Friday, March 13, 2009

That'll Teach Me...

The sun pounding through the car window was obviously too much heat for my mast-cell sensitive body. So, on route to see my Orthopedic Surgeon I started flushing, itching and feeling sick to my stomach. Got a pounding headache. Tachycardia (rapid heart beat), followed by bradychardia (slow beats) and back again. And, I was like this for a couple of hours. But, I could breathe. And, my lungs didn't hurt. I consider this, no lung & breathing pain, a huge success.

Within a minute of being in Ambulatory Care with my Ortho. Surgeon, I began reacting. When I found it difficult to swallow, I coughed, spluttered and gagged. It wouldn't stop, and then I just couldn't swallow. Totally frightening. Dr. Smythe (Ortho) called nurses for help and to geta wheelchair. A nurse came in, took one look at me and said we didn't have time to get a wheelchair, so they both grabbed me, held me firm and we scooted over to Emerg. just around the corner. However, I lost consciousness and did a face plant in the emerg. hallway. Got that weird all over body tingling sensation, felt by entire body become rag doll-like, and I woke up on the ground face down. Head hurt, and the knee I've just had surgery on in the past few weeks was killing me.

Then I puked and puked the white foamy crap that comes flying out of my body.

The benadryl injection & Epi they gave me in the arms totally did the trick. It all died down.

There's a nurse there, who's always snarky with me. I don't know if this is her attempts at humour or what, but she is brutal. When I was stable, she came in to put my wrist band on and said quietly to me, "that was quite the stunt you pulled out there, eh?" I opted to not react to her. I don't have to justify myself to this woman.

I found myself having a huge emotional reaction to all of this. I started thinking things like, "that'll teach you to go yelling to the world that you got through a month sans reaction!" and the sense that I had somehow 'failed' immeasurably washed over me. I got angry about this disease; about these reactions; about being in the rescucitation room AGAIN and for the drama that had ensued in the hallway. I wasn't there for my children last night...I felt like I had failed them.

So, you know the drill, post-reaction. Benadryl every 4 hours. Prednisone daily. And all the other meds. Rest. No un-known environments; stay safe. Rest.

This is the first reaction where my lungs haven't hurt. Perhaps the Singulair, Ketotifen & emerg. ventolin are working?

I'm not out of the woods yet. The digestive response to this was huge. I've had pain in my right kidney/adrenal gland since (last night was particularly painful) and my knees/long bones...ugh, someone shoot me.

I got about 1.5 hours sleep last night. Had to hit exhaustion before my body would succumb. Insanity. I did, however, get a good chunk of my final paper for the distance ed. course I'm taking, done.

All in all, a lot less of a reaction than usual. But still not great.

I guess the fact that I made it to a month, is still there. And good.

Ok, new goal...another month reaction-free. Here we come. Trying, at least.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about all of this. It's the last thing you needed.

About that nurse, she should definitely be reported to the College of Nurses here -

If you can get her name, even just first name, and tell me which hospital, I'll report her and get a full investigation going. Email me on this when you feel better.


Foxxy One said...

I'm sorry you had a reaction and I'm angry that you had to deal with such a horrible nurse.

Please remember that you don't have to be subjected to this kind of care. I agree with Carrie, she needs to be reported.

Here's to your next reaction-free month.

Dawn Pongon said...

Sounds like nurse Snarky has a cork up her ass that either needs to be removed or shoved in higher. Girl! When are you going to slow down? I have had the serious flu all week, I owe you a huge email with many updates and changes. And for the future, please remember that I am the Drama Queen and you are to do all your fainting and reacting in a manner in which all nurses and doctors find acceptable. ;)