So- Monday I spent some quality time in the Emergency Room of Baylor-Grapevine Hospital. Just what I wanted to do to begin Christmas week of 2010.
I first went to the CareNow and then ended up in the ER. The ONLY reason I went to the CareNow in the first place was because I had such a sharp pain in my side that I was worried it might be my appendix...and from what I hear- it's better to have it taken out rather than have it rupture.....or so I hear... :-)
So I went in- had some tests run and the CareNow advised me to go to the ER.
Since this was my first time at an ER (and careNow) I wasn't really sure what to expect- or what I really even needed. I had a couple of friends and co-workers ask if I needed anything and I politely declined. After all- I was just going to be sitting in a waiting room.
But after an hour of waiting- I got a message on my phone from a friend asking where I was at. At the same time- the doors open to the ER and in walks Carolyn (not my sister....although she pleaded with me to allow her to come).....
When I saw Carolyn- I burst into tears. Upon telling this story later- several people were like "Minda!!! I asked if you needed anything or if you needed me to come!" My response was "....well, honestly until I saw Carolyn's face- I didn't know WHAT I needed."
So- after another period of waiting- they finally called me in and I said goodbye to Carolyn. Seriously- Carolyn- if you ever happen upon this blog post- There are no words to describe just how much your showing up in that ER blessed me. Realllly.
So I go in to see the Dr and he basically tells me the same thing as CareNow- that he's not comfortable ruling out my appendix- but that he's thinking it's kidney stones.
So- I get prescriptions with instructions to check back in with them.
I had a meeting at 5:45 that evening that I didn't want to miss- so I dropped off the prescriptions at the walmart close by and headed to my meeting. At this point- I'm feeling TERRRRRIBLE.
I go back to WalMart to get my meds- have to wait a while- problems with insurance- etc- and walk away with only 2 of the meds.
While driving home- I feel so wretched and I just lose it....again. Tears, streaming- I just hate being sick. I hate not knowing what the problem is. I don't want people thinking I'm faking it- I just hate it.
So while I'm driving home- I call my mom to figure out what I need to do about the 3rd medicine- and she gives me instructions. I get off the phone and start crying AGAIN! I don't WANT to call the ER and get the prescription fixed. I just want to go home, take some pain meds, and get in bed!!!!
And that's exactly what I did.
Went to work the next day (w/o the pain meds...cause I can't drive after taking it) and worked til about 1 before calling it quits. Went and got the final med- came home- saw that my temp had spiked up again- and I just took the meds and took about 3 naps. I'd wake up in between- watch some TV- then pass out again.
Finally- at 7:30 I was done. I fell asleep and slept til 6:20 this morning.
Went back to work today- feeling ok. My side is not hurting- but my body just feels 'off.' I don't know what's wrong. I have continued to feel nauseous, and at around 2:30 today- felt my temp spike again. So I left work at 3 and came home. I did call the ER and they suggested that at this point- since my stomach no longer is experiencing the sharp pain- that I just call my primary care physician.
So I came home- took more meds- and have been laying on the couch.
Now here I am- Wednesday night- laying on my couch- and blogging about my painful story. :-)
Grateful my side is not hurting anymore...thankful for friends who have been praying!