Well, when I said I planned to seek out new experiences for one of my 2016 resolutions, taking my first ever trip to A & E wasn’t realllllllly what I had in mind!
I was just starting to get my blogging mojo back as well, and now I’ve had a months absence again, HMMPH. Anyway, I just wanted to explain why it went quiet, again.
So my tale starts about two weeks ago, on a bright and sunny Monday. I was shopping and experiencing what I thought were cramps, and I didn’t think much of it.
The next day I realised that I was probably suffering from a bladder infection (which is apparently realllly common), so I went to the GP to get some antibiotics. I had my theory driving test booked that week, and although I was in a lot of pain and feeling really rough (I had also been hit by a ton of cold symptoms) I managed to get through it and passed with ease, even though it was a complete blur!
However, by Thursday, I was feeling worse rather than better, and I was in pure agony despite being half way through the antibiotics. I couldn’t concentrate on anything, not even reading or watching TV, and was unable to get more than about 3 hours sleep over three days. Not cool! I tried to get another GP appointment but all the spaces were full, so I prepared for another painful night, with the pain now spreading from my abdomen to my back.
I FINALLY managed to get another GP’s appointment for Friday evening, and I was given a stronger set of antibiotics and painkillers, as well as a letter for the hospital for if I needed it, that would help me skip some of the initial proceedings as the GP was worried that it could be developing into a kidney infection.
Welllll, about an hour later I was in even more pain (if that was possible) and had an increased temperature as well as other warning signs that the Doctor said if they surfaced I should go to A & E, so I found myself being bundled into the car by my parents and driven to hospital – yay!
I went from nurse to nurse, being asked the same questions about what the problem was until I was finally put in a temporary waiting room kind of bed. I was given an ECG, my blood was taken and I was set up for IV drips (or whatever they’re called). I was also given some strong pain killers (thank god). They continued doing tests and I was left in limbo until eventually I was seen by a doctor at about 2am who confirmed I had a kidney infection and would have to stay overnight in a hospital wing. Eventually, a free bed became available at about 3.30am. I was given intravenous fluids (the see-through bag things) with antibiotics, and marveled at how I felt like an extra on Grey’s Anatomy (unfortunately, without all the good looking doctors).
The next day I spiked a horrible temperature which meant that I had to stay another night. I felt pretty damn out of it I have to admit, those painkillers were stroooong! But I managed to stay entertained by listening to the dramas of the beds on either side of me, those curtains aren’t exactly soundproof! My parents and boyfriend stuck around all Saturday and brought me goodies (including a McDonalds – hallelujah because hospital food SUCKS. No, it’s not just a cliché), and then Sunday until I was released, making the whole thing a bit less of a horrible experience. I was eventually released Sunday evening.
It’s a week later now and I’m still feeling very out of it and tired, but I seem to be on the mend! Phew.
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Considering I had never had my blood drawn, had an ECG or ultrasound, gone to A & E or stayed in hospital before, I’m choosing to look at the whole thing as a sort of unintended adventure/life experience. I didn’t enjoy it at the time (obviously), but it’s all about how you look at it, right? 🙂 And it all turned out okay, eventually!
Have you ever tried to turn a bad situation into an adventure or see it as a life lesson or experience later? Have you guys had any unexpected adventures in 2016?