Some of you have gotten the medical emergency response on our business address and promptly panicked. This is a private matter, but I kind of have no choice but to douse this fire now, before this blows up on fan sites, like that time someone decided to start a rumor we are divorcing.
On Sunday Kid 1 had to be taken to ER because of the persistent long-term headache that resisted all medication we threw at it. The ER doc quickly determined that she was a text-book case for meningitis. She had all the symptoms. She is also in her early twenties, and we live in a college town where there have been recent cases of meningitis, so the right demographic. They kept her in ER for 6 hours and her heart rate stayed at 170 the entire time. We were watching it on the monitor. Something I don’t ever want to do again.
So CT scan, 2 EKGs, X-ray. Spinal tap. I was holding her hand and they had a difficult time drawing her fluids. She insisted on continuing because that was the only way to eliminate meningitis.
She was admitted. They gave her beta blockers, and many different antibiotics, and different pain meds, and anti-nausea meds, and then finally ativan, because she was freaked out by the end of it. She had IV’s in both arms. We had to wait for the culture from the spinal tap. Everyone had to wear masks in the hospital room. Nothing could be taken out. Gordon and I traded on and off staying there in shifts. Jeaniene Frost sent me pictures of cute baby ducks in her stray cat watering dish. Our agent took over all business correspondence. I knitted a chunk of a scarf. It was that or go nuts.
The final test took 72 hours. Everything is clear, MRI didn’t find anything either, her vitals look good, and they finally released her yesterday.
Her headache is still there. The doctors now believe it is tension related, and today once I wake up enough – her head hurt last night and I stayed up with her – I have to call to our primary doctor and make an appointment so we can get a referral to a neurologist. But naproxen seems to take the edge off, which is awesome. She spent the night on the couch, after taking anti-nausea meds, naproxen, and putting a heating pad on her head.
So crappy 4 days, but yay no meningitis. We are thankful for having it eliminated.
This was stressful. Last night I tried to continue watching The Story of Ming Lan in an effort to feel a little more normal, and apparently I can’t handle any stress, because I got so upset that people were being mean to the heroine, I had to turn it off. So if you have recommendations for fluffy non-stressful books, I could use one.
We are still discombobulated, so the regular broadcast will resume in a few days. Thank you for your understanding.