My ER visit of 2012

I hope this is the only one this year! I started having diverticulosis pain over the weekend and by Tuesday morning, the 3rd, I was in serious pain. I expected to hear from my doctor from the tests last Thursday but, it turns out, they were gonna send me a letter about it since the results were so good. The doctor recommended I go to the Emergency Room so Donna and I saddled up for a trip to Cañon City.

We got our stuff and Donna drove us to the hospital on the north side of Cañon about 3:30. This was the first time I had been out of bed since I ate breakfast. She only got lost once when she turned one block too soon off US50 but found her way back on course! The little ER parking lot was full which didn’t sound promising; the last time I was here was about my ministroke and I was the only patient.

The waiting area was empty so the unit clerk took my vitals and tagged me. Then I went back to the waiting area. For a very few minutes then we moved to an exam room. They really only did two things: ran a bunch of lab tests and did a CATScan.

This is one “slice” of me of the about 200 the machine made of my midsection. Red spots are items of interest except the sections of my hip bones at lower left and right. This is the first time I have sought medical attention for a diverticulitis attack; I usually just reduce my stress level and let it run its course. The red speckles are on a section of my colon where it is inflamed. This attack actually began at the beginning of December so has been a long one.

The report mentions a couple of other things I didn’t expect.

The stuff about my bladder, kidney, and spleen were new to me! I go in for one thing and three more show up! Which will involve both my GP and my urologist who are in different counties from me. In opposite directions, one up the river (Salida) and another down the river (Pueblo).

The ER also did a bunch of blood tests. They were all normal or close. I am so healthy.

So they ended up giving me two scripts for antibiotics: metronidazole 500 MG 4x/day and Ciprofloxcin 750 MG 2X/day also called Cipro..

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My “kidney” Pain

I went to my urologist and got a lesson on where my kidneys are! sigh. About a foot higher than my pain. He quickly determined it was diverticulitis. Partly because he has the same problem, as I have most of my life. That was relief since I know how to manage my diverticulosis. As Donna says, “Don’t worry; be happy!’ Lol. I just need to manage my stress level. But I think he was annoyed I had come to him with this.

So my exciting trip to Pueblo on snow-packed highways was not in vain. I am relieved it wasn’t more serious. I didn’t realize it until tonight but Donna was thinking “dialysis”! I told her I have two kidneys and the right one works great!

Before I left, we had some excitement: a bird smacked itself senseless against a window of our house! She put her boots and coat on over her nightgown and found it buried in the snow in the 8°. We already had a wounded bird that Kimi had brought in last week and had been “living” with me in a cat carrier. I call it “Bird”.

I found it “dead” on the kitchen floor one morning. Until I tried to pick it up by the tail!! Carrier time! It didn’t struggle when I picked it up and set it in the mesh cage. We put finch food and water in the jar lids. It has been with us for about a week.

Anyway, Donna put the injured bird, a Junco, in with it. Later, she went in to check on the new bird and it flew out of the carrier!! OK, it had recovered! But she couldn’t catch it while I showered. After my shower, I went in my bedroom to dress, closing the door behind me. It flew around and I didn’t pay much attention until Donna came in saying, “You let it get out!”. “No, I didn’t! It must have gone under the door!”. Off she went with her fish net to catch it! She got it while I dressed when it went in my bathroom and she released it outdoors.

Bird was very agitated afterward. I told it when it can fly like that, we will let it go. But it also didn’t like that strange human putting her hand in its space. 🙂

Then, when I tried to leave in the Montero, it wouldn’t start. So I had to brush snow off both vehicles to leave! But the Escape did quite well on the icy and snow-packed roads. So this was an interesting day all the way!

I also stopped by my MMJ supplier for some more elixir (Hey, the doc said I had to manage my stress! Kind of.). But they were out; she said they expected later today but I wondered if that was BS and they were having a cash flow problem. She tried to sell me some fresh product but I told her I couldn’t afford the pot and the vaporizer, her spectacular cleavage notwithstanding. Just not a good day in general.

All this for something that was a false alarm. But my pain is about gone. Must have been the spicy Popeye’s chicken strips I had for lunch!