Today was a day full of surprises...and not the good kind either. Around 1:30 am , Jason got up complaining that he couldn't breath and that his chest was tight. I just kinda blew it off because it was too early in the morning to be dealing with anything. At 2:30, 3:30, 4:30--he kept getting up complaining of the same things...shortness of breath. I was up all night with him on and off but I kept going back to bed. Finally at 5:00, I was really concerned so I realized how selfish I was and decided that something was really wrong. I have never really heard Jason complain so when he stayed persistant...I became really worried! We called clinics and hospitals and the earliest we could get in was 8:00am, unless we went into the emergency room. He decided that we could go in at 8:00am to the Maho Medical Clinic.
The Clinic was like any walk-in clinic in the states- except the fact that the nurses spoke with a very strong island accent. We walked right in and were the first patients that he saw....and he started with the questions. Jason told him that he was having a hard time breathing, his chest felt tight, and his fingers tingled ever so often. He examined him--perfectly healthy (minus a high blood pressure) and told him that he was experiencing panic attacks. The reason for the shortness of breath was because he was hyperventilating. Jason has always been a stress case and a worrier...but I didn't think that it would cause him to have difficulty breathing. So where did this come from? Yesterday he was fine...or at least I thought he was. He couldn't stop thinking about his upcoming exam, so while I was sleeping he was reviewing things and got a little overwhelmed. Anyway-Dr. Deketh taught him some breathing exercises to help in the future, prescribed him some anxiety medicine, and said to just relax.
Jason came home and took some medicine and seems to be doing better. He does good when he stops thinking, but the second he starts thinking about school- it starts all up again. This is something we are going to have to really work on controlling. We are going to try and make "stress-relief" a part of our daily lives. I realized today, more than other days, that he wants the best for his family and he doesn't want to let anyone down! He feels like he needs to take on everything...but we will be trying to change his way of thinking so something like this doesn't continue happening! We love Jason for Jason--not because he'll be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a trash man.....just Jason!