Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hospitals Suck.

I apologize for interrupting the fun, colorful nail art and other cosmetic goodness posts, but I'm afraid this has to be said. Hospitals suck, and not in the happy fun way. Let's see if I can sum this up briefly...

Some of you may know I've been sick for three and a half weeks now. Coughing, feeling horribly achy and weak, body aches, etc... it's not been a pleasant month here. For a week, I felt too bad to go to the doctor, which is sort of scary, but there ya go.

Last night, I ended up having a hard enough time breathing that I said enough was enough and finally went to the emergency room. I'm pretty fond of breathing, and when I feel like I can't I get rather grumpy. I'd have gone to the doctor sooner, but I have pretty severe medical anxiety, so it takes a LOT to get me into a doctor's office.

While sitting in the waiting room, I had lots of time to think about just why I dislike going to the emergency room. Forget being surrounded by sick's just not very fun.  Even though I was there for my chest they made me strip naked and sit waiting in a tiny hospital gown that was totally open down the back. Then they wanted me to walk to radiology!

Yes, I put my pants back on before the trip to radiology. Some things I just won't do. :D

One bit amused me, though. The doctor seemed convinced that I smoke for some reason. He asked me at least three different times during the exam if I smoked, as if he'd somehow sneak up on me and get me to change my story. I'm actually pretty boring- I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, I don't do much of anything except craft!

Ahh well, it's ok. Even though the doctor seemed convinced I had pneumonia, I don't. I have pretty bad bronchitis, and that's what's been making me feel dizzy and pass out too. That breathing thing really IS important!

Also, don't be like me. If you end up with something you can't kick after 3-4 days, go to your doctor. As the doctor told me, you don't want to end up like Jim Henson- he died of an easily treatable pneumonia, and had he seen the doctor even one day earlier, he'd have survived. I got lucky this time, but you might not.

Til next time, hopefully with better breathing!

My lungs hate me.
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  1. Laynie, Laynie, Laynie... tsk tsk tsk, you need to take care of yourself girl! Breathing is generally helpful ;-) As someone who has weakened lungs from 2 bouts of pneumonia and countless run-ins with bronchitis, I feel your pain and know how horrible it is to not be able to breathe. Still, oxygen is good stuff, we need it, get thee to a doctor sooner next time!
    <3 -Lynn

  2. I know, I know. And if it had acted like it usually does when I have bronchitis, I'd have been there a LOT sooner. This one came and went, like my body was trying to fight it off, so I wanted to let it. I absolutely HATE taking antibiotics! But I didn't have that burny chest I usually have with bronchitis, and the breathing problems weren't even bad enough for me to use my asthma inhaler, usually. So I figured it was gonna go away on its own.

    Yea, I know, stupid. Had it been any of my friends I'd have told them to get their butts to the doctor long before.

  3. Oh honey, they do. I despise going to them. And, it's basically because every time I do, they tell me some crap answer about what's wrong with me and don't get to the root of the problem. *sigh* Sending you many *hugs* I guess they kept asking you that because bronchitis is so common among smokers, but you already told them you didn't. Sheesh. I hope you get to feeling better!

  4. Hope you feel better! Hospitals are horrible. You're not alone on the craft thing. I'm boring as well. :)

  5. Please start feeling better soon. It would suck without you!


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