I went to the new Valley
Medical ER to see if they can determine if I might have some form of carotid
artery blockage. The pain below my right jaw has been bothersome. I tried to
see my physician but she would not be available for another two weeks. I do
have a deteriorated right shoulder which might be the source of pain. I do want
to rule out conditions that might lead to stroke.
ER in Renton is in the new wing...seems to be nice! I was on a
bed waiting for a EEG test. The
technician wheeled in the instrumentation. I
sensed that he was manifesting a scented personal care product with some form
of fragrance. I asked him if he was wearing deodorant (a scented personal care
product, hereafter referred to as deodorant). He said he was. I told him to leave. Too late.
associated with perfume, deodorants, clothes washing detergents, fabric
softeners, hair powders, hand lotions, and other sources cause an almost
immediate (5-6 seconds) cessation of breathing or some form of acute
respiratory distress. My lungs are
clear, my oxygen level appears okay,
the stress of trying to breath will raise my pulse. My brain and respiratory
nerve structures trigger a real battle to survive for a few minutes before I
collapse. I have learned over the past few year to do whatever I have to to
avoid the source before I collapse.
had correspondence with Valley General Administration on a related issue
wherein I passed out in the pulmonary function
test box because of irritants in the waiting room and the testing area and had
problems getting out of the offending area.
this instance I got rid of the technician and wrestled with two or three nurses
until I finally got one good breath (I refer to it as getting a breath over the
top!) and settled down enough to relax. I pointed out that I had left my
albuteral atomizer in my car. We discussed the use of an albuteral treatment.
respiratory technician came in (a slight detection of fragrance) and handed me
a nebulizer, turned it on. On the second
breath I felt the spray burning the back of my throat, my throat swelling and I
coughed twice and blacked out briefly, the nebulizer fell off to the side. At
that moment I could not move, or speak. I could see the floor and hear the nebulizer
hissing into the air and hear the technician say "it would be better if
you held the tube in your mouth". He was oblivious to the fact that I was paralyzed as he left
the room. After a several minutes I was
able to roll off the bed, and sit on a chair, focus on breathing and practiced
Morris code with the call button.
My breathing stabilized enough for me to relax so that the
EEG test could be run. The doctor came
in and we talked for a couple of minutes about why I came into the ER. There
was little to no discussion of my respiratory episode. The respiratory technician came to retrieve
the discussions my eyes were closed while I was as deep into relaxation as I
could get and still talk. A question was
asked about the effect of the respiratory treatment. I explained it was a complete disaster, in
that the tube fell out for the whole procedure. I thought I was talking to the
doctor but when I detected fragrance and the beginning of another respiratory
paralysis I opened my eyes and found the technician was there retrieving his
equipment. (Note: for all practical purpose no test was made except for billing
told the doctor I had to get out of the room and away from anyone with a
fragrance on and yanked off all the electrical leads, grabbed my bag and pushed
my way out of the exam room with one objective...get fresh air. I staggered I
tried to keep one eye the floor pattern for navigation. Several
people grabbed me at different times and tried to restrain me. This severely
aggravated my deteriorated right shoulder but I was so stressed
the pain did not immediately register.
my struggling down the corridor I said a number of times I had to get away from
deodorant and if I can smell you to get away.
I heard a number of people say "we all wear deodorant".
heard comments in the ER waiting room to the effect that people thought I was
dying. I was struggling for every breath.
By the time I got to the front door I had pulled off the gown managed to
get a pullover over my head. With my
eyes closed going through the door I bumped into somebody, I opened an eye and
saw boots and smelled the security guard.
I opened my eyes enough to see the guard and heard some one say
"let him go". I turned my head and saw the doctor and one of the
nurses from the examination room.
staggered away from them and collapsed on a steel car restraining post long
enough to catch a breath. I then moved
on to find a bench in front of the hospital entrance, where I could put down my
bag, take off the pullover (snow on the ground and very cold), pull a tee shirt
on and then the pullover. My breathing improved. I was breathing clean air, the adrenaline was
kicking in and I would have run the truck at the other end of the parking lot
if I didn't have such a bad knee (to be replaced April 18).
stress and strain from the physical exertion escaping from the ER did not
completely register until the next day. Then for the next two day I was limited
by extreme pain in both shoulders; the one with an artificial ball and socket
and the one that needs to be replaced.
was the fourth encounter with respiratory stress triggers -- molds, fragrances,
cleaning solutions -- at Valley General
and affiliated facilities that should be under the control of the
hospital/clinic management and under the purview of county and state regulatory
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