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Sarita
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   Posted 10/22/2005 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness, you guys!  Yet another ER visit today, and this one was direly bad.  I woke up this morning and just started praying to the porcelain god, vomiting anything and everything that was in my stomach.  Began pushing fluids; bad idea.  Within a minute of ingesting anything, it came right back up.  Diarrhea started with gusto as well.  I was the most miserable sack of potatoes you've ever seen, crying on the bathroom floor while my roommate watched and listened helplessly as I heaved up glasses of Gatorade and ice water.  After four hours of this (during which time I must have had about 20 yakking episodes and at least 10 of the garden hose), my roommate called the hospital and they told me to come in immediately (might have been able to figure that out myself, but honestly, I was on a good streak - no ER visits for about six weeks now).
 
My nurse and doctor were awesome; I waited maybe 15 minutes before they hooked me up to an IV and began pushing Zofran, an anti-vomiting drug usually used for chemo patients, and fluids.  Doled out the Lomotil and dicyclomine as well.  When the Zofran kicked in, I must have drank about a liter of ice water and soda, but could not quench the insatiable thirst I had.  The nurse kept telling me, "Take it slow or it'll all come back up again!" They took blood and found I had an elevated WBC count, but my electrolytes were okay.  I spent about four hours there and was sent home, where I promptly developed a 102-degree fever and more garden-hose, although I've been taking the Zofran by mouth religiously now and it seems to be helping a lot with the nausea.
 
My dad told me a typical GI bug doesn't usually cause elevated WBC, but does think it's one of those 24-hour guys.  I certainly hope so.  I feel like absolute @#$*!  I know you guys understand.  Oh, make it stop!!!  

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   Posted 10/22/2005 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
****A GAZILLION HUG*******
Sarita, I can't believe it, how aweful. What the heck is going on with you? Gosh I wish someone would give you some answers. I feel so terrible for you. Do you feel like this is a bug?
I don't even know what to say but I'M SORRY YOU FEEL THIS WAY. I really wish I had some words of wisdom for you but I don't.
I'll be thinking about you.
 
For some reason the above won't let me write "hugs" it keeps showing as "hug."  HUGS, Sarita.


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   Posted 10/23/2005 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita,
I'm so sorry that you are going through this. I'm so glad though that you went to the hospital to get rehydrated. It sounds like it would have been a really bad situation if you didn't. I'm also glad they were able to get a vein for the IV as I know your veins can collapse if you are too dehydrated. It sounds like you got there just in time. I also give you a gazillion hugs and wish I could take the pain away. It sounds like the Zofran is helping thank goodness. Definitely keep a eye on that fever, and keep yourself well rested and drink the fluids but slowly. I will keep you in my thoughts... take care of yourself hun.
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   Posted 10/23/2005 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks guys...it was definitely hospital time, for the very least to get that anti-vomiting medicine that worked wonders.  Otherwise I would have been up the creek.  Last night my temperature went up to 104 before bed.  The last time I had a fever like that I had just returned from Africa and they put me in isolation, thinking I had some random African viral hemorrhagic fever!  A bunch of Tylenol brought it down to 101.5, where it currently remains.  I haven't vomited, though, and have been passing a bit of urine, so I'm in the clear.  Fevers really whack you out like crazy, don't they? 

Thanks for the hugs, peeps.  I needed them!


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   Posted 10/23/2005 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully the fever has killed the bad stuff in you. 104 is terribly high... I'm so glad you got it down. Stay in bed and rest, rest, rest. You must focus on getting better and fighting this awful thing.
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   Posted 10/23/2005 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
What about eating, Sarita? How about the garden hose?
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Sarita
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   Posted 10/23/2005 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the garden hose is still pretty bad...about 15x today so far and it's only 2:30!  And, wouldn't you know, I had a lovely SHART half an hour ago (collective groan!).  But I'm drinking TONS of liquids - water, Gatorade, ginger ale - and I don't have that insane thirst like I did yesterday, so the dehydration is improving.  I've eaten a few crackers in the past 36 hours and my friend just went out to get me some soup and rice. 
 
I just feel so incredibly fried.  I have no idea what this is; none of the kids I work with or anybody else I know was sick, and food poisoning usually comes on within 8 hours but I hadn't eaten for over 12 before it started.  Let's just hope it goes away quickly and quietly. 

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   Posted 10/23/2005 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you get over this quickly. There must be something the docs can do about your D and fever. ??? What happens if you take Imodium? I'm sorry about the shart... those can sure creep up on you. Whenever I'm having D attacks I make sure to be careful when I have to toot.
I'm glad you're going to try getting some soup and rice in you. Hopefully you're still on the Zofran and will be able to hold down the food. Keep us posted on how you're doing.
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   Posted 10/23/2005 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Sarita, after those 2 gazillion hugs, here's another gazillion going your way.  When will you get relief girl?  You poor thing.

I've had a few sharts since this all started too.  Definitely humbling to say the least eyes .

Are you in any pain Sarita?  I really pray you get an answer as to the cause of all this.  It truly boggles my mind that someone can suffer like you and "they" can't figure it out.

 

 

 


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Sarita
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   Posted 10/23/2005 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey girls,

I'm pretty sure this has to be one of those Norwalk-virus or food poisoning bugs...I don't think I've ever been this ill from the Mystery Disease!  I don't know, how can we tell?  Everyone gets a stomach bug from time to time.  Anyway, it's weekends like this that make me so grateful I don't have something worse...something that constantly makes me have a fever so high it kills brain cells or puke 20 times a day.  I will GLADLY take the garden hose over puking/high fevers any day.

I've kept in some food and fluids tonight, yee-haw.  Fever's just being stubborn but at least it's only 101 now and not 104 like last night.  Having some stomach pains but probably just from all of yesterday's puking!  I'm sure I will be immensely better tomorrow.  Think I should call my doc and let her know, or just let her know next time I see her?  Don't want her to think I'm making a mountain out of a molehill if it was just the stomach flu!

Totally appreciate all the hugs, as usual.  You know I'd all bring you ginger ale and chicken soup if I could!  Hugs to each and every one of you.

 


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   Posted 10/23/2005 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you were able to eat.  yeah
I wouldn't call your puking and crapping spree a little molehill... IT'S A MOUNTAIN.  Tell your doc.  Even if it was/is a bug she should know what all you went through.  Unless you have an appointment with her this week I would call her to let her know.
Sorry you had a not so terrific weekend.  Hopefully all will be better tomorrow.
 
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   Posted 10/24/2005 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarita,
I agree with Lil. Since it is Monday, maybe you can get in to see your regular doctor. Those ERs can do so much without your medical chart etc. How long does the "flu" last for you? Does it usually last this long? I know that I am one of those people that a flu will knock me down for a week at least with a high fever for lasting about 7 days (on and off). I am happy to know that you are keeping things down now but you need to go in and find out what is wrong. I'm glad your fever is down but I'm still concerned that you had a temp of 104 at one point.
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   Posted 10/24/2005 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   
oh girl, i am so sorry!!! do feel better!
and i agree with the ladies, a 104 is really freakin high--you should go to the doctor, at the least let her know what is going on...
so sorry, i feel for you. glad you were able to get some food in you... please take care!!!

thinking of you!!!
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Sarita
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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Ahh...the temperature is back down to it's good ol' "normal" of 100, which is just fine and dandy with me after that miserable weekend.  Still got the sweats/chills/sweats/chills but nothing at all like what they were.  I took the day off work just to chase away the stars and butterflies that were dancing around my head. 
 
The epidemiologist in me has been trying to figure out the mystery.  My roommate has been healthy as a horse, as have my coworkers and friends, and when I went out to lunch on Friday I went with a friend who ate part of my food and didn't get sick.  If it were something horrible like an intestinal blockage, I'd still be sick as a dog, so that's not it.  Maybe my African parasites are really starting to rear their ugly heads (tails, innards, whatever)?  Maybe Arizona "parasite guru" will find them after all???
 
My friend, who is temporarily living with me, works at an organic food store so I dropped her off this morning and went shopping.  Got some good-lookin' food and TWO PUMPKINS to carve.  I'll be darned if I'm not going to roast up those seeds and eat 'em...maybe in a couple of days!

Sarita
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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, and, I called my doc and left a message with the receptionist.  She's not in today, but should call me tomorrow.  I don't feel so urgently about it now that the fever is under control.

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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad things are better for you, Sarita. After your dreadful weekend you deserve a day off.

I just got 2 pumpkins too. :) Tell me about your seeds.... How do you "roast" them? And, how do you eat them? (Do you pop them whole or do you de-shell them like a sunflower seed?)
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Sarita
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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
SO GOOD, roasted pumpkin seeds.  All you have to do is wash them free of that stringy gunk, dry 'em out for a few hours (or in a slightly warm oven for like 2 hours), toss them with oil and salt, and them bake them in a 250-degree oven for about 15 minutes.  You don't have to shell them or anything; just pop 'em like candy.  I'm not sure how they'll do with the guts, but I seriously can't help myself.  I'll just make sure to chew them up a lot!

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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds good!  Thank you.  I think I'll try it.  I'm pretty sure my guts are OK handling seeds, but we'll see.  confused
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   Posted 10/24/2005 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you are doing better Sarita... "mother hen" can stop worrying now LOL

Lil, Pumpkin seeds are so good... YUMMY, you can buy them at the store (next to the sunflower seeds) and try them out first to see if you like them before going through gutting and stringing them but the fresh ones are so much better.
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   Posted 10/25/2005 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh you guys will get a kick out of this.  I'm totally over my gut bug now (SWEET) but I had a throat culture done last week for this gunk I've had and it turns out I have Strep C!  WTF, right?  I'm such a freakin' loser.  Must be all the kids I work with.  So now I have to go on penicillin which we all KNOW is such a delightful thing for the guts...will be taking the probiotics like mad.  I actually don't feel too bad from the strep, but maybe (maybe, maybe??) that's the source of my month-long fever!  Maybe it'll go away now and maybe I'll be cured forever! 

 


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   Posted 10/25/2005 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my, there is an old saying "when it rains, it pours".
 
Hopefully this is where your high fever came from.  I know strep can also make you feel like you've been run over by a truck but you've never felt that, have you Sarita? tongue
 
Pray you're on the mend :-)
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   Posted 10/25/2005 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Cured forever... That would be fantastic!  I really hope so, Sarita.  Let us know.
Sorry you got Strep, hopefully it is to blame for your fevers.  Smart gal to load up on the probiotics.  Get plenty of rest and get better soon.
Aside from the Strep, I'm glad you are feeling better.  yeah
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   Posted 10/25/2005 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Certainly makes sense to me. Strep is a nasty illness that will wear you down and since you didn't catch it early... it could be why you had all this other stuff also. I know that if untreated it can start to do a number on your organs, I hope your doc does a complete check on everything. Isn't strep highly contagious? Have you noticed anyone you know got sick also?
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