Storytime: Hospital Update

Friends, as some of you may be aware, I have been out of sorts for several months now. Respiratory issues just would not let up. So I ended up in the hospital for a few days so various doctors can figure out what’s going on. People get nervous when I start fainting too much, especially when a few of them started resembling seizures. I’m not sure when I will get out, but I can see and type well enough, albeit temporarily, to update those of you who might be curious. :-)

Mold exposure in my old apartment started this mess. I’ve had persistent bronchitis and a flu on top of my severe mold allergy. After seeing lots of doctors, some ER visits, and a previous hospital stay, hopefully this will be the turning point. 

Check out how I spend some down time during a hospital stay. Cartoons are my favorite. You can pick them up anywhere, doze off, listen to doctors, etc., and they’re not confusing. I confess my brainpower is not at maximum strength when I’m in medical settings.Image

I eat lots of Froot Loops, because hospital food kinda sucks sometimes. This cereal is brightly colored, sugary cardboard, but it works. In the scene above, Bugs Bunny has just been seduced by a witch who turned herself into the lovely golden rabbit you see next to him. He turns to the audience and says “Yeah, I know. But they’re really all witches inside, aren’t they?” Still shaking my head.

Let’s see, what else have I been up to…

I accidentally hit a nurse when she injected air into my IV. I have little veins, and I flail when jolts of pain go through my arm.

During this stay I’ve mostly been too dizzy, occupied with testing, or too worn out to function much. I have been lucky enough to hear from a few sweet friends, and I am still smiling after a delightful visit from a fellow medical challenge. She tried to make balloon animals out of medical gloves, so obviously now I have a new talent to learn. Also, my IV pole has been officially accessorized.



I love you all. Sorry for being mostly off the grid. My thoughts constantly stray to correspondence, schoolwork, and advocacy efforts, but then I remember than I should probably wait until I’m in better condition. Tonight is a good night for staying hydrated, watching cartoons, and prayer. I hope for better days ahead for all of us.

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10 comments on “Storytime: Hospital Update

  1. Prayers for you and that they find out the problem and FIX it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. Love Fruit Loops!!!!!

  2. Gosh, I hope you get to feeling better soon! I’ve been following you on here for a few months and really appreciate every post. I was a little worried that you hadn’t posted in a while. I’ll be praying that you recover fully and quickly, and are able to be out and about again soon.

    • Thanks, Chrissy! I’m so glad you find this blog helpful. Even when I’m somewhat sick, I like keeping up with it, but this respiratory stuff really messed me up. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. :-)

  3. Sending love (and lots of other fun things in a box that hopefully arrived at your parents house today) xooxox

  4. Hospital stays are never fun but it sounds like you are making the best of a bad situation. Take care and hopefully you will be home feeling much better soon. Find something to look forward to, remember Spring will be here before we know it, think flowers and birds and some new spring clothes.

  5. Looks like you’re making the most of your little “retreat”. :) Get better soon!

    • Thanks! I’m thankful that my hospital stay was somewhere I feel reasonably safe and comfortable. The facility is awesome and the nurses are competent, so that decreased my stress level.

    • Did they find out about your fainting-I had the same problem and it was brought on by getting up to fast from a seated position, from too low blood pressure and pain and a medication I was on fainting was a side effect. They put me on a blood pressure raising medication 3x a day and that’s definitely helped. But yours was respiratory? I hope you are feeling better…………..

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