Thanks very kindly, everyone.
I sure didn't expect to be posting this soon - but there's been a little change.
I ended up back in the ER tonight. :-| I was running a fever of 102 and my heart rate was 130. I was extremely fatigued and having new joint pains. They pulled enough blood to run their own blood bank, did x-rays to check for pneumonia and ran an ekg. My heart is okay. My potassium was even lower (2 whole points low!) than when I went in 2 weeks ago, even though I've been eating bananas and potatoes. Most of my other tests came back normal, but they said my liver panel was just slightly elevated. They want me to follow up with a doc tomorrow. Mine's on vacation, but I'll see her colleague, another woman doc who is supposed to be okay. They said an elevated liver panel can come from a viral infection - so they tested me for mono. Negative for mono. They said it could still be some other virus, however. I'm REALLY hoping I don't have some sort of kidney disease, as that would definitely suck. I don't drink, don't do caffeine, don't smoke, never did anything illicit, don't take any meds on a regular basis except my benadryl and birth control pills.
My original intent wasn't to go to the ER, but my doc is on vacation. The nurse at their office didn't want me to wait - she wanted me seen now. They said to go to the urgent care walkin clinic. The nurse at the walk-in was the epitome of the b word. Beyond the b word. She told me I didn't have a fever that was worth considering, that I wasn't dehydrated, that I didn't drink enough, that my pulse rate wasn't bad enough to warrant even calling a nurse about
. She belittled and humiliated me until I swear to you I nearly pulled back my fist and landed it in her sour puss. Then her doc came in and said, "Wow, you're really sick. Go the ER right now, I can't treat you here." I told him his nurse disagreed with him, but he didn't get my point. I sneared at her as I left. Stupid doctor didn't even give me help walking out across the parking lot. Worst doctor and nurse I have EVER encountered.
ER nurses and doctors were totally kind, professional and thorough. Couldn't have asked for better at the ER. AND at the ER, they confirmed that the doc at the walk-in was nuts, that they do EKGs and IV drips there all the time.
Anyway - I'm rambling - I plan to report that nurse for sure. She should be fired, or at least get a foot put up her useless hind end. (Can you tell I'm angry?)
My pains and heart rate stopped after the potassium kicked in. The fever broke when they gave me tylenol. I am not allowed to take more until the doc figures out what's up with my liver though.
So if you would please wish a good wish for me for this, I would appreciate it. Not quite out of the woods yet. But if this is a virus, I will be relieved that it isn't something worse.
Always something, isn't there?
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!
Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 8/9/2010 9:51:02 PM (GMT-6)