Checking In

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?