I’m fine now. Okay, maybe not one hundred percent fine but so much better than I was on Thursday. I just FEEL like I’m alright in comparison with…you get the idea.
The left side of my head was wracked with searing pain, I could only describe it (and again this makes NO sense) as oozing green jello on crack cocaine wearing a choker collar, fastened way too tight. The black collar was sharp, with metal triangular studs bursting through it about to swallow my skin. I have never had a headache, a one-sided headache, that bad, deep and unrelenting before in my life. And yes, in my imagination, there was blood, messy, crimson, creepy blood dripping from all my veins into my wide open mouth.
It was the headache that went on and off for weeks but got progressively worse. Anyone living with Fibromyalgia is no wimp, let me start by telling you that. I’ve known all kinds of chronic pain but this was new. “Join the club” did not seem like an appropriate greeting. This stabbing, shooting misery aimed directly at the left temple and whole left side of my face were like launched missiles hitting their target every single time.
I was also nauseous and my left arm tingled. I was my in my war zone. Finally, after a few hours of this non-stop torture, I agreed, I even urged, to go to the Emergency Room where luckily there were no lines of people waiting ahead of me. I was so grateful that there was only one family before me that I could have started sobbing at the registration desk.
I was already dizzy, so that when the security guard on duty started asking me questions, I just had to pry my aching head, from my folded arms on the counter, and squint to answer what my name was, my address etc. that was all I could handle.
When they finally called my name they led me to a room which happened to house another patient with the same symptoms, it was so odd. The nurse, the lovely and sweet nurse, was amazed at both patients’ similarities and if we could have laughed, we would have but at that time we still hadn’t received pain relief and we had no sense of humor.
After what seemed like hours, the ER doctor breezed in and while questioning a few things on my chart (not confidence inspiring At ALL)” What’s a stapedectomy mean? What does the drug Savella do?” 1) ear operation 2) a drug for Fibromyalgia.
Finally, FINALLY they gave me shot of some heavenly drug with a dose of benadryl and a huge bag of saline solution. They took me for a CAT scan and insulted my brain and my age which were not the same (never mind) as they should be and left me to doze.
The medicine wore off quickly and while all I wanted was to get out of the hospital, away from potential staph infections (I watch way too much Grey’s Anatomy) my neighbor chose another shot (not that I blamed her) and slept it off. At one point I actually wore small blue hospital gloves that embarrassed my husband, shocked the ER doctor and amused me immensely. I left to just get out of the hospital germ zone and they gave me a Percocet to swallow on the way out. All of this is true.
We left at 1:30 am and I stumbled to bed. The next day I had three, yes, three doctor appointments: First with the Rheumatologist that my husband was hell-bent on me keeping (I regretted that. 2) My Internist (follow up from the ER and 3) New (bad-ass) Neurologist because I had no choice and I lucked out with a great doctor!!
She was an impressive, straight forward, to the point and very, very nice and I begged to be her patient to which she smiled and said she didn’t care who I made my post office appointment with and half winked….We love her. (A big thank you to my friend Phyllis.)
So, now I wait, until eleven pm, a more decent time to go to bed than 8pm. I’ve been waiting for this time, this pain pill, and my pillows all day and night. I think of it this way, nothing could be worse than the headache of yore. It won’t happen again, I hope.
*All typos and grammatical errors are due to prescription drugs that I am NOT abusing.
Laurie , I’m so sorry you have to go through this…I hope you feel much better soon. xoxo
I am so sorry to hear you’ve been so sick!!! That is scary to have a headache like that. 😦
I hope the new neurologist can help and in the meantime rest easy my friend!!
Oh, Laurie, I’m so sorry to hear this. Hoping you’ll feel much better soon.
Blessings of health,
You don’t know how much that means to me, I was very low last night. Thank you so much, Dani.
Here if you need/want, sweetie.
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Laurie! You HAVE to STOP using the ER to screen new doctors. I admit though it’s a very clever technique to get topics for your blog and chapters for your up coming novel . . . “The Adventures of a Foodie”.
P.S. Very glad you are a bit better and you found a doctor who knows the power of a good wink.
a) i don’t have my brain power back so i don’t understand why the ER would be a good place to find topics for my new novel The Adventures of a Foodie and b) while I trust you implicitly, I was very low last night. I can’t go through all of this again. c) i also have temporarily lost my sense of humor. d) I’m grinning, maybe not!!
Laurie!! I hate this! I know for you to go to the ER it had to be intense, you are not a wimp. So, you loved the new neurologist………..what did she say? Any ideas from her? I have been absent from the internet and I have lots of ???? for you. I will check for you online tonight.