Friday, July 10, 2009

My Emergency Room Escapade

MENTAL STATUS: "Groggy". Diagnosed with pharyngitis with Strep.

You know, it is just so ME to get sick--I'm talking really sick--in the summer.
And that's exactly what happened.

Here's the lowdown:

My mom came to visit, we had a great time on the beach and played mini golf and even met up with her first cousin and her children, too, for a little family reunion type thing. I wasn't feeling great this whole time but just thought I was feeling run down because I was doing so much.

But...

1:00 AM Thursday morning: woke up with chills, fever, and aches. Took some Tylenol.

5:30AM: still feeling awful. Took some more Tylenol.

Stayed horizontal the whole day with a heating pad on the right side of my face and head. I had a sore throat just on my right side and could feel pressure near my ear and just ached so bad I felt like my limbs would fall off.

I told my mom to go home in the afternoon. I thought I was feeling a little bit better and my hubby came home early from work. But then I maxed out on Aleve and it was only 6PM, so I thought, "Uh-oh."
I texted my hubby from upstairs because I was writhing in pain and told him to call the doctor. He said ok and that he would be up in a few minutes. Well, I was so sick and in so much pain I then literally texted him "help". That go him upstairs in a flash.

We described the symptoms to the doctor and he was afraid my throat was bacterial and it would get worse and maybe obstruct my breathing so he recommend me to go the hospital.

Anyhew...in my 6 hours there they gave me two bags of fluids, a bag of antibiotics, a shot of Decadron, 2 Tylenol, a shot of Toradol and when all that still had me writhing in pain they gave me Morphine. Morphine?!

Well, it worked. :)

After getting my money's worth of drugs, I finally was discharged about 1 AM in the morning.

So now I'm finally vertical again--although I feel my bed calling me now--and the hubby is getting my prescriptions filled now.

Sheesh. What a time! (I need a shower badly)


So did I miss anything good while I was incapacitated?

14 comments:

sherrinda said...

Woah...I am so sorry to hear you are so sick! Morphine for strep? You must have had it really bad! The good thing about strep is, it responds well to antibiotics, so tomorrow should be a new day! :)

You didn't miss a whole lot, except the fact that I completed writing my first book in the wee hours of the morning! :) I'm trying to figure out how to best celebrate!

JStantonChandler said...

Yikes! I hope you're feeling better. What a horrible night. Get some rest and get better soon!

sherrinda: Congrats on finishing your first book! That's definitely a reason to celebrate :)

Happy weekend,
Jennifer

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Jennifer, I feel so sorry for you. That's awful. I'm lifting prayers for you to feel 100% better very soon. God be with you!

Prixie said...

feel better...soon i hope

Jessica said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry but glad you're feeling a tad better. Take it easy. :-(

Kara said...

Oh, no! I hope you feel better soon!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Thanks, ladies! I feel a thousand percent better today.

Congrats, Sherrinda!

MsSnarkyPants said...

OMG!!!! You poor poor poor thing!!!! That must have been just awful! Don't you just hate when men don't understand the first time you tell them something... I'm so glad you're feeling better! I hope you're all well soon!

You didn't miss anything from me. All I've been doing is gardening and decorating a cake for my little guys birthday on sunday.

Jill Kemerer said...

Sending some chicken soup your way and a big hope-you-feel-better soon.

I, too, am ill. Some sort of throat thing. And I'm like, it's July. Come on.

Take care and enjoy your weekend!

Glynis said...

I hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than earache and sore throat!

Jody Hedlund said...

Sorry to hear of your escapade! ER visits are always kinda scary! Look on the bright side, maybe you'll gain some ideas for another WIP from your adventure!

Cindy said...

I am so sorry to hear this! Especially that you were in so much pain. Get lots of rest. Relax! Feel better!

MJFredrick said...

OMG, how scary! Hope you're feeling better!

Marianne Arkins said...

I'm thinking any time it feels like your limbs are going to fall off is a good time to figure it's right to call the doctor... Just saying.

I'm glad you're better!