Monday, April 21, 2008

My first trip to a Michigan ER...


Sunday morning I woke up in crazy amounts of pain in my left shoulder, chest, and neck. I couldn't reposition myself in bed where I wasn't in pain. I had light pain in my lower abdomen, but it was the chest pain that was agonizing. Knowing the warning signs of AMI (acute myocardial infaction aka heart attack) Taylor rushed me over to St. Mary's in Livonia.

After two EKG's, an IV, shots of dilaudid and toradol, two chest X-rays, an ultrasound, and five hours...I was diagnosed with an 8-cm hemorrhagic ovarian cyst that had ruptured. Apparently the fluid from the cyst was irritating some nerves that go into my upper body, which is called referred pain. Unfortunately, all of the pressure from the ultrasound made the actual ovary hurt even more, with more fluid leakage. I've been on vicodin and bedrest since I got home. I hope to feel well enough to go to work tomorrow, but for now I'm laying in bed. I've got a follow-up appointment with my primary care doctor this afternoon...hopefully I can muster up the energy to shower before then.

6 comments:

Mr. Hall said...

Crazy! I'm glad it wasn't a heart-attack though! :)
Sorry to hear that you were at the ER and not on business. . . I hope you get to feeling better soon.

Jessica Law said...

So sorry to hear that you had to deal with such a horrible thing. I have heard of those things and they are no fun for anyone I know that has had them. I hope you can get up and with it soon. I will keep you in my prayers.

Janica said...

Wow! As I was reading I was thinking it was your gallbladder. It sounded exactly like a gallbladder attack. No fun to hear what it really was. I sure hope you get feeling better soon. You guys all deserve to get healthy! I cant believe how crazy its been for you all lately...

Parry-larious said...

WOW! Nicole, you have the most "interesting" blog with the wildest adventures of anyone I know. Keeps me checking your blog frequently, however. Hope you feel better soon!

Amelia said...

I have been there and done that....it is no fun. I thought I was dying of some weird illness. Glad you know what was going on- hope you feel better soon...

Quixotic Healer said...

Can your life BE anymore eventful? My goodness. Hope you are feeling better :)

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