Christine - no, I had my boys - two - in the Army hospital in Germany - never really considered that "being" in the hospital. Two nights and home!
As for the back pain - two low for kidneys and feeling better tonight. I just know it is because my knees feel better from arthritis (I have no cartiledge) and I overdid or twisted because it did not hurt and caused some nerve pain. I will see doc if not better by next week. Could be from UC which I have had before - however, no blood, no D, no cramping - no UC symptoms for a couple days. (other than some gas) I have had sciatica before as I am obese and legs are crooked from arthritis.
Tomorrow starts tapering prednisone.
My Mom was never in hospital until age 75 from accident. Then she ended up there more often with CHF and died at age 92 in hospital.
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.