My second ER trip and new ED problems

January 23, 2008 at 1:26 am (Eating Disorder, Health, Rants) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yesterday I went in for a follow up at the doctor’s office. My pain had gotten worse, my left kidney had started hurting bad, and I was severely dehydrated. Guess what? I get sent BACK to the ER. Only three days after going there initially. The doctor had run the usual tests (needle hole three in my right arm) and I came up showing infection in my blood lab and blood and infection in my urine. So over to the emergency room she sends me. I had the quickest triage interview ever before they took me back to a tiny little room. Kenny was with me and I knew he wouldn’t be happy spending the better part of the day sitting around, but that’s what he gets for having a very unhealthy girlfriend. They immediately start IV fluids, which always sucks. But I’m used to needles. Anyway, they take their own specimens and send me over for a CT. Apparently I had crystals in my urine when I was there Friday (which they neglected to mention because the UTI was the bigger concern) but this time my urine there was fine, although it had been really bad only a few hours earlier. The only thing was ketones, which is nothing new for me. Anyway, my CT was clean (they wanted to check for kidney stones because of the pain and crystals in the urine) so they basically didn’t know what to tell me except to keep taking the antibiotics. And drink lots of fluids, even if they make me sick. I’ve been using the laxatives since Friday (doctor’s recommendation) and I’m concerned that could become problematic with the eating disorder. I know they only cause loss of water weight, but it’s not that. It’s that empty feeling they give me. And I know I’m hurting myself. I’m not sure how to explain it. It’s like with the diet pills. I know they’re both unhealthy and don’t work, but it’s all mental. Good thing I see the therapist later. Because I’m not doing too well. Hopefully my kidney infection will clear up, I won’t actually have kidney stones, and I’ll be able to stop the laxxies before I mess myself up even more.

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My visit to the ER Friday.

January 21, 2008 at 2:08 am (Health, Rants) (, , , , , , , , , )

Friday morning I went for the walk-in clinic at my doctor’s office. For a few days I was having severe abdominal pain and a low grade fever. When I got back, the nurse did her usual stuff then left, leaving me with a small glass of water to drink, for the urine sample. By the time the doctor came in, I was lying on the table, dizzy, pale, sweaty, etc. I finally got with it enough, explained my symptoms. He did a physical examination then ordered X-rays of my abdomen and a trip to the lab. So I do all that and go back to the exam room, after a stop at the bathroom for their other sample. He comes back in. I didn’t like the look on his face though. He tells me I’m not pregnant (no surprise) and my tests show no sign of infection. My X-rays looked fine too. So he basically has no idea what’s wrong with me. He’s concerned that it might be my appendix and he sends me straight to the ER. Lucky me, the doctor’s office is located in the hospital complex, so it’s just a short wheelchair trip over there. I call my mom, then get in line for triage. When they get me back, they take all the samples again for their own analysis. Long story short, I get diagnosed with a severe UTI and dehydration. Which figures. So with antibiotics, anti nausea pills, and instructions to drink more fluids, I get sent home. By today (Sunday), my left kidney is so painful I’m doubled over half the time, I can’t keep anything down, my fever’s spiked, and the abdomenal pain hasn’t gotten better. So I’m going back to the doctor tomorrow, and I hope they can finally get this figured out and taken care of, because at this point, I think I’m extremely sick.

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