A Good Hospital Experience - I know!
So, a few of you have asked how my trip to Cancun was.
It was great....that is, it WAS great, while I was there.
Then I came home....four days later, I was walking home from Pussateri's when I was hit with awful stomach cramps. An hour later, I had a fever, was shaking, and went to bed, crawled into a fetal position, wishing I could die.
The next three days I barely left my house (aside from dropping off and picking up The Dictator from school.)
I, literally, could not leave my house for longer than ten minutes. I needed to be near a toilet.
Not only did I have awful cramps, not the PMS kind, but the kind of stomach ache that felt like I had just done 3000 sit-ups. And the stomach ache was constant. So were the runs.
I thought it was the flu. Although my daughter was completely fine.
By the fourth day, still with the runs and still with horrendous stomach ache, I headed to the doctor, after my family and friends yelled at me, "GO TO THE DOCTOR ALREADY!"
I thought I just had the flu. What could the doctor tell me, except drink lots of water and eat white toast?
Which is kind of what he told me, when I did finally go see one. But, he said, if it got worse, go to the emergency room.
Now, I'm the type of person who hates going to emergency. I always wonder, "Am I sick enough to bother emergency with this?" "Aren't they so overworked with people who actually really are sick?" "I don't want to bother them if this really isn't an emergency."
But, by Saturday morning, I woke up at 6 a.m. barely able to walk. I hadn't eaten in days. I was so dehydrated that I was lightheaded. The cramps were so bad, I felt nauseaus. I couldn't stand up straight.
I knew it wasn't the flu any longer, because I didn't have any other flu like symtoms. No fever, my muscles (aside from my stomach) felt fine. And my daughter was completely fine. And the flu is only supposed to last a few days.
I called a cab and headed over to Mount Sanai, basically crawling into the taxi. I was in so much pain I gave the driver a $20 and told him to keep the change, even though the ride only cost $7.00.
I checked in saying, "I've been sick for a week with diarrehea - non stop. And I'm in so much pain. I just got back from Mexico."
"Hey, I read your book," said the check in person. "I thought I recognized you."
I was soon taken into a room. The doctor came in shortly and I again said, "I'm in so much pain. I have had the runs non-stop for a week. Sometimes up to 20 times a day. I just got back from Mexico."
"And your daughter isn't sick?" the doctor asked. "I read your book."
Now, I'd love to say that people say, "I read your book," to me all the time. They don't. It rarely happens.
And I can't believe it happened twice to the two people I had just told about my bowel problems, one of which asked that I give a stool sample.
I was mortified (Also, because I was in so much pain, I couldn't get out of my pajamas to go to the hospital, so I looked like I had just walked out of a garbage dump and smelled like it too.)
In any case, much like labor, no one tells you the good stories about giving birth. You only hear the awful birthing stories. The same is true for hospitals. You only hear horror stories about emergency rooms and nurses and doctors.
And, I'm sure, the bad stories far outweigh the good ones. But sometimes there are good stories.
I'd like to say that I had a great hospital experience (as great as you can get being in the hospital, that is, with some Mexican stomach bug.)
All the nurses were nice (and not just to me - I could over hear them talking to the other patients) they went out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable.
And the doctor was amazingly kind.
Perhaps the story is that if you have to go to the emergency room, that 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning is a good time to go.
And, if you know someone who works at Mount Sinai, please tell them what a great job they're doing (At least those who were working Saturday.)
They have hard jobs and probably don't get enough kudos. But I give them kudos. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Keep up the good work!
I feel so much better now, after an IV drip of antibiotic. I just wish I just didn't have to tell the two people who had read my book about my, um, runs.