Got an IV Drip at Noon, Instead of My Usual Drink Over Friday Lunch

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    May 20, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    icon_sad.gif Back home now, avoided the hospital at least. Seems I was pretty dehydrated, and suffering from at least 2 conditions, perhaps 4, lab results will say.

    What happened: most of the week I was feeling under the weather, my allergies totally out of control. Then 2 days ago I stopped eating because of nausea, and began having dry heaves. Nothing left to vomit anymore, but every hour or so they'd hit me. I couldn't even drink water and was sweating, too, alternating with chills, but no real fever.

    It happened that my partner had a routine office visit with our doctor today (Friday), and he insisted I come along. She found time for me and confirmed 2 of the things I assumed: flare-ups of my acid reflux disease and chronic prostatitis. She thinks a few other things might be going on, too, and was close to having me admitted for tests & observation.

    But we negotiated her giving me the IV drip in her treatment room instead, and getting the antibiotics we do know I need. By next week we'll have the lab results, and the antibiotics should be kicking in, I've restarted the reflux meds, see how much I improve from that alone.

    But man, I sure was sick as a dog for 2 days, and unexpectedly finding myself on a drip at noon is not on my list of favorite things to do, either. I'm coming along now, still a little shaky, and we've just turned down 2 invitations on the phone with friends who like to do things Friday nights. I'm not gonna push myself, though told my partner he could go if he wanted, I don't wanna be a spoiler. The dear refuses. Ah, life as you age. icon_razz.gif
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    May 20, 2011 10:30 PM GMT
    Just make sure you keep drinking those fluids!!

    Hope you feel better soon
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    May 20, 2011 11:25 PM GMT
    adam228 saidJust make sure you keep drinking those fluids!!

    Hope you feel better soon

    Thanks. Yep, what the doctor tells me. I'm sitting here with my 3rd large glass of water since getting back, hopefully will stay hydrated now, and the sweating seems to have largely disappeared, another way I was losing fluid.

    Still feel a bit queezy, though (as opposed to feeling queeny, which I always do). But I've been eating small amounts of food that are finally staying down, so that should get my energy back.

    But nothing for about a week that tends to dehydrate you, like caffeine (coffee, tea, cola), and no alcohol (slit my wrists!). Drink almost nothing but water, and also cranberry juice, which urologists have always told me can help the urinary tract & prostate. I've read conflicting things about that claim online, but hey, I like the stuff anyway (more with vodka in it), so it won't bother me, and I can go to bars with my partner and have a virgin drink with it.

    Now make that my 4th glass of water. I will rehydrate myself if I have drown myself in the river out back. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 20, 2011 11:47 PM GMT
    Hope you're feeling better soon!!
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    May 20, 2011 11:57 PM GMT


    Hope you are feeling better.. and soon
    A lot of people have had good results with this diet...

    http://www.diet.com/g/hay-diet

    especially with acid reflux and IBS. I've done it on and off for years. It's based on the Hay Diet which is all about not mixing acid and basic foods.

    http://greattastenopain.com/
  • rnch

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    May 21, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    bummer.

    Rest & Recover.
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    May 21, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidHope you are feeling better.. and soon
    A lot of people have had good results with this diet...

    http://www.diet.com/g/hay-diet

    especially with acid reflux and IBS. I've done it on and off for years. It's based on the Hay Diet which is all about not mixing acid and basic foods.

    http://greattastenopain.com/

    Thanks. I didn't see the strong acid reflux connection with the Hay Diet (odd name, sounds like for horses), and this other one requires you to subscribe. Interestingly, when I was young and could barely gain weight, my natural eating method was to munch a little at a time throughout the day. I disliked big meals.

    Plus I'd eat something meat all by itself, but seldom red meat, instead chicken, tuna, salmon, etc. And never as a sandwich or combined with anything, which used to drive my parents nuts. Only later would I maybe have a slice or 2 of bread, all by itself, gnaw on a carrot, but never anything combined.

    So I dunno if I was inadvertently practicing some aspects of the Hay Diet, it was just the way I liked to eat, still do. Which in turn drives my partner nuts, just like it did my parents, who likes a big plate full of everything.
  • fitdude62

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    May 21, 2011 12:40 AM GMT
    Feel better soon.

    Peace
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    May 21, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    Yes, get well soon!

    But a Fort Lauderdale hospital trip can have it's good points. My mom went to the ER at Holy Cross last year because she got light headed while exercising. (She's 87 and I call her the Energizer Bunny). It turned out that her ER doc and nurse were both gay guys, and quite handsome too. They really gave her the VIP treatment, and I appreciated that. It was like, "can I get you something to read...are you hungry...would you like me to fluff your pillow"....lol. Everything turned out just fine for her, as her doc lowered her BP meds.

    I've also heard that Imperial Point Medical Center is even more gay.

    So just think...you might have had the best of care by some hot (and competent) gay guys in medical scrubs. Being sick sucks...but at least that might ease things a bit.
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    May 21, 2011 2:32 AM GMT
    White4DarkerFL saidI've also heard that Imperial Point Medical Center is even more gay.

    So just think...you might have had the best of care by some hot (and competent) gay guys in medical scrubs. Being sick sucks...but at least that might ease things a bit.

    Imperial Point is our regular hospital, where our own doctor is on staff. And when my partner had his hip replacement he was at North Broward Medical on E Sample Rd, because his orthopedic surgeon has a complete program there for joint replacement.

    And yes, we met gay staff at both of them. Mostly nurses & technicians, no doctors that I could tell. But hell, I even met, and knew, gay guys at VA hospitals, when I used them more than private medical care now.

    I might also note that my partner & I have documents on file with all our doctors & hospitals, to give us full access & authority as needed. When my partner had his recent heart attack I was at his side the whole time, from the ER through his hospital stay. And he did the same for me not 2 weeks later, also at Imperial Point.

    Today he was right alongside me, joking and keeping me company while I had that IV drip. So even if a hospital does have a large gay staff, I'd still recommend everyone prepare these papers for their partner.
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    May 21, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    Please get to feeling better soon. That drink is waiting for you!!

    You are in my thoughts.
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    May 21, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your concern. But of course the IV itself was nothing, nor is dehydrating a huge crisis. Riders have it happen on our annual bike ride to Key West, and you'll see them lying on medical cots hooked to the bags at our pit stops along the way.

    My greater concern is what suddenly caused this, that seems to have resulted in a flare-up of medical issues in a short period of time. But don't you be overly concerned on my behalf; I do love to relate my numerous mishaps & misadventures, often finding them more funny than fearful.
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    May 21, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI might also note that my partner & I have documents on file with all our doctors & hospitals, to give us full access & authority as needed. When my partner had his recent heart attack I was at his side the whole time, from the ER through his hospital stay. And he did the same for me not 2 weeks later, also at Imperial Point.

    Today he was right alongside me, joking and keeping me company while I had that IV drip. So even if a hospital does have a large gay staff, I'd still recommend everyone prepare these papers for their partner.


    Excellent point.

    I recommend both a Durable Power of Attorney and a Healthcare Surrogate naming your partner. Otherwise, he has no more authority to visit or make decisions than any man on the street. People always think it's their Wills that are important...and they are...but it's the first two that you need if you're laid up for a period. More than that...you also need to name a back-up person, in case you're both in a car accident.

    But your point about having them on file at the hospital is something that I think is smart...crucial....as most trips to the hospital are unscheduled.

    Without these documents, huge problems can occur, especially if one has hostile relatives lurking in the background. Even if you're single, you want to name a trusted friend or attorney to this position.
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    May 21, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    White4DarkerFL saidI recommend both a Durable Power of Attorney and a Healthcare Surrogate naming your partner. Otherwise, a Long Term Companion has no more authority to visit or make decisions than any man on the street.

    But your point about having them on file at the hospital is crucial....as most trips to the hospital are unscheduled.

    Without these documents, huge problems can occur, especially if one has hostile relatives lurking in the background.

    We have those, plus a Living Will, and of course a Last Will. We also carry them with us in our luggage when we travel. Can't guarantee a strange place will honor them, especially in Red States though by law they should. But at least we can try.
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    May 21, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidWe have those, plus a Living Will, and of course a Last Will. We also carry them with us in our luggage when we travel. Can't guarantee a strange place will honor them, especially in US Red States, but at least we can try.


    I know....republicans and rational decision making don't play well together.
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    May 21, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    Art Art Art...

    That is not fun at all. icon_sad.gif Get well soon and keep drinking like a fish to keep hydrated.