Monday, February 25, 2008

blackouts = god's friendly kick in the ass

Super short story: I passed out yesterday morning and had to spend dawn's early hours in the ER figuring out why. Which I didn't, really.

Hi, my name is Stephanie and I'm an overachiever.

Things I learned from a visit to the emergency room:

  1. Multiple individuals (not all badged professionals) get to see, probe, poke and otherwise manipulate various parts of my exposed body
  2. It's important to stay on top of the leg & armpit shaving (EKG stickers hurt more coming off when they bring copious amounts of hair with them)
  3. Food is not considered a basic necessity; no one offers it nor knows how to find it
  4. Some people there have jobs involving no medical knowledge whatsoever - one sunny young woman popped in to see if I was ready to go [three hours later] and when I said "Sure! How do I get out of this IV and heart monitor situation?" she looked puzzled, then asked how we'd like to pay for our ER visit
  5. Some people are at the emergency room against their will. Loudly. A nurse closed the door to my room (thus confusing me when I came back from the bathroom) because an individual had been wheeled in cursing loudly; there was concern about my kids hearing profanity. That's sweet.

Super Blackout Mom, at your service

The general scoop is that with my tendency toward low blood pressure, I am prone to spilling spells and must watch myself especially when stressed or sick or tired (hmm...let's just say, all the time). But my potassium was extraordinarily low, possibly due to four days of the nastiest flu in Dodge, and that will send a body down fast, too.

I like to look at this episode as God's not-so-gentle way of saying "TOO MUCH, FOOLISH HUMAN!" and "HOW'S ABOUT YOU EAT THE WAY YOU'RE ALWAYS BERATING YOUR FAMILY TO EAT?" and maybe "STOP WITH THE OCD ALREADY; GOOD ENOUGH WORKS." I like to think I'm the in-control one; that will have to change. Letting go.


CamiKaos said...

yucko emergency rooms.

I hope you're doing well.

did it have anything to do with the bug you had? doc said 7-10 days out of commission for the one our whole house caught.

you and the man take care.

Anonymous said...

Ugh, nothing is worse than the ER. I hope you took it easy today? Just a bit, maybe?

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I hate it when God resorts to harsh methods; gentle is much more to my liking.

I will refrain from harassing you about the eating thing. I know Greg gets sick of me begging/asking/suggesting to eat lunch from time to time. I'm going to use you as a cautionary tale. He really doesn't want things taped to his chest...

(Although the ER really doesn't care if you or anyone else ever eats again.)

But I hope you do take it eas(ier). I know the letting go thing isn't going to go down well.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Now. Please rest. You worry me.
{Fret. Fret.}

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Just channel your OCD and overachieving to the realm of letting go--that's possible, right?

Glad you're okay--eat a banana a day--that's what my husband has to do.

Anonymous said...

Hydrate thyself...and eat lots of bananas!

Take care!!!

Mrs. G. said...

Your new motto:

Achieve to underachieve.

Now eat!

katydidnot said...

"and then i threw a gigantic awesome party for all my friends and neighbors. what? it was the oscars?"

feel better cyber bff.

Molly said...

Glad you're OK!

mielikki said...

being a nurse, I can tell you that LOTS of people are in the Emergency Room against their will. But I hope you feel better soon, and that you don't pass out anymore...

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I hope you made it out in under 5 hours. Now go eat a full meal!

Moxy Jane said...

Yikes...I'm off to eat a banana just as soon as I wish you MUCH rest and recovery.

God has such a weird sense of humor.

I'm right there with you, letting it all obsessive compulsion at a time.

Very Mary said...

I highly recommend napping.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Oh my.

I hope you're okay.

~michelle said...

meditate, do yoga, pump up the vitamins. and see a freaking specialist! i love you! ~lil sis


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