1:00 am, Today:
Went to bed.
1:01 am-Realized that I couldn't lie on my right side or back without considerable pain.
2:00 am- Still trying to find a pain free way to sleep. Wonder if I have somehow cracked a few ribs.
3:00 am- Still trying.
5:30 am-My moans of agony wake up Geoff. I explain that I am having a hard time taking a deep breath, and that the pain in my right side is getting worse. I wonder aloud if I have somehow contracted Hep A, or experiencing the beginnings of pancreatitis.
6:30 am- We discuss Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room.
8:00 am- Arrive at B-North ER. While getting up to get a drink from water fountain, I find that I am unable to even talk through the pain.
8:30 am- My sobbing has alerted staff that a bed is necessary.
8:35 am-IV is started, blood culture is taken and a temp of 100.0 is recorded.
9:00 am-Waiting to see the next available doctor. We are told that I can't have any pain meds until I see said doctor.
10:30 am- Still waiting. Curse critical patients coming in with heart failure, trauma and projectile vomiting.
11:00 am-I am taken to X-ray. Able to stand for chest X-ray, but when time comes for abdomen X-rays with me laying on my back, end result is screaming.
11:30 am- Look over at Geoff after I finish bout of crying, tell him that I love him, and proceed to begin sobbing again.
12:00 pm- Meet Dr. Lloyd. Told that my urine sample is full of leukocytes,
bacteria, pus and blood.
12:05 pm- Screaming again because during exam, Dr. squeezes my sides and does some deep palp to my abdomen. Dr. orders pain meds and I never see him again.
12:30 pm- Finally get pain meds: Morphine for pain, Phenergan to control nausea, and Ativan to relax me.
1:00 pm- Diagnosed with acute UTI, given prescriptions for Vicodin and Cipro and discharged.
So, there's my day in a nutshell.
How are you?