Today’s Happy Note: Drinking blue Gatorade. Forgot how good it actually tastes, in a sugary electrolyte-y way, since I never really have it. It’s helping me rehydrate right now!
Just a quick check-in. Things worsened a lot last night; I was up every half an hour or so doubled over in pain. There were a few times when I just went to sleep on the bathroom floor. This pattern continued today, with a bit less intensity, however, I started becoming much weaker. My parents and I agreed that it would be best if I went to an ER.
I have never been to an ER before! Well I have, but never as a patient — I have been to plenty of hospitals with my parents (both doctors). I used to get to play games at the nurses station. Today, however, was a bit scarier!
I was by myself and had never been there before. I checked in and then waited. And waited. And waited. I saw some nurses; after two hours I saw a doctor. They agreed that it could be a more serious condition such as salmonella or E Coli, but that we have to get it out of my system. I had to pee in a cup (ewwwww!) and was shocked when I saw that my pee was basically brown! I was given IV fluids while lying down for another hour and a half or so.
I am not afraid of needles and I don’t think getting shots or IVs hurts, but they make me nervous because I usually pass out. Thankfully that didn’t happen today. I did start crying though! The nurses were really nice to me though. They knew I was young (I was actually in pediatrics!) and by myself. I will be following up with my regular physician tomorrow.
Not sure if I’ll be able to work tomorrow. The doctors told me to wait at least a week before running or trying to really workout again. That makes me nervous, but it is also good news for my exhausted body.
I feel a bit better now; rehydrated and in much less frequent pain.
Being sick like this sucks. I hate being stuck in my room, stewing in my own boredom and weakness.
Sorry for the graphic post; just wanted to share my experience of visiting an ER. Definitely health-related…
What is the sickest you’ve ever been?