So apparently my body has decided it likes to stay at The “Ritz” a little too much. Sure, its got housekeeping everyday, attention at the push of a button, comfortable room, and even “room service”. Ha! Unfortunately,I’m here for stomach pain and my one night stay turned into an “extended stay”.
I’ve now been at St. Joes since basically Friday. I was in the ER Friday, stayed for 12 hours and then released. I went right back to the ER on Saturday. The docs can’t figure out what’s wrong with my stomach. They think it may be some kind of pancreatitis, but not sure. I’ve had a multitude of tests and nothing seems to stand out. Saturday, the pain in my stomach was so severe I was doubled over, sweating profusely, swearing all sorts of random things, and crying. I saw white lights and stars. I literally thought to myself, “I am dying! This is is what it’s all about?? There’s no peace in this! I see white lights, but I’m in pain!” My poor father and sister rushed me to the hospital. I can’t even imagine how they felt watching me experience such pain. When we got to the ER I was admitted pretty quickly.
They shot me up with Dilaudid and Fenergen for nausea and I was out. I woke up about 6 hours later to the nurse telling my family that I was able to go home and they were going to work on the discharge papers. I immediately spoke up and exclaimed that I was not going anywhere until we knew what the problem was. The pain I had experienced early was the most horrific thing and I didn’t think mentally or physically I would be able to handle going through it again without being under the care of the hospital. They ended up admitting me 10 hours after we originally got to the ER.
The docs decided to not let me have any food/liquid by mouth. Last night I was finally allowed apple juice. When it seemed that my stomach was able to handle that, I received the go ahead for soft foods. I went straight for the cafeteria mashed potatoes, which at the time seemed like the tastiest carbs I’ve ever had in my life.
Unfortunately, my stomach started cramping up and I ended up throwing up about an hour later.
Tuesday was really rough.