Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Branch vs. Eyeball? The branch won.

So, things got a little crazy this Sunday. I know what you're thinking, if you've visited my blog before...You're thinking, "Isn't life ALWAYS crazy in that household?" You have a point. However, this was even crazier than usual...There I was, working alongside hubby, adding extra boards to the fence between our yard and the yard of our insane neighbor with the horrible, aggressive dogs, in order to block any spaces that those horrible, aggressive dogs can see through. As I was working, I kept feeling these waves of vertigo and dizziness. But, since I was bending down to pound in nails and pick up boards and all that, I thought it was most likely just dizziness from standing up too fast. So, being me, I just kept right on working... Until, I got hit by a wave of dizziness so strong, that I staggered against the fence and took a tree branch to the eye. My neighbor's tree, by the way. Think I could sue??? Anyway -- Blinding pain!!! But, did I go inside to see what damage had been done? Of course not. That's what sane people do. Nope, I sat down on the steps until it didn't hurt quite so badly, then I went back to work on the fence...(Yes, the words "dumb ass" come to mind.) Anyway, the vertigo got worse, so I finally just lay down on the deck. Hubby suggested I go lie down in a bed, instead, so I headed that way. On the way, I took a look at my eye. Blood red, with a big, visible wound right next to the lens of my eye. Not pretty, plus, I was still feeling really dizzy. So, I decided it might be time to hit the walk-in clinic. The boys, who were all excited, because we had told them we'd go swimming, were NOT pleased to be visiting the clinic, instead. Although, my scary red eye freaked them out a bit, so they got the whole concept of Mommy needing to go see a doctor. AND, we promised them elevator rides, which, for my boys, are one of the best things ever.

We arrived at the clinic, and hubby took the boys for their elevator rides, while I got checked out. Doctor took a look at my eye with an extremely bright, intense-pain-inducing light, and told me I had a "Significant scratch and contusion to the cornea of my eye, which could likely result in infection and possible loss of vision." Lovely. Antibiotic eye drops every 4 hours for the next week... Now, here's where things get a little more interesting... This requires a brief look back in time to 2001. In 2001, shortly after getting married, I had a stroke. Just a little one, but terrifying, all the same. My only risk factor was being on birth control pills. Needless to say, I quit them, immediately, and haven't taken them since. I have no lingering effects, but I did talk in a mish-mash of words for a while ("word salad", they call it), which was pretty weird. Anyway, back to the present. The clinic doc. looked long and hard into my ear canals, then did some balance and brain stem tests with me, and declared that I needed to go to the E.R., immediately, because I might be having another stroke. Great!

Here's the silver lining: When a doctor calls ahead to the E.R., and tells them that you are coming in and may be having a stroke, there's no waiting. They had me back in a room so fast, I only had a chance to holler, "John, take the kids home and feed them. I'll call you, when we know more!", as they were rushing me through the doors. One I.V., three blood sticks, and an M.R.I., later... I was pronounced stroke-free. But, this was after 4 hours of lying alone in a room, scared and cold and frankly, freaking out, while the large redneck family on the other side of the curtain cussed and laughed and talked on their cell phones at top volume. Also, the nurses gave me a massive dose of Benadryl in my I.V., and it immediately made me start to slur my words. Since my stroke in 2001 also made me slur my words and spit out sentences that made sense in my brain, but came out of my mouth as gobbledy-gook, this little side effect was terrifying. I kept telling myself it was just the Benadryl, but I couldn't help thinking I was having stroke #2, and I hadn't even had a chance to hug and kiss my family...Not my greatest moments, let me tell ya. But, as it all turns out, I have an inner ear virus, which results in dizziness and vertigo, lasting up to a week. But, it will resolve itself without any treatment at all. So, 5 hours after heading to the walk-in clinic, I was home, dosed up with anti-dizziness medicine and nursing my scary red eye...

I know. I told you it was crazy.

Cheers!

10 comments:

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  2. Oh this momma needs a glass of Wine, Although with all your meds you might need to wait awhile. Glad to hear nothing major was wrong and hopefully you will be scary eye free!

    ps-That above comment was from me,I just forgot to sign out of my teaching blog

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  3. Ugh, Beth! I'm so glad it's nothing more than an ear infection but how scary. We had our share of medical drama this week, too. Might be time for us to join my friend's "I Hate February" group on Facebook!

    P.S. You could totally sue your neighbor. Everyone knows that getting poked in the eye is a major cause of stroke-inducing ear infections ;p

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  4. Beth, I hope you feel better soon. I had vertigo about two years ago and I know that it isn't pleasant. Do you get a few days off work at least?

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  5. The good news is that my eye no longer terrifies little children AND my vertigo is starting to ease. I still get waves of it every onw and then (like when I was up in front of a class full of middle schoolers, talking about sexual harassment), but I'm waaaaay better. What a ride! Thanks for all the encouraging words. Cheers!

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  6. i can not TAKE eyeball stories.

    i feel ill

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  7. Umm, excuse me, but what the hell is an inner ear virus? And also, there will be no 2nd stroke. Got it? (BTW, sounds like a dreamy weekend...)

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  8. OMG Beth! That sounds like quite the adventure and I don't mean in a good way! I hope that you feel better soon! I hate ear infections!

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  9. Oh my goodness! I haven't been to your blog in awhile and wow I've missed a lot! While I'm glad to be visiting again, I'm sorry this all happened to you and hope you are feeling better quickly! I had to go to the ER alone once and it was pretty scary. Glad it all worked out for you though.

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  10. I LOVE MY BLOG BUDDIES. PERIOD.
    Cheers!

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