6.13.2008

I'm back... sort of.

I haven't posted because I've been in the hospital getting re-hydrated after a bout with the worst gastrointestinal illness I've ever had. I don't want to be gross here, but at first it just seemed like run of the mill stomach flu. When I started to take in tiny amounts of fluid, I would immediately throw up (or otherwise void) at least 10 times the volume of what I put in. I kept thinking it would get better soon, but it just didn't. When I got to the ER, the doc told me my vitals were terrible (hypertensive, tachycardia) and pumped me up with 2 liters of saline. I felt better after the first 500 mL. Now that I'm home, my stomach is still churning, but I'm keeping fluids down much better and my anti-nausea medication is helping.

What I learned from this incident: Don't underestimate the danger of dehydration. Listen to your instincts. Be thankful for health insurance.

And, no, I didn't eat any tomatoes!

3 comments:

seattlemom said...

Glad you hear that you survived. Did you get your flu shot this year? :) Being in the biz, which hospital did you go too?

PleaseRecycle said...

Yup, sure did get a flu shot. We went to MCG- they wheeled me out of triage immediately. That's one benefit of being extremely sick- no waiting in the emergency room!

nea said...

oh, S, that is horrible. anything i can do from here? dehydration is awful and so is over-hydration of water. both get your electrolytes out of whack, which can cause serious problems that are surprisingly hard to catch!
FEEL better!