Mermorable ER visit? Let's hear it!

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comealongway
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   Posted 3/7/2014 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Many people don't understand what it is like to have an illness/disease that brings you to the ER more than once or twice in your lifetime. Sometimes (I know!) it can really help to discuss this with others who totally know what you're talking about. Perhaps it will help you feel better to look at it in a different light. So if you've had a memorable visit to the ER, please share your story!

I, personally, will never forget the time I went to the ER with a bout of pneumonia. When the thermometer said my temp. was a little over 100*...I started to feel worse. Just before we let home, my temp. had been 104* -oral reading with mercury thermometer. It couldn't have been accurate. The nurse listened to my breathing and said she heard a little in my right lung...but not bad. I have asthma, so I have to be careful. Well, I didn't like the ER doctor the moment he walked in. He listened to my breathing and straightened up, looking at me he said, "You think you have pneumonia?" I replied, "Yes, I think I have pneumonia." He walked out with an air of "Here's another one of those who shouldn't have come to the ER..." That sure didn't make me feel great!
He ordered the x-rays anyway, and a few minutes he came rushing back in and announced that I did have pneumonia and it was quite extensive and I should be hospitalized right away. I was so surpised at his sudden change that I didn't answer right away. He started to go on about it, as if I needed convincing. Little did he know that I had already packed for a stay....for this sort of thing was nothing new for me. Then came a battle over which antibiotics to give. I don't know what the deal is, but all these ER doctors seem to want to use levaquin - something I don't want. My doctor is sure to prescibe a round of prednisone because of my asthma and that levaquin has some serious side effects esp. more likely when taken with corticosteroids. He finally agreed that I could take the doxycycline that I usually get. I am extremely allergic to most antibiotics and certainly like to play it safe. Having a tube stuck down my throat so I can breath is NOT in the least bit apealing to me!!
Once that battle was won, I didn't see that ER doctor again...

Luna12345
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   Posted 3/8/2014 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a terrible experience 3 years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was at school and my arm suddenly became red and itchy, then I started to get hives on my arm and then my next arm then my stomach. I took some allergy pills and it was still getting worse so I left school and decided to go home but then while I was on the subway it became terrible ...my eyes started swelling extremely and so suddenly so I decided to go to the ER. By the time I got to the ER my whole entire body from head to toe was covered in hives and swollen, red and itchy and burning...it was horrible...pure torture. .even my scalp, my feet...everything. While I was waiting in the ER and scratching my skin terribly I started to lose my voice and then I felt my tongue swelling. I was so afraid because that was the first time I ever experienced such a horrible allergic reaction. I went to the nurse to tell her that my tongue is swelling and I'm feeling dizzy and next thing I knew I passed out. Next thing I knew ...i opened my eyes and my vision was blurred and I was surrounded by like 10 nurses but I couldn't really hear what they were saying or make out their faces and then I felt this immediate extreme pain like something ripping through my chest all the way through my back. It felt like I was being stabbed with an arrow from my chest to my back and at that moment so many quick memories went through my mind, and in my mind I said "nooo please" .
I saw a white light. After this i woke up with an IV in my arm and I was hooked to the heart machine. I guess they injected me with epinephrine and the IV had benadryl in it. When I woke up my voice was still hardly there and so they waited for the swelling to go down and my airways to open up and gave me 6 corticosteroid pills. That was my first Anaphylaxis experience and it's the closest I have ever been to death. Had I not gone to the ER...i would have probably been dead 3 years ago. When I went home from the hospital which was about 3 hours later, I immediately started getting hives allover and swelling up again. I had hives and swelling for a whole week afterwards and this is with the use of corticosteroids as well as Benadryl. I had another anaphylactic attack 2 weeks after and I have been tested for allergies. I have many allergies but until this day no one knows what caused anaphylaxis.
Ever since then I have been experiencing hives regularly, I've got eczema, after eating my throat swells (this happens several times a week) I am now experiencing Asthma symptoms which I suffer with daily and I am going to see a Doctor on Sunday. Nobody believes me when I talk about my suffering. People don't really seem to understand how serious allergies can be and how much some of us with severe allergies suffer. I experience an average of 2 to 3 allergic reactions per day and I'm so tired of it. I feel that it will be the cause of my death one day. I'm only 26 and I feel like I'm 80 and dying soon.

Alcie
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   Posted 3/8/2014 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
comealongway - Welcome to the forum. Thanks for posting. I'm glad you know your problems and what you need to do about them. Have you got a wrist band or necklace for emergency responders? I would have something with your doctor's number on it also.

I keep a bright yellow card, credit card size, which I printed out myself, in my wallet with my conditions, medications and a few of my allergies on it. You could do something like that with what your normal emergency treatment on it.

Luna 12345 - It would be good if you would start your own post so people could give you advice. Maybe one of the mods will come along and help you get started.
Meantime, Have you seen an allergist? They take care of asthma and other breathing problems, not just allergies. So many allergic reactions a day is very serious. You really need to see a doctor! You have to find the cause of your allergies.

comealongway
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   Posted 3/8/2014 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alice, for your kind suggestion. No I have not though of that, but it is not a bad idea and I will look into it. :)

Luna12345 - Thank you for sharing your story. I agree with Alice that you need to find more help. There are answers to your difficulties and it is just a matter of finding them.
I cannot reccomend them as I have not had any experience there, but perhaps you would find some help at the National Jewish Health; I know they treat allegies.

Luna12345
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   Posted 3/8/2014 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, I actually went into a walk in clinic a few days ago and found out I have a sinus infection. I told the doctor about my asthma symptoms and if he could refer me to an allergist but he refused.
I live in Montreal, Quebec and unfortunately don't have a family doctor so I will have to go into another walk in clinic tomorrow and see if another doctor will actually take me seriously. I can not get an appointment with an allergist without a Doctor's referral. Hopefully it will be a better Doctor this time.

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/9/2014 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
So very sorry you both had bad Er visits, I too have had a few bad ER visits...ER's need to improve and maybe you need to ask about caring around a epi pen with you for emergencies...with extreme allergies you should always keep an epi pen and benadryl with you...Hopefully no more allergic reactions...seek out better care with a good allergy/asthma doctor...or pulmonary(lung) doctor...
Well wishes to you both.

I went to the ER once as I started having an asthma flair from the medrol dose pack, 9 hours later doctor comes into the room you have hyper inflated lungs, coughing and says "your having a asthma flair, we'll get you nebulizer treatments" he turns and walks out, two hours later I get the nebulizer treatment and go home if this had been a more serious flair I could've died after that much time passing...Husband was also furious and I went to my doctor and got home nebuliers treatments so I wouldn't ever have to go to the ER again...
There is another steriod I'm also allergic to, so basically I can only tolerate one steroid...which is very weird...

comealongway
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   Posted 3/11/2014 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Chartreux - oh my! I would have been angry to sit there, too! I've been to the ER with a bad asthma attack, but they were prompt in getting oxygen and a neb. treatment (I was down to 80%)...but I couldn't imagine stting there for another two hours!!
I'm glad you were able to get a home neb. I've had one for years, and it has helped a lot. But, I might warn you that you can get used to the meds (albuterol, levalbuterol) and they will no longer be affective. I learned the hard way that a neb. is for emergency relief, not for everyday treatment. I've been so dependant on that machine before, that I would even wake up exactly every four hours in the night....
Thanks for sharing your story! ;)

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/12/2014 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes, I keep it for emergency relief, might use it two or three times a year...yep, and when I had the pneumonia that broke 2 ribs, I had to use the nebulizer 6 maybe 8 times to get to feeling better. That pneumonia was in 2010...broken ribs you don't forget...
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NurseLisa
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   Posted 3/13/2014 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
This has been a terrible week with my Asthma. Went to doctor Monday, z-pack gave me migraines so changed it last night to Ceftin. Got one dose down and went to ER today. Chest X-Ray said one side was grayer than other and I need to be very careful. Squeaked by with no admission, barely. ER doc was head of the department so he knows my breathing issues. He said to continue meds and added a 12 hour cough syrup and prednisone twice a day until Monday but if not better this weekend he was working and I would be admitted. Off work til Wednesday with strict instructions to stay home!
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Chartreux
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   Posted 3/13/2014 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
So very sorry to hear that nurse Lisa, hope your in bed resting...
Prayers and well wishes to you...
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NurseLisa
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   Posted 3/13/2014 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been in bed and will follow doctors orders!
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NurseLisa
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   Posted 3/15/2014 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Well since my visit to the ER Thursday, nothing has changed. I'm getting some stuff done at home and then this afternoon probably going back to the ER and be admitted. I'm exhausted and tired of all of the coughing. I can't believe how much congestion a persons body can have. I've surely earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records! No joke!
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