It seems I’m spending the weekend in the hospital. Not anybody’s favorite place I’m sure. But sadly I’m beginning to like it!
Long story short, I hurt my back last spring and been dealing with it ever since in a revolving door of doctors and physical therapy and pills etc. The past few weeks have been excruciating painful and I’ve been barely able to walk. Been using my mom’s cane, and look like an old lady. Actually I think it might have been my grandma’s cane. And I AM an old lady. An old crippled lady now.
I finally gave up the ghost early this morning and drove to the ER. I limped in with my cane and my rolling suitcase, filled with medical records, pills, clean PJ’s and undies, laptop, smartphone and Nook Color. The nurse who took me back raised her eyebrow at me and said “I see you brought your suitcase? You planning on staying long?” I told her in reply that I live alone and am always prepared for everything, and then whipped my suitcase open and handed her a neatly typed document with all my prescriptions, doctor’s, medical history, and insurance information. Within a half hour the doctor said they were going to admit me, and she gave me a wink and said “good thing you brought that suitcase”. Then she shot me up with Dilaudin and Tramadol, and I wanted to kiss her. First time I have been almost pain free in almost a year, and excruciating pain for a month.
I was in the ER for about 4 hours while the docs came and went and was waiting on a room. I dozed off and on and when I woke up the winky nurse was always there with more pain meds to shoot into my IV. Then they came and got me to take me to my room, and said how lucky I was that I got a room in the new wing that they called “The Hilton Towers”. Wow. Even in my drug-induced haze I could see what a lucky girl I was. Air bed, full size couch, lounge chair, three huge windows overlooking a park, bathroom with fold away mirrors and blow dryers and open shower big enough for a party. Oh, and don’t let me forget the flat screen TV. Digital clock built into a wall panel. Programmable thermostat. Tray table with laptop holder and multiple levels of drink holders etc. Sink with dispensers and full medical supply cabinet in main room. I could go on and on.
They got me all settled in and more shots, this time of morphine. Whatever. Took a nice nap. Family came to visit. Ordered dinner off a menu. Ate. More shots. Nice nap. But best of all??????? No pain. Ok, a little pain still. But seriously? No pain. I can’t remember a time when I felt no pain.
I still can’t get up without assistance and I’m certainly not running through the halls. Another MRI is schedule for either tonight or tomorrow. Then hopefully another spinal injection, or straight to surgery to rid myself of these pesky herniated disks. I am bound and determined to get better before I go home!
I miss my little Ozzy, but he is being well taken care of by family. So I am going to lay back and enjoy my little legal drug buzz, and watch the psychedelic colored lights playing behind my eyelids for a few days!