My wife and I went into the ER yesterday afternoon, we spent 6 hours there. We went in because last March she had an episode with aseptic meningitis, it scared the piss out of me. I had no idea what that meant all I knew was that it was bad and that the bacteral form could easily kill you. She had skull crushing head aches, and vomited every 10 minutes, she couldn't keep any thing down. We spend 5 nights in the hospital on that trip.
Roll forward to yesterday, we went into the ER on the doctors advice because the symptoms and the pattern was frightenly similar to last years mengingitis attack. Once we got there, the did the usual blood work up, uring samples etc. The started an IV, gave her morphine to control the headache, which of course worked for awhile. It basically lasted about 2 hours. the blood work came back negative for excessive white cell counts so they figured no white cells no infections. We explained to them about the experience with the meningitis from last year. After a couple more hours, the swabbed her nose for a culture for swine flu, and told us that we would see the results in a couple days, for any kind of flu infection.
After the doctor reviewed the old medical history from the last stay, he basically concluded it was the lupus causing the problems, prescribed 40mg dose of predesone, because it worked last year, gave her a script for some anti vomit drugs, some pain killer and sent us home and told us she needed to go to her regular doctor the following day. Duhh, I could have said the same thing without sitting there for 6 hours. It is just so darn frustrating and I hate seeing my wife laid up in bed like it is now. I am worried about what is going to happen because she is scared I am scared, we have a 8 month old infant to take care of on top of everything else going on, thank god he is at least healthy.
Its been since Friday that this has started, it has escalated slowly which is why we went in yesterday to see if there is something they can do to stop it. Which nothing was done, so now a day later, it has escalated slightly more, and now she is vomiting, not like before but she is nauseated, this started last night and she actually puked twice today, however its nothing like before. But the head ache is getting worse, she is taking oxycodone to control the pain along with time release morphine. She only takes 2.5mg of the OC and only the time release morphine before she trys to sleep. And on top of that the doctor has her on 40mg of predesone. We are scheduled to go to the rhumatologist tomorrow at 330pm, I have no idea what he is going to tell us and I have doubts that he has much he can do about this. I feel so darn helpless seeing my wife like this, my son is too young to understand. Has any one else had anything like meningitis as part of the Lupus symptoms>