They say there is a first time for everything, but I did not anticipate my first time going to the emergency room to be Thursday night. I had gone to bed about 10:00 and Bobby was awake still in the game room. I was woken up to a stabbing pain in my stomach. It got worse and worse, so I went and told Bobby I didn’t feel well, then proceeded to get so nauseated I almost passed out on the floor.
I was sweating, hot, shaking, in pain, and scared. I didn’t know what was going on, and after about five minutes of not knowing what to do, we decided to go to the hospital. Bobby drove really fast with the flashers on but it felt like it took FOREVER to get there. The hospital is a good 20 minutes away from the house. There is a giant billboard by the hospital that tells you how many minutes you have to wait for a doctor, and it currently said four, so my hopes were up I would feel better soon.
I barely made it inside before another wave of nausea hit me and I literally had to lay down on the floor of the emergency room. Two security guards helped me into a wheelchair and they brought me back to a room, and after Bobby got me settled they had him go move his car and they didn’t let him back to be with me.
A nurse came in and took my temperature, blood pressure, etc. People kept coming in asking me questions like was I on drugs, what medicines had I been taking, was I allergic to anything. I kept asking why it was taking so long, they seemed to be taking their precious time. A nurse came in and helped me into a gown and I kept trying to throw up I was so nauseated and hot. I kept saying I felt like I was on fire, it was miserable. I kept thinking “it’s been more than 4 minutes!” I didn’t understand why people were not rushing around trying to get me out of pain as soon as possible.
The doctor finally came in and asked me more questions, felt my stomach, and ordered x rays. A nice lady came in and took them and I was shaking so bad they told me to hold my breath so they could get a clear picture. Then, a nurse came in and said I had to go pee in a cup. I gave her a strange look because I couldn’t stand up let alone walk to a bathroom down the hall. She helped me and stayed in the bathroom with me. It’s funny, normally I would have been so embarrassed to go to the bathroom in front of a stranger, but when you are in the moment you just flat out don’t care.
The doctor came back and basically told me I had the most common cause of abdominal pain, severe constipation. Huh? I felt so silly, but he assured me it was no joke, that he has had it before and it feels like 100 knives are stabbing you, and it will make you throw up from the pain (which I was trying to do.) I asked how this happened, I eat fiber, I run, I go to the bathroom regularly, and he said sometimes it just happens. The ONLY thing we could think of was that I have been running so much lately, but then I haven’t run since last Saturday since I hurt my foot…so maybe my body went from being super active to me sitting on the couch so it messed with my system.
Trying to smile…This is right after the demerol haha.
So, they gave me demerol through an IV for the pain and they finally let Bobby back in to see me. It took over an HOUR for me to get the meds, I have never in my life been in so much pain. Apparently Bobby was frustrated they wouldn’t let him back there and they kept saying as soon as the doctor was done he could see me but no one ever came in my room so he was mad they were lying to him.
I honestly thought I was going to die, it was so frightening. As soon as they gave me the meds and Bobby came back I feel asleep, and soon the doctor came back in and said the rest of the scans look clear. I went to stand up and instantly got nauseated so they gave me two of some pill that dissolves under your tongue. I had such dry mouth though it wouldn’t dissolve and it was so gross. I was finally able to stand up to walk out and nausea hit me again. I found a random wheelchair and sat down and attempted to throw up again while Bobby got the car. So, 2.5 hours after this all started, we made it home and I instantly fell asleep.
I have slept on and off all day and have a major headache from the demerol. Also my stomach feels crampy and sore I guess its just achy and tired from going through so much last night. Hopefully I feel fine tomorrow!
So, that my friends is my first trip to the ER, definitely unexpected and unwelcomed.
QOTD: Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever had to go to the ER for anything?