This blog is not for the faint of heart so if Hospital stuff grosses you out, you might wanna just stop reading here! lol
Over a week ago, I started having really bad abdominal pains accompanied with a little bathroom “situation” we will now refer to as the tummy tantrums . I thought I just had a bug and would get over it. After two straight days of the tummy tantrums and abdominal pain, we went to the closest ER. They pumped me full of IV fluids, did an abdominal CT and ultrasound and told me I had an ovarian cyst and sent me home and told me to go see my GYNO Doctor. Two days later when nothing changed, I called my OBGYN and she said, no way, this is a GI issue and I needed to get back to the ER. So I did. And guess what? The same thing happened. They gave me more IV fluids, took some more stomach scans and told me again, I needed to go see my ‘Gyno Dr.” So the next morning, my husband drove to my Gyno Dr’s office and they admitted me right away to Northside Hospital right next door because this was NOT an Ovarian Cyst issue.
After less than 24 hours in the hospital, the GI Dr came in and told us that I had Salmonella. SALMONELLA!!!! Whaaaaaaat in the world? I have only seen stuff about Salmonella on the news. I have never known anyone with Salmonella nor did I really know anything about Salmonella except that I thought you got it from undercooked chicken or eggs. Yahhhhhh, well I didn’t have either of those and NOONE in my family was sick either…THANK GOD! All I kept thinking is, how HORRIBLE this would be if either of our daughters had it. Salmonella is NO joke! In fact, it is a NIGHTMARE! The level of abdominal pain is like no other I had experienced and the tummy tantrums? All I can say is WOW. Who knew one person could go the restroom THAT many times in ONE day! INsane! Plus I was SO dehydrated by the time I was admitted to the hospital, they could barely get an IV line in. Did I mention it was a nightmare??!!! (Side note…we never figured out the exact origin of the Salmonella but some guesses include the turtle my nine year old adopted for the Summer! Hmmmm…)
I birthed TWO children and had Breast Cancer surgery and I swear I was in the hospital longer for Salmonella than all three of those other Hospital visits combined! On the first day of my Hospital
stay, my husband brought my laptop so I could write because boy, I love to write but OH EM GEE, I couldn’t even LIFT my laptop. lol I was literally in bed, in and out of sleep with NO visitors because once they realized it was Salmonella they didn’t want anyone coming and getting the Salmonella cooties! So all I did was lie there and pray. Pray, pray, pray!
Lemme tell you, after four straight days of being in the hospital…alone, you start to get a little wacky. Hence the video I made trying to entertain myself. No judgment because I was weak, hadn’t showered, had no make up and was on medication! lol It was a long week though. I missed the entire 4th of July weekend from Salmonella, time with my family and friends and then I missed an entire week of my life being in the Hospital. When they wheeled me down on Friday to go home, I was sitting outside in the wheelchair waiting for my husband to pick me up. I just sat in the chair, feeling the sun on my face and there was even a cool breeze. While I was sitting there a song was playing on the loudspeaker and I felt so emotional. I was just SO happy to be going home and to finally not feel like death anymore. The song? Count Your Blessings by Bing Crosby from the movie White Christmas. It was perfect!
So I am…counting my Blessings! Thank you God for getting me through that nightmare! I am so so thankful!
XO Surviving Mommy
PS. I wanted to thank some specific people too so I appreciate you indulging me! I am SO grateful for my Doctor Dr. Anand, aka my “Gyno Dr”, who had the sense enough to say NO, this is NOT an ovarian cyst situation, something else is wrong, let’s get you tested. Dr Anand and her Doctor partners who checked on me everyday in the hospital were AWESOME and exactly why I have gone to their practice for over twelve years. Also, Northside Hospital, the hospital who found my diagnosis…man, their staff is AH-mazing! I have gone to them for child-birth and Breast Cancer and they have always come through. Even though I moved to the “country”, I will ALWAYS choose that Hospital to go back to, should our family ever need it again. The nurses, the employees and one person in particular, Marvin from housekeeping. Marvin singlehandedly made me smile every time he walked into my room. I told him if there were more of him in the world, it would be a better place. Plus he loves Kit Kats and Pepsi! He rocks! My friends who sent me countless texts checking on me and offering their help to me and my family. Alisa, thank you for dropping everything and coming right over! Thanks to Kristen Gates and my Serenbe Playhouse family for the beautiful flowers. Sandy, Taylor, Nadine from the General Store, Sam and Hope and Shane for your sweet goodies! Our neighbors who proved that saying “it takes a village” is so true. Thank you!!! Dana, you are a saint! Man, do we have some good people surrounding us! My Momma Jane for helping to hold down the fort in my absence and finally my husband Eric. Thank you for ALWAYS being my rock and for making me laugh every time you had me on Facetime. Gosh, how am I this lucky to be married to you?! My family and friends seriously ROCK and I love you!!!