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Conquering The Sickness

Posted: September 22, 2016 in Uncategorized
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troublegettinghelp“A hospital is no place to be sick.” ~ Samuel Goldwyn

Wow!! It has definitely been a long time.

This afternoon I’ve been battling whether or not to talk about this here on Dambreaker. But I decided to at least do it for myself. If not, for others.

I’ve been sick. Like REALLY sick for the longest time, with edema in my legs. I guess it happens frequently to wheelchair users as their legs dangle downward when they are sitting upright.

I was no exception. Definitely no exception.

At last, it got so bad that they were draining fluids on their own and my skin was in horrible condition. Not to mention any infection I may have had.

I finally made the decision to go to the emergency room via ambulance.

This would be a turning point in terms of my health. The moment I arrived, everyone who gazed upon my legs was in pure shock.

It did not take them long to make the decision to admit me into the hospital. But I knew that was coming any way.

After getting fluids, antibiotics, and pain killers in my system. I felt that I was on the road to recovery. And depending how long it would take the edema to go away from my legs was  good question.

I even had two musician friends come and visit me while in the hospital. So cool…thank you to them for showing up.

But a few days later, I woke up around 5:00 AM in so much pain. I was cold and shivering and it was uncontrollable. By the time the sun had come up, I was fading in and out. And I could not keep my eyes open at all. And I couldn’t find myself to keep warm. pain

Then I remember nothing but blackness. Like a film or TV show “fading to black”, sort of.

After that, it was a few hours later. Just like THAT!! I was sitting up in bed for a while and then had to lay back down. Nurses and hospital staff were congratulating me for what they said was for “coming back quickly” – but I did not understand. I had to be told that after the “fade to black” feeling, I was flat line for about two or three minutes, then I was revived. Apparently I was gone…. lost… and through the help of modern medicine, I came back.

I don’t recall much of anything about the incident, other than being told that I was “gone for a minute or two.”

Yet I was much, much, much stronger than that!!!! It was NOT my time.

The following day, I was pumping pain killers in me like clock work. By about the second day after the incident, I was being discharged from the hospital. The doctor however said something about going into “rehab” and it was up to me to pick a place to go to.

Rehab? What the hell?? What is this “rehab” you speak of dumbass?

In a panic I picked a location without knowing ANYTHING about the places that were offered to me. NOT A THING. nurse

The place that I chose for “rehab” ended up being “REHABILITATION AND SKILLED NURSING” — yep…. a damn nursing home!!!

What had I done??

So my first 48 hours there was pure torture. Including the fact that the bed was so uncomfortable beyond all measure.

After the first 24, I was in a meeting with the director. I was NOT happy with the way I had been treated. She agreed that it should have never happened. I came back with an idle threat out of frustration and severe anger “Maybe I’d be better off going back to the hospital.” I received no response.

So for seven days, I was stuck in the hell hole known as the nursing home. My roommate was a 70 year old man who was an alcoholic and farted and burped every time he was asleep and started to wake up. Every-single-time.

And of course the sights, smells, and sounds of a traditional nursing home. UGHHHHH!!!

But this afternoon… today…. I came home.

I’m not feeling quite 100% but I am so glad to be home. And I NEVER wanna go through that kind of crap ever again. From the near death to the misery. Never, never, ever.

I am alive. I am home. That’s all there needs to be.

migraines

“After I saw the first thing I ever did, I got a migraine.”~Claire Forlani

Such a brutal 24 hours or so. And its still not over for me as of yet.

Last night I was feeling quite strange as I began to shiver and shake from out of nowhere. I did check my temperature and found a fever.

Great. Just great. Sick during the summer? That’s not what I want.

Eventually I would some how fall asleep by some miracle. And then this morning, the shivers went away, the fever was gone, but my head hurt like crazy.

So now I have a migraine. Water overdosing: here I come!!!

But I was lucky enough to find a caring soul to actually take me to the emergency room to just simply DEAL with it. And  so I wondered what they were going to do. I mean, I wasn’t suffering any severe injury of any kind. It was just a migraine.

And before I knew it, a few hours later  I was back at home.

The nurse announced that I was sick. And also said that I had a migraine.

Well no shit, Sherlock. I told you that when you asked me the reason as to why I was there in the first place.

A few moments later was the lowering of trou, and a syringe in the ass and sent home.

Fantastic. What the hell was that all about??

I would find out within a matter of minutes.

Apparently, I had ceased to make any sense when I talked. I wasn’t forming any cognitive words in ANY language and I kept slumping over in the passenger’s seat.

Then I just kinda stared at my ceiling as it spun counter-clockwise. It was then that I began to wonder the meaning of life and where we come from. You know, all those big and heavy-hitting questions.

The next thing I knew I was sitting straight up, but on the floor.  And it was dark outside. How the hell did I get out of the wheelchair? And how did I do it without injuring myself??

If you see any part of MY DAY on your milk carton…. please let me know.