Eternally Grateful…

Erin Sloan, PA-C and the Ormond Beach Urgent Care quite possibly saved my life last weekend.   I was experiencing tightness and pain in my right chest and was seen by Ms. Sloan at the Center.   Her examination and a chest x-ray did not reveal any problems.   She said my pain was possibly due to pleurisy, an inflammation of the lung’s inner lining resulting from the flu which I had just gotten over.   But, she said it could also be caused by blood clot(s) , so she wrote me an order to get a blood test and labeled it “STAT”.   I left the center relieved that she had not found anything in her examination and figured it was nothing more than the pleurisy she had mentioned.   Still, I went and did the blood test.  A couple hours later I received a call from the Center asking if I had gone for the test.  I told them where I had had the test done.   20 minutes later I received a call from Ms. Sloan.   They had contacted the blood test facility to get the results.  The test showed that there was a possibility of blood clots.   She directed me to go a hospital ER and request a chest CT scan.  She said I should go right away.  She then called the hospital ER and advised them I’d be coming.   I went to the hospital, had the CT scan and it revealed bi-lateral pulmonary embolisms.  I was put on a blood thinner drip immediately and admitted to the hospital where I spent 2 days on the IV.   The ER personnel told me that both lungs were nearly completely blocked.   Since my release the pain has ended and I’m on a prescription blood thinner.   Ms. Sloan could have easily diagnosed me with pleurisy and sent me on my way.   Had she done so, I might not be here today.   Thank you Ms. Sloan and the Ormond Beach Urgent Care Center!  You very likely saved my life.

Eternally grateful,

Paul B.