I was in the hospital from Monday evening until this afternoon.
My doctor’s office called Monday around 4:45 with the results of my blood tests. My liver functions were elevated and he told me to go to the emergency room. My mom and I got there around 6 pm. We didn’t get back to a room till 9 pm. They hooked me up to a heart monitor. I can’t really remember if they did much else that night. I think they did a chest x-ray. The doctor finally got back with us at 1 am and said I was to stay overnight for observations. I wasn’t taken to a room till 3 am. I was hooked up to an IV not long after we had initially been taken to a room. I had an awful headache all night, but they didn’t give me anything for it till 3 am.
So they took me up to my room. The nurse and doctor up there asked me questions and the doctor decided to unhook me from the IV for the night. They gave me a sandwich and some ginger ale around 4 am (I had been starving). They also gave me some more pain medication for my headache (Vidodin) and something to help me sleep (Ativan). I fell asleep but was woken up around 7 am by the hospital activity. Over the next few days, I was woken at either 6 or 6:30 am usually. I had a bone scan, cardiogram, many blood tests, ultrasound of my abdomen and legs, and some other things I can’t remember. My pulse was between 96 and 150. Sometimes my blood pressure was high as well. By Wednesday, I no longer had a fever. My liver and spleen were both enlarged and still are slightly. I was diagnosed with sinus tachycardia, but they don’t know what caused that. They’re assuming it was some sort of severe infection. The doctor gave me a very strong and very expensive antibiotic to take (I start tonight). It was about $10 a pill and I’m to take it for 7 days. Some of the blood test results still aren’t in. I can go back to work Monday if I feel up to it. I told my boss I’d probably just work a half day and come in in the afternoon.
As for how I’m feeling now…I no longer have a fever or chills and sweating. My appetite is normal. My left wrist hurts from where they put in the new IV yesterday. I’m very paranoid about my heart now. I have to go to see a heart specialist on May 9. They’re going to have me wear a heart monitor then for 24 hours. I also have to have more blood tests in two weeks to see if my liver levels are normal.
The one doctor had me stop taking my BC pills, saying that it can cause elevated liver levels. The doctor I saw today said that’s not really necessary, but I should wait two weeks to start again anyway because of the antibiotics.
This was my first stay in the hospital. Fortunately, I had a nice roommate. She was 78 and was in for heart and stomach problems. She came in the same day I did, although earlier. She left yesterday evening. I did not enjoy having an IV in me for most of the time. They were giving me a very large amount of fluid, causing me to have to go to the bathroom every 45 minutes, dragging the IV stand along with me. It was not fun.