I still don’t feel my best, but boy what a scare.
On Thursday night I had Bunko with friends. The entire day I wasn’t really feeling right but didn’t want to cancel because you need a certain amount of people to play the game. I showed up feeling like I took several sleeping pills. I was exhausted – almost as if my body was giving up on me.
Once the game was over I crawled into bed but couldn’t really sleep. I suddenly felt like I had to flu. Skin sensitive to the touch. Back aching. Chills. Fever. Restless legs. It was terrible. But there was no cold associated with. I wasn’t sneezing or coughing etc. So I didn’t’ know what was going on.
The next morning I woke up with 102. 5 fever. My normal temperature is 97.4 not 98.6. So that was really 103.5. For an adult, I feel like that’s uncommon. Naturally I couldn’t function. I tried to sleep as much as I could but then I started to have these stomach pains that were debilitating. For moms that have had c-sections — you know the feeling when you have gas right after surgery? That’s what I felt for 3 days straight every 10 minutes. My stomach and intestines are still soar.
Another day passed and no change. Severely high fever accompanied by these terrible stomach pains. It was like contractions – that’s the only thing I’ve ever felt that could level up with the pain.
Finally at around 8PM on Saturday I couldn’t take it anymore. I told Bill I had to go to the hospital. My heart was racing – 20 beats counted during 10 seconds – even though I wasn’t moving. The fever wasn’t lessening and the pain just got unbearable.
We called our doctor and he agreed. Thought maybe it was appendicitis.
After several hours in the ER, the doctors said it could just be a nasty stomach virus but couldn’t give me more details. My blood work came back ok and the doctors were able to press down on my stomach. They said if it really was my appendix, they wouldn’t be able to do that. So they felt I didn’t need a CAT scan.
We ended up getting discharged after 130 or so. I came home fully hydrated (they gave me 2 bags filled with some medicine) and that made me feel better. Because I was sleeping so much – I must have gotten dehydrated.
Today the stomach pains are a bit better. They gave me medicine to manage the cramping. My fever has lowered to 100 which is out of the danger zone ( I think) but I am still very weak. It’s just really scary because I can’t pin point where I picked up this bug. The ER nurses kept asking me if I traveled out of country lately. But my last trip out of the country was when I went to Costa Rica over a year ago.
I knew there was an issue last night because I got to a point where I couldn’t handle the pain anymore. This was the first time I ever went to the ER and I was a MESS in the waiting room. I looked like DEATH. When I sat down people got up and moved themselves away from me.
I canceled every function I had in the city next week except for one. I’m REALLY going to take it easy this week because I need this virus to get taken care of. Rest, fluids and the medication the doctor gave me is all I need right now.
Natalie and Liam were crying. They kept saying ‘What’s wrong with Mommy?” because I was bent over with pain and I could barely focus from the fever.
What a weekend. Luckily, I can feel that I am on the road to recovery. The cramping is still happening but at a much less frequency and on a lower scale of pain. The fever is still going on but the ER doctor had faith that this would get resolved soon.
It’s moments like these when I realize how much I take health for granted. You never praise the days when you wake up and feel healthy and are able to do things with your children. Those days are not just a given. Health is a true gift. Lesson learned.