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Biting the Bullet:A visit to the hospital

Well I bit the bullet, I went to the hospital for my migraine yesterday. It was day 15 or 16 of pain, I had tried everything in my arsenal and I just did it. I went to my local hospital to try to get rid of the migraine… it went a little something like this…

First there was no parking, so I had to wait for someone to leave the lot before I went in (when you pay for parking by the hour, I’m not going to chance it that there is a spot that I can’t see and then be stuck driving around the lot) Then once you finally park and get into the building, there is something like a pre-triage/butcher take a number situation, and you get given one of these lovelies… IMG_4912 this is at around 1pm

Then, you wait for your number to be called to see the triage nurse. I waited about a half hour before my number was called, and I got to see a lovely nurse named John, who didn’t seem to understand why I was at the hospital for a “headache.” Every time I called it a migraine, he corrected me to headache. It was very frustrating, especially because he could see in my chart that I had a history of migraines, and used to be a frequent flyer of that hospital (and its not like I was there for the drugs… they don’t give you morphine for migraines, they give you anti-inflammatory drugs, and anti-nauseates). Once John finally realized that my migraines were serious enough to warrant a hospital visit (I had an icepack, a kool-patches, I was wearing my sun glasses and in tears every time the PA system went because it makes this horrible beeping sound first….so maybe that all clued him in. Oh, and I was in tears) He then gives me back my health card and ticket and asks me to wait to be registered.

I then wait alongside a wall, with a women vomiting non-stop, another women crying hysterically, a toddler running around asking everyone for high-fives, and an old man who keeps on checking out his pee catheter. When they finally call my number to registration it feels like it’s been hours, when really maybe 8-10 minutes went by. The registration nurse confirms my address, birthday and doctor, gives me a bracelet and has me sit down back along the wall of vomit/cry/disaster to be called into the green zone.

I then wait for about 2 hours to be called in. When I am called in, its not to see a doctor like I thought, but to see a nurse who again, asks me why I’m at the hospital for a headache, and then when she finally understands that its day 16 of a migraine, asks why I didn’t go in sooner. I don’t think she understood that the hospital is the worst place to be for a migraine. All she then says is “Go back out to the hall and wait to be called in to see a doctor” so I go back out to the hall, where I have now made friends with two sisters. They are in their 80’s and the older one is taking care of the younger one, who has Alzheimer’s. I watch their stuff when they go to the bathroom, and help them navigate their hospital visit. I am finally called in to see a doctor!

Or so I though. I was really called in to wait in a curtained off bed area to see a doctor. It’s now about 4pm, and I first arrived at the hospital at 1pm. The doctor finally comes in to see me. He understands right away that he doesn’t need to do tests on me because he’s taken the time to look at my chart and see that I get chronic migraines. He says “go over to the treatment area where you will get IV meds” I ask if there is a quieter place for this to happen and he just laughs and walks away.

The treatment area is a room full of people getting IV meds, needles, crying children, and people waiting to be reassessed by the doctor… and the people they brought with them. I wait about 30 min before a nurse finally calls me up to get my IV put in and get my meds. I get one (Dex) orally, another (Torodol) she shoots directly into my vein through the IV, and then in the mini bag I get a third medication (Maxeran) as well as a fluids bag. Within 30 min I am feeling better.

I wait until it is time to be re-assessed by the doctor who says I can go home once my IV is out. I then wait about 30 min for a nurse to be available to remove my IV. Then I’m on my way home. I was at the hospital from 1pm-about 6:30 and all I needed was a 30 second visit by a doctor, and 3 medications over 30 min to feel better. Yet because of our medical system I was there for several hours more then necessary.IMG_4913Waiting for my IV to be removed

I then we home, had dinner with my boyfriend, and went to bed. I was excited. My pain had gone down to almost a 2/10. If it stayed like that I would be the happiest person on earth.

I woke up in the morning with an 8/10 migraine. I could have gone back to the hospital but I just said fuck it. And stayed home.

Anyways, I know in my last post I promised you certain things like a book review (that I haven’t had a chance to finish reading), a review/photos of my emergency migraine toolkits, and a picture of my workspace. Unfortunately due to the constant pain of my migraine, those will not be happening today. I will give you a small review of the book “The Migraine Miracle”… you don’t need to read the book, the miracle diet is in the title. And I have shared some other goodies and pictures along the way.

In other news, I think I will do blog posts Thursdays and Mondays. And in-between if I feel like it. But for sure Thursdays and Mondays.

So see you Monday.

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