Tuesday, May 22, 2007

So How was YOUR Monday?

Mine? Well, not so good. I have just arrived home after spending an entire day and night in the hospital. Ack.

The diagnosis? Costochondritis. I'm fine. Really I am. It started out as chest pain on Sunday night. Like a muscle cramp on the center/right side of my chest. So I went to bed at 7:30pm, only because I couldn't get comfortable or find any relief from the pain.

Woke up yesterday and the pain was worse. So I called my primary care physician, but as soon as they hear any words or symptoms involving "chest pain", all panic sets in and I was directed to go immediately to the ER, knowing full well that it probably most likely had NOTHING AT ALL to do with my heart! But I'm a good listener, so I went.

After a series of EKGs, CT scans, chest x-rays, heart ultrasounds, blood tests, and even more blood tests, my heart was cleared, not surprisingly to me. (Ok, maybe I did panic a little bit, because when they start talking blood clots, blockage, etc., it does tend to make one's imagination go a little wild....) Except they couldn't manage my pain. After being dosed with copious amount of assorted drugs (enough to slay an elephant) including morphine, dilautid and valium, I was still in pain. Not fun.

So after about 10 hours in the ER, I was transferred to a room to spend the night so they could work up a "cocktail" to manage my pain. A room with 3 other patients already in it, including two women who both had just had gall bladder surgery and a women I shall refer to as Psycho Sally. Needless to say, Psycho Sally kept the rest of us up all night, causing her beeper to go off oh....about every 10 seconds..., babbling about her dog Charlie, about how she had seen the back streets of Morocco and Hong Kong, and how the hospital was holding her captive. About this time, I was really missing my own nuthouse .

Now I'm home, still sore, but happy to be back. My walking papers indicate I must "take it easy" (as if that is remotely possible with 3 children), and pop plenty of prescribed painkillers. Time for me to drift off to la-la land...

20 comments:

Cate said...

Wow...that sounds gruesomely painful! Sorry you had to go through that, but I'm glad that it wasn't anything more serious! I know it's hard to take it easy with little ones running around...I've been ordered to do the same due to exhaustion. But do the best you can, and take care of yourself!

Hope you feel better soon...enjoy the painkillers!

Life As I Know It said...

Glad to hear you are okay despite the ordeal of an overnight hospital stay. Blech.
Hope you are enjoying your pain killers ;)

Toni said...

Glad you are home and ok- that would have scared the bejezus outta me!

tulipmom said...

Oh my goodness! I'm glad you're OK. Hope the pain meds are helping and that your boyz (all 4 of 'em) are letting you take it easy.

hqm said...

Yikes! Enjoy Lala land for the rest of us!

Shauna said...

Glad you're home. Try to get some rest. Sucks that they couldn't manage your pain!

hot potato said...

i am glad you are okay....at least you know your heart is in good shape. i would have been nervous. take care of yourself the next few days.

Houses, Couches and Babies said...

You poor thing. I am glad that you can look back at your hospital experience and chuckle a little...or maybe that is just the drugs. I hope that you are getting lots of help with your kids right now so that you can actually follow the doctor's orders. Take care and get better soon!

Cherann said...

I'm sorry you're in so much pain. That's no fun. Hope you feel better soon. (BTW that description of Costochondritis sounded like a generic catchall diagnosis for when a perfectly healthy person has chest pain i.e. they have no explanation but they want to make something up)

I'm glad though that it's nothing serious.

navybluegirl said...

Oh man, how scary. Glad you are home.

sisters with style said...

What a scary ordeal. I'm so glad you are home and in your own comfortable bed. Here is to some much needed rest and relaxation.

sisters with style said...

Wow, you must have really been in pain! So sorry to hear about this. Glad you're home!

A said...

See how you are....trying to out do everyone else's Monday? ;)

I'm glad your o.k.! Too bad you couldn't at least get a good night's sleep in the hospital...there should be some perks!

Queen Heather said...

Oh no Sarah! That is rough! Here's to a speedy recovery.

Thirty-One Trendy said...

Wow! How are you managing with the kids?

Kerry said...

Oh my gosh! I can not imagine being stuck in there for so long. I guess you can never ever be too safe. Was your husband with you? Thank god it wasn't anything too serious and you are home. How long is the pain going to last? Hope you feel better!

Suburban Oblivion said...

Ouch!!!!

pinks & blues girls said...

How terrifying. I hope you are feeling much, much better, and are getting some much-needed rest. At least there's no more Psycho Sally.

Hugs!

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

Kate said...

Boy, do you know how to have a good time.

I'm glad that your time away gave you some perspective on how sane your family is... but otherwise, here's to a nice, quiet, boring, stay-home weekend.

CakeHead said...

Oh man, I am glad you are ok and hope you are feeling better now!

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