Aug 14, 2012 - 8:17 pm
I am safe at home, my favorite place to be these days. I so hate hospitals!
After spending a long 7 hours in the ER, and feeling like I was at my lowest point, I convinced them to let me go home. I have been resting most of the day, but I know that you all are waiting for my update. So here goes..
I thought that I was just getting iv fluids. Wrong! I went to a smaller community hospital two towns over, since my reg doc and I both feel that the care and the speed in which I would receive that care would be so much faster. I have been to this hospital before, for the same reasons and found it to be a really nice local option. Since I was supposed to just have fluids, the choice to go there over the big university hospital made sense.
Well. I got some fluids after many tries at starting an iv. Then was told that I would be getting another ct scan. That makes three in the past month. That is a lot of radiation, and given my history, I don't want any extra. But, I was in such a low place both physcially and emotionally I said okay. They wanted to compare to last weeks scan. That turned into another nightmare experience. The iv blew just as the contrast was starting to go in. So I needed another one started, right there in the scan room. So scary nurse ratchett came in the room demanding to see all of my arm, which I had told them only some veins work. I told her no, not to touch me and asked for the earlier nurse who was able to start the iv with kindness and compassion. There was another awful nurse before her, which my hubby told to leave. She slammed her paper work down and left. It must have been a bad night for the nurses. But I was able to luck out with this lovely second nurse. Anyway, she was able to come to the scan room and understood why I was upset and got another one going.
They gave me iv pain meds, which helped after the second or third dose. I don't really remember.
As far as my counts go, I am at the exact cut off for transfusing. It sucks, since I am only a tiny bit from needing blood but if I can manage without it, then I am better for it. My hemoglobin is 8 and my hematocrit is 24.6. the cut off for the crit is 25, but since the hg is 8 and that is the cut off , they are either waiting for the hg to drop or the crit to rise. if I drop any more, I get transfused.
As far as the fluids, I don't feel like it made a difference, but it's so hard to tell at this point. I am beyond fatigued and the pain and pain meds really are taking a toll. So, I really have no idea. I am just resting mostly and trying to eat little bites of anything.
Hubby is napping right now, poor guy. This is really hard on him too. I wish I could spare him some of the stress and fear he must feel. If I feel fear, he must really feel it. He tries so hard to be strong and just take care of me, I just feel so bad for him.
Anyway, that is my update. I'll try to post later on. I need to lie down for awhile.
Thank you all for sending me strength and positive energy. I have so little right now to give to myself, but I gladly share that with you too. I know that so many of you are going through you own struggles right now, I send you hugs and hope that you days will become easier also.