So 3 days ago on a Saturday I went to a doctor to have a check up on a pain that I had in the front left of my abdomen. He made me do the usual things and tested my urine to see if there was any blood in it. Giving me a note to take to the hospital, I was concerned what that meant. Dad had taken me, and so he had suggested I go to the hospital now, so we did. Went to the front desk at the emergency section, and they took my details, made me do another urine sample, and I was called quickly to room 13 on the lower floor. The nurse there asked me questions on the pains I had. (it was so weird, like every person I saw working there was all female, so so many females of all ages! the Men were doctors who only talked about what treatment I needed and such, and the men were the janitors, but the woman are the ones who did all my things and appeared to do all the actual hospital work! And to think, the media is like "Woman need more work instead of men because they don't have any" pffft) So yeah, she went over my details, tested my blood pressure and heart rate, which is all perfect and good. they did this test quite often, like multiple times a day, and also during the night. (so they'd wake you up for a midnight test and such) So she went away to discuss what is wrong with me, and people came back telling me it could be three things: Kidney stones, gall stones and something else. Three types of scans were suggested. Catscan, CT, ect. (this was also after another nurse had come in and started touching my ball sack to see if there was any lumps or irregularities there, a female mind you, she almost did it with her eyes closed because she didn't seem to want to do it, I didn't mind, I know that they need to check all things just in case, and if I had a lump or something there that was not meant to be there, it'd be better to know)
I chose the CTscan, and waited for about a hour before being taken in to the machine. Was quite interesting being exposed to radiation, but luckily this one is on the lower end of it, so not too bad effects on me. really being effected at all in unlikely so I was ok with it. Afterwards, was taken back to my room, and they said that I could have one of two things from the results. A twisting of the colon, or fat cells in the colon expanding and pushing to the edges which was causing my pain. Ended up being that they determined I had "Diverticular disease". So they put the drip needle in me (sheesh that hurt going in) And hooked me up to some IV to stop dehydration. It's water and electrolytes pumped right into your bloodstream.
My dad was with me through this and had no idea that I would be staying over night. He got sooooo worried when the nurse said I would be, and complained that she didn't tell us earlier on (we were waiting for like 5 hours before I was taken upstairs to stay over night) It was about now that they had a bed open, and my mom arrived. She brought me my tablet to pass time with and I spent a lot of time on my mobile. They followed me upstairs to my room above... which funnily was also in room 12-15, and I was in bed 13! xD
They had left, and I was put on antibiotics. had that thing constantly dripping into my arm for what felt like forever, the only time it really hurt though was when they put the 4 hour drip really strong antibiotic on, had that once a day. Fortunately the 2nd time they did that one I managed to sleep for 3 hours.
So there I was, lying in a bed for hours and hours, with nurses constantly checking on me, watching what I could on the tv they had setup. could only move my right arm as the drip was in the left one, had to keep that arm straight and perfectly facing upwards for the entire time. The IV makes you go to the toilet a lot, but since I could move, I didn't get that thing in me, and had to keep getting up with my portable thing, moving it to the toilet before I could go, had to go like 46 times over my course there because that makes you want to go almost every 30mins xD.
Had some others in there with me, The lady across from my bed complained a lot to the nurses, telling them she wanted to go home and such. She nearly pulled the things out of her arm and everything just to get the nurses to come see her. The doctors didn't want to send her home as she had some serious issues, but she was tired of the noise and pain they were putting her through. eventually they let her go later on in the day. As they are legally not allowed to hold people against their will. Guy across from me had his birthday at the hospital, so they allowed his wife and kids to visit them before visiting hours and stay for 7 hours till he could get up and leave. Problem there was the parents got sooo angry at the kids touching things and screaming and yelling. Cause others were in the room who were trying to sleep - as they were in much worse condition them he was. guy diagonally from me had the tubes in all parts of him, nose and toilet area's ect. He looked bad but seemed to be fighting what was wrong, and holding on. He needed sleep more then any of us, luckily the kids didn't seem to bother him as much as I did constantly see him sleeping. (the kids even pressed the "call nurse for emergency button", the swearing from the parents got bad then)
I didn't sleep much at all the first night, having only gotten one hour of sleep, and 24+ hours of no food or drink, I got cranky xD. My family came to visit me as it was my younger brothers birthday, I got to say happy birthday to him which was nice, and they stayed awhile by my side. of course it's boring for them so I knew they wouldn't be long, and left me and my mom there. She stayed with me for hours and kept me company. Which was great. They all feared my time there and were so worried. After my mom left, they started giving me extra things. I had an injection in my belly, and one in both legs to help stop blood clotting, was given pressure socks to help with that too. they took blood from my right arm as well. my first meal there was free fluids, non solid foods. It was great to get to eat something I gulfed it all down so quickly xD
Hospital food is pretty good. before I left they gave me some beef lasagne and custard with peaches. The others in the room who were healthier got a choice of their meal (I was always only given what the doc's said I could have)
3 days of pain being there, hardly any sleep, so much pumped into me.
Finally able to leave after all that, 3500 mils of IV and 2000 mils of an assortment of antibiotics inside me, I waited for about 6 hours for them to get the paperwork ready. Another doctor came into my room, and said his diagnosis for me was that I had elliptical appendagitis, instead of the first diagnosis of diverticular. So I had to sign something that gave them conscent to do a colonoscopy in 6-8weeks. That will determine what is truly up with my insides, and something for me to look forward too. if it's the first one, that means that I just need to be on pain killers for a good while. If it's the latter, I need to go back in and be monitored, and eat a lot more fibre.
All I know is, I am glad to be home, glad to not be in intense pain, and glad to finally be able to sleep for an extended period of time.
I'll be around where I can, just having to recover for now!
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!