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I spent the last two day in the hospital. It started Monday when I had pain in my lower stomach. I hadn't been hungry or eaten since Saturday, and though it was just gas. It slowly got worse over Tuesday and Wednesday, but I didn't have a fever, so I figured it wasn't appendicitis, and I had a doctors appointment Thursday, so I waited until then. She wasn't sure what was wrong either, but since the pain was worse on the lower right side, she sent me to the ER.

Immediately they decided I was SEVERELY dehydrated and that my blood chemistry was messed up. They pumped three liters of IV into me just while I was waiting. That's the first time I've had an IV, it wasn't bad, but it was annoying. They tried to put it in the back of my left hand, but couldn't because of the dehydration, the only place they could find a vein was my right forearm, so I couldn't move it around much.

Then the started testing my stomach. They did an ultrasound, first time I had one of those. Not too uncomfortable, the lady just spread jelly over my belly and glided the wand around. She had to keep pressure on it, so it was painful over the problem area. Apparently my gallbladder is full of stones, but it's never given me any problems. There was a large area of inflammation, but she couldn't tell what it was. So I had to get a CT scan.

This was my first CT scan, and they're really easy, just lay there and breath as instructed, the nurse injected some contrast into my IV, rescan, and done. Less then five minutes.

Then I went up to a room for the night. It's really hard to sleep with an IV, I was constantly trying to find a position without moving my right arm, so I only slept sporadically. They didn't tell me what was wrong until the next evening, so all day Friday I was stuck in bed. I couldn't drink any thing because they were monitoring my fluids. I couldn't really get up and move around, because I hadn't eaten in almost a week, and was really light headed. And I couldn't eat until they knew what was wrong. I was feeling better, and was really hungry by that time.

Finally they figured it was a piece of fat attached to the intestines that twisted and cut off it's blood supply that got inflamed and caused the pain, so I got to eat supper. I can't comment on the quality of hospital food, I was so hungry I just ate it down.

They kept me there overnight again while they continued to rehydrate me, still not very restful, but I was feeling much better then the night before, so it wasn't too bad. They let me go just before lunch today, and I stopped to pick up a bunch of juice, now I have to catch up on all my webcomics, and LJ, and sleep.

Later
Nekura

Date: 2010-08-21 07:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chezmax
You're ok now? No surgery or anything will be needed?

Date: 2010-08-22 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Yeah, no surgery, thankfully.

bleech!

Date: 2010-08-21 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mammallamadevil.livejournal.com
that's why I get IVs in my left arm, and lie on my right side...got very good at it last year...(frown).

I hope you enjoy significant rest the next few days...

MLD

Re: bleech!

Date: 2010-08-22 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
I hope I don't have to practice sleeping with IVs again anytime soon, and that you don't, either.

Thank you, I am trying ^_^

Date: 2010-08-21 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alaskawolf.livejournal.com
oh nose! :(


take car,get rest and get healthy fast nekura

Date: 2010-08-22 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Thank you, I am taking it easy for now.

Date: 2010-08-21 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spikedpunch.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you are feeling better.

Date: 2010-08-22 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2010-08-21 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dhlawrence.livejournal.com
Yikes O-o Good to hear you're on the mend now.

Were you at Grand River or St Mary's?

Date: 2010-08-22 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Grand River. It's much closer, and I've been there before.

Date: 2010-08-22 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invisiblewolf.livejournal.com
Well, I'm certainly glad to hear you're feeling better! :-)

-Spiritwolf.

Date: 2010-08-23 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Thank you

Date: 2010-08-22 06:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phantasm13.livejournal.com
That's no fun.

Glad you are on the mend. What are they getting you to do for your gall stones?

Remember there are people around who can help you *poke*

Date: 2010-08-24 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
No, it wasn't. The gall stones are asymptomatic, so there is nothing that needs to be done about them. I will, thank you.

Date: 2010-08-22 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roju.livejournal.com
That's rough! Glad to hear you've been discharged and are on the mend!

Date: 2010-08-23 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daunicorn.livejournal.com
Glad to hear your one the mend. I've had to sleep with IVs for a while when I broke my arm and when I had a jaw broken. But I was on very heavy pain killers so when I decided to sleep it was happy lala land.

Date: 2010-08-23 02:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Thank you. It wasn't that serious, so no happy pain meds for me.

Date: 2010-08-23 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exatron.livejournal.com
Wow, that was quite an experience. Good to know that everything turned out okay, though.

And the fatty tissue that caused the problem just needed time to heal or something?

Now, if you'll excuse me, just hearing about an IV makes my skin crawl.

Date: 2010-08-23 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Yep, but now that I experienced it, I don't want to do it again.

It untwists, but still caused a lot of inflammation around it that had to heal.

Sorry, I tried to keep it as TMI free as possible ^_^

Date: 2010-08-23 06:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exatron.livejournal.com
Few people want to go through being sick again.



It's TMI free. I just have this major fear of needles/IVs.

Date: 2010-08-23 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylet.livejournal.com
Craikey! Hope that doesn't happen again. Good luck on the recovery, if yer not fully up to speed already...

Date: 2010-08-24 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nekura-ca.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'm feeling much better, but still have a ways to go.
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