalk. RN on scene cannot get close enough to assess patient due to aggressive service dog . . . a golden retriever. Super cute doggo rides in ambulance, to the delight of medics and hospital staff alike.

  • Man sounded confused on phone two days ago. Neighbor finds him postured up in a stew of his own fluids, but somehow still alive. Calls POA before 911.

  • Old man walks on ice with predictable results for his hip region.

  • Lady calls for three hour panic attack. History of anxiety, hands are tingly, "I just want to make sure it's not my heart." Surprise! It's SVT. Of course I'm as far from the hospital as possible and neither of us can get a line. As my stable patient turns unstable during transport, her heart and I play a quick game of chicken. Heart blinks when I hit the sync button, throttles down to sinus at 100.

  • Man choking is, predictably, not actually choking, and swallows the offending gas station food prior to EMS arrival.

  • Man fell, has facial injuries. Surprise again! Facial injury means his ear has been partially amputated, and partially amputated means cut clean off except for the three mm wide strip of skin holding it onto his head.

  • Classic fully nude patient gives full medical history since 2008 while sitting on the toilet.

  • No COVID calls or SNF trips! But still seven hours to go.

Honestly I've been feeling pretty burnt out lately and it's refreshing to have a day that actually looks like the brochure.

0230 edit: Man under 40 calls EMS because he woke up feeling anxious and had a sustained heart rate of 140 bpm for 15 minutes. Everyone can relax, my day is clearly back to normal.

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My dad's a paramedic and one of his colleagues who caught covid just died

All because of "muh freedumbs!"

My mother and I are even more worried about him catching it now and it just makes me hate these selfish people who refuse to wear masks and practice social distancing even more.

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I have spent the last 4 years getting my fire and ems certs to get a full-time fire/ems position. A week ago I passed my paramedic and officially locked down my full-time position on the Fire Department I've always wanted to get on. This was my celebration present to myself. 1911 Mil Spec .45
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This hunky paramedic?
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Is it worth becoming paramedic even if you don't intend for that to be your main job?

So I'm a little confused.

I've been playing around with the idea of becoming a paramedic purely out of interest. I want to learn more and do more. I'm already an EMT-B but I'm a little wet behind the ears, as I only really do collegiate EMS. I have my heart set on a different career path. Do people become EMT-P's knowing that it will never be their full-time job? In what ways would not being a full time medic affect my performance? Ultimately, is it worth becoming a medic even if it's just a side thing?

Any thoughts are appreciated :=)

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Called the paramedics today

I was eating lunch and feeling short of breath, and couldn't seem to get a deep enough breath, my panic disorder kicked in and made this worse, and I had a full blown panic attack and called my parents and eventually 911. My vitals are all good, lungs clear, temperature 97, and my blood oxygen levels were good. Is there anything I can do to alleviate feeling short of breath other than wait it out? I can't taste or smell anything now but at least my fever and body aches are gone.

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How do I deal with intimidation in paramedic school?

I’m a paramedic student and I’m nearly half way done with my program. We are getting to the point where more is expected of us in the field settings, which I’m fine with. The only problem I’ve been having is intimidation when it comes to my preceptors. Usually if I’m not worried I do fine but when I have someone who I know is a good paramedic watching my every move it makes me freeze up or question myself. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with this?

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As you lay unconscious from a bad traffic crash you receive a vision from God. He says “child, I shall grant you a full recovery if you can make the paramedics laugh with the first thing you say” what do you say?
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How does one volunteer as a paramedic abroad?

I am finishing up my paramedic schooling in Ontario; however, Covid-19 will likely prevent me from getting hired in the may intake. I am considering volunteering abroad and have done some research, but I am quite confused. Has anyone had any experience in this field of work?

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When did you decide to go to paramedic school after becoming an EMT? Do you feel that you were prepared?

I take the NREMT in about a month. I am fairly confident in my abilities and knowledge but I did have to study my ass off to get to this point.

I am only 18. I have time to figure my shit out. That being said, I am currently quite in love with EMS and am looking to advance my education while I’m still excited about it. I seriously dread getting burnt out like a lot of the people at my company get very very quickly but where I live it is virtually impossible to get into a system that does anything other than IFT unless you are a paramedic or paramedic firefighter.

My plan was initially to get my EMT-B, work with a private company that primarily does IFT for 6 months to a year max while I take the prerequisite courses for the paramedic program at the college I want to take it through, then apply to the paramedic program.

I am getting very mixed opinions from my future coworkers on this. I have befriended a lot of the paramedics and some of them say to jump straight in after 6 months and others are saying to wait 2-5 years. They’re not elaborating on what their reasoning is though, and I’m conflicted.

Thoughts?

Ps- im jumping the gun a bit but I have to save up to do a paramedic program and plan accordingly living situation wise. Im trying to set a general plan for myself to I have something to motivate me.

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