I can think of better ways to spend a Friday night

But at least I had good com­pa­ny. For part of it.

Yeah, anoth­er trip to the ER. I have GOT to stop doing this. 

When I went to the doc for my week­ly blood tests on Tues­day, the nurse was con­cerned about ortho­sta­t­ic hypoten­sion. That’s when you get dizzy on stand­ing up because your blood pres­sure does­n’t adjust quick­ly enough to the change. Oh, and my med lev­els were “non-ther­a­peu­tic” too.

So I was shang­haied into anoth­er set of tests on Fri­day, with a doc­tor’s vis­it thrown in for good measure.

The doc­tor kept me wait­ing for a love­ly two hours in the wait­ing room, then declared my blood pres­sure dan­ger­ous­ly low and sent me to the ER to wait longer for IV flu­ids, because I was dehydrated.

I real­ly think I was dehy­drat­ed because I was kept wait­ing in a doc­tor’s office all bloody after­noon, where I could­n’t stick to my nor­mal prac­tice of hav­ing my jug of ice-cold water at hand all the time. That’s the only way I can STAY hydrat­ed, dammit. And while I used to car­ry a water bot­tle around all the time, trav­el with the wheel­chair involves strip­ping myself down to the bare essen­tials. So far, that has not includ­ed a water bottle.

Any­way, my BP was 70/something when lying down, and it dropped when I stood up. I guess that explains the dizziness.

The ER doc had some nerve, though, to preach at me about eat­ing and drink­ing reg­u­lar­ly after keep­ing me in the ER for 6 hours with no access to food or drink. I tried to point out the irony of her state­ment, but her fun­ny bone was broken.

My hero came, picked up Katie so she would­n’t have to expe­ri­ence the ER, took her home, changed clothes, can­celed some plans he had for the evening, then came back to keep me com­pa­ny. He even came back via MARTA, so I would­n’t have to dri­ve the van home. Wow. Just in case I haven’t said so late­ly, or loud­ly enough, sam­bear is a mar­velous man, and I’m very lucky to have him in my life.

shad­owkatt is awful­ly spe­cial, too, as she did­n’t want to leave Mom­my to the vagaries of the nurs­es, and was real­ly great in keep­ing me com­pa­ny through­out a day of appoint­ments all over town ear­li­er in the day. She’s spent too much time in hos­pi­tals already, though, so I want­ed her to go home and get some time to her­self and have some fun.

I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward to hav­ing Sam home again after work today and gam­ing with mique_mique for the first time in WEEKS (she’s been trav­el­ing). I can’t clean the house prop­er­ly, which real­ly bugs me, but I’ll deal with it.

Cur­rent Mood: 🙁drained
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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