Working on being healthy in body , mind , spirit..135 lbs lost, then Maintained for a few years, and lately some regained. Working on it -in and out of Pjs
Monday, May 7, 2012
Midnight in the Garden Of Good and (Not so good)
I bet you thought this was going to be a post about a midnight kitchen raid for something yummalicious. Not hardly . This is a "Do As I Say, Not Do As I Do" post about a Gastrointestinal nightmare.
Sunday -midnight. Pj geek and her husband are out walking in the moonlight, we spy a bunny, we see the Supermoon hiding behind clouds with heat lightning striking off in the distance. Romantic. Quiet. Peaceful. Rrright.
Sunday I was hit with acute and somewhat severe belly pain, and we were trying to walk to get me to pass some damn gas. Anything to avoid going to the emergency room and being told .."You just have gas".
It didn't work by the way.
How did I get here?
On Saturday, We'd had a tense and weird conversation with his dad and a friend and then had a little spat on the way home. Silence. My irritible bowel syndrome hits when I' holding in stuff and my bowels 'lock it up' . I suffer in tight belly silence. Owie.
By Sunday all was well, but there was a little of what I call "gallbladder pain" in my right upper abdomen after lunch. No biggie. I'm feeling good the rest of the day and at Yoga I notice how tight my belly is again. I'm thinking silently to myself through the poses " please don't let me pass gas, please don't let me pass gas, etc , etc
.Someone ELSE passes gas at a very quiet moment. whew! Wasn't me!!
Then after a very healthy and tasty dinner severe sudden acute abdominal and pelvic pain hits. Wow. My husband knew it was bad because I said "NO!" to my planned dessert and could have cared less about watching MAD MEN or GAME OF THRONES when they came on. I walked around holding my belly like a sumo wrestler or tossed and turned in bed. Sweet hubby was very attentive.
Now, I'm a nurse and have been one more than half my life and believe me, nurses make bad patients. I think that this is probably JUST GAS , irritible bowel syndrome, or possbily even a result of too many abdominal exercises in the pool this weekend. But the other possiblities are there in the back of my mind: appendicitis, ruptured appendix with peritonitis spreading, gallbladder, ovarian something, bladder infection something, or the freakish 'i was pregnant and didn't know it' scenario. The fact that I'm in perimenopause and everyday is a new physical symptom adventure also comes to mind. I didn't do the smart thing --GO to ER or even this CALL a nurse hotline from my insurance even though I'm a nurse ( they would have surely said go to the ER. ) I took gas X and Omperazole (for acid). I couldn't lie down or sit. I dressed once and was ready to committ to an ER visit but then changed my mind.
After all that I finally slept with SEVERAL intermittant pee breaks (urinary something?) and today -so far so good...
Moral of the story: go to the doctor , don't do as I did. This could be serious stuff. If I'd had nausea or vomiting or fever or felt dizzy or any other symptom, I would have gone
I'm a Geek for many things: Food, Pajamas, Coffee, Chocolate, Movies, Books, getting and being fit and healthy, 80's music, and the list goes on and on .....A nurse, a diabetic, I've lost over 130 lbs and have more to go . And I actually enjoy working out.
I chose the names of Ms. PJ Geek and PJ and Pounds because I have happy memories of childhood, coming in dirty and sweaty from playing in the yard. Then taking a bath, putting on a fresh nightgown and feeling all new again . I felt like a princess. Fresh renewal. .........
All names and situations will be changed to protect the innocent and the guilty, and so I can keep my job. While I am a nurse, I do not intend this to be a blog with specific directions or guidelines for healthcare. And.....though I have a college degree, that was a long time ago ya'll, and I don't remember proper punctuation or grammar.