I am exhausted. I ended up back in the hospital again the night before last. Basically, I have tumors in my intestines and when things go bad they go very bad. Uh, what a night. I will tell you one thing…on the bright side…I have an incredible family. They stuck with me through the whole thing!
What’s With Some People
Well, I woke up in pain and it all boils down to the fact that my tumors were creating a blockage. What a nightmare. You know, I have to say, I don’t understand some people.
We called the ambulance and from the moment they arrived they were hostile. I knew the drill from the last time we called the hospital. My house has stairs and if you can walk then they would rather that you walk to the ambulance. I could walk so I slowly made my way down the hall. They never asked me if I was OK and proceeded to question my wife as if she had done something wrong. She told them that I had cancer and that I was in pain. I started gagging. My wife ran for a bucket that has become standard equipment for my family and they stood and watched. I didn’t get sick and then they began to pepper me with questions! Thankfully, I was nauseous and couldn’t answer. It’s the first time I’ve ever been happy to be nauseous. I was pissed. I slowly made my way down the stairs to the ambulance. My legs were trembling but I made it.
I asked for pain meds and they implied that I was a druggie and proceeded to give me the inquisition from my house to the hospital. They were literally hostile. I wish I had the same guys that came last time. All those guys wanted to do was help. They asked questions but there was no hostility.
Back In The Hospital
We chose to purchase a house that is literally 5 minutes from a hospital but that really didn’t seem to pay off…at least this time. We were there for 3 and 1/2 hours before a doctor came to see us. As it turns out, there was only 1 doctor on staff for the entire emergency room. Next time I will go back to Duke. There were so many doctors checking on me and nurses that I couldn’t sleep last time. I didn’t sleep this time either but it was because I was in so much pain. I will take the former.
So, as it turns out my tumors were inflamed which has now been resolved through medication. Thank you modern medicine. They took a CT scan of my intestines and were able to diagnose that my tumors were inflamed. Don’t ask me how they knew that! I had never been to this hospital before so, they had no history to refer to. I guess that there is some sort of way to tell. Any how, I think that because I had no history with this hospital this may have also delayed my treatment. I’m not sure. If so, I wonder if I can “register” with them in some way to get better service next time.
Eventually I did see the doctor and after reviewing my scans gave me pain meds, anti-inflammatory meds and antibiotics. We got home at 5 am.
The Bright Side
My wife and son stuck by my side the whole night. I only got rid of them after the doctor came. Then they went home. My son stood by my side rubbed my arm, sat in the chair for hours and never cried, acted poorly and constantly checked on me. I am so blessed. He’s only 7. What a sweet child. Needless to say, we’ve been showing him extra attention these last few days and he has a special gift coming in the mail for being so good. I was in my own bed last night but didn’t sleep much. We let our son sleep in our bed and he slept like a rock. 🙂
Time to rest,
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