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ER visit #3…I have the best friends

I went to work feeling ok…still a mild headache which had remained constant all week.  But I didn’t take any medication at all this week.

I did however make great strides in helping out at work.  After combing through lots and lots of notes, it truly was back to the beginning we needed to go.  So I gathered up what information I had found and went over it with my boss.  At 3:00 pm we had a meeting with his boss to discuss our findings.  At this point we were all very hopeful that this would solve the problems the facility had been having for the past 7 years.  But we wouldn’t know until all the final details were worked out and we actually tried it (for which I would not be there, but on this day I didn’t know that it would be the very last day I worked at this place of employment).  The meeting ended at about 4:00 and at approximately 4:15 pm unbelievable pain struck above my right eye.  It came on so fast and so hard that I wasn’t sure how I would get home.  But I made it and went straight to back to bed.

My first thought was that the spinal headache has returned. Back to bed I go hi ho hi ho.  Laying down helped a little bit, but the pain wasn’t completely gone when I laid down, so there was a chance that it wasn’t a spinal headache either.  I just didn’t know what to do, but by 10:00 pm the pain was so severe that I decided I needed to go into the ER, but this time I was going to go to Sparrow ER.  Now to be done with this bleeping headache (little did I know)!!

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The only problem is that the boys are in bed and I can’t drive myself.  Social media to my rescue.  I asked for a ride to the ER and luckily my dear friend Christina stepped up to the plate.  She even stayed with me until 2:00 am.  By that point they said I would definitely be there until morning when Dan could come get me unless they were going to admit me…at 2:00 am they still didn’t know what they were going to do.  Back in the ER to get a 2nd blood patch (at least I thought this was the problem). Hopefully this will be the last procedure I have in 2015 (If only this were true!)

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This was a smile of relief.  They gave me morphine!

All tucked in for the night at Sparrow. Looks like I will be here for a little while, likely until Monday when full staff is available for testing. But I am nice and warm, my pain is being managed and it is very peaceful.  Counting all my blessings on this very very cold and blustery evening.

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ER Visit #2: Blood Patch

So the pain didn’t go away on its own…I could not stand up at all (but I could continue to lay down with no pain).  So took me in to Hayes Green Beach Hospital Emergency Room (I should have gone to Sparrow, because I don’t think these people had ever actually done a blood patch before, but the convenience won out and I paid the price).

So what is a blood patch: An epidural blood patch is a surgical procedure that uses autologous blood in order to close one or many holes in the dura mater of the spinal cord, usually as a result of a previous lumbar puncture. The procedure can be used to relieve post dural puncture headaches caused by lumbar puncture (spinal tap).

I ended up getting the blood patch. It was some of the most awful I have experienced to date.  They had me lean over simply holding onto a pillow while they not only shove a needle into my spinal column while also trying to draw blood out of my hand (which didn’t go so well).  The nurse and Dr. were so nervous it was weird.  The moment they started, the nausea hit and hit hard.  My coping mechanism for the nausea was yawning.  So now I have a needle sticking in my back, I’m extremely nauseous and every time I yawned the pain was excruciating.  As soon as they finished they did give me Zofran and that seemed to help a bit, but then the diarrhea hit and wouldn’t stop.  They finally brought in a potty chair.  During the time that I was supposed to be prostrate in bed I had to keep getting up to sit on the chair…yes to much information, but this blog is for that sort of thing…a place where I can speak freely about what really happens.  The nurses left Dan and I in the room alone with all of this happening and we had to keep calling for someone to come in and empty the chair.  The procedure, the service, and everything that occurred during this visit was horrible.  It was also one of the most embarrassing and painful visits to an ER I have ever had.

Ok enough drama for the day. I now have a Drs note that says I can’t do
anything for 48 hrs.  So off to bed I go!!!!

What a hell of a couple weeks. Not really sure how my head feels yet but it seems to be better.

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Home now and feeling some better but comfy on the couch hangin out with the fam eatin pizza.  Life is much better now smile emoticon. Thank you for thoughts and prayers over the past 2 1/2 weeks when this all started. Hoping and praying that by Monday I will be feeling good and ready to go back to work.