Thursday, September 11, 2008

When it rains, it pours!

You guys know that saying, when it rains it pours? I have really found that expression to be true. First, my car was in the hospital (the Saturn dealership), then I had to go to the hospital (the actual hospital).

Last night around midnight, I started to feel very ill. I thought it would just go away, but a little before 2 AM I was in so much pain I felt I had no choice but to go to the hospital. And trust me, this is not something I normally even consider, no matter how sick I am. But the pain in my stomach was so intense I felt I'd better go.

The thing about the emergency room that I've always found funny (not haha funny) is that no matter how much pain you're in, they make you sit there at registration and answer questions like you're just there for a routine appointment.

Desk person: "What's your date of birth?"
Me, confused and in pain, "What? Oh....(gives date)"
Desk person: "What's your address?"
Me, not able to remember address because of pain, "Uh.......what was the question?"

I can't really complain though because they got me in pretty quickly. Then the tests began. I don't even know what all they tested me for, but I know that some of those tests are pointless - like the pregnancy test. They never believe you when you say you're sure you're not pregnant. I didn't even know it, but it turns out that was one of the things they tested me for. The lady in the x-ray room told me that she could do the x-rays because the pregnancy test came back negative. Doi!!

At one point I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and decided I'd better fix my ponytail if I wanted to look presentable. Have you guys ever tried fixing your ponytail with an I.V. in the inside of your elbow? Youch!! I gave up on that. I figured I wouldn't see anyone I knew anyway. A little bit later, a familiar face peeked around the curtain of my room and said, "Elizabeth?" It was my old friend Kendall, who I hadn't seen in years. She was there with someone and had seen me being wheeled by on my way back from x-rays. She stayed for awhile and talked, and it was a nice distraction. I hope she didn't notice my messy ponytail.

Well anyway, after many tests, x-rays, and some morphine (which didn't help), I got the news about my stomach. It's nothing to be scared about - I've always had stomach problems. I'm on a new medicine now and should be totally better soon. Today I feel like I got punched directly in the stomach last night, but I'm doing much better. Needless to say, I hope this "rain" lets up soon!


Katherine said...

DANGIT...I was hoping that you wouldn't notice when I punched you in the stomach last night. Oops. Feel better soon!

alecia said...

Bah!! Feel better... That is so crazy that Kendall was there!

Emily said...

I Hope you at least got to stay home from work and watch tv and movies all day. If not, then it really did pour.

I hope you feel better. Please let me know if you want me to beat Katherine up for you... at least to hold you over until you feel better. I don't want to do it Katherine, but seriously, punching your own sister in the stomach...the nerve!!

Call me if you need anything!

Elizabeth Downie said...

Haha, thanks for the offer Emily! I did get to stay home, which was nice. I wish I had been feeling better so I could fully enjoy it, but it was still nice. I got to watch the afternoon tv staples - sister sister, full house, etc... :)

Kathy said...

Glad to hear that you're ok! BUT- staying home to watch Sister Sister makes the pain worthwhile, right? If you know one of your favorite episodes is on, maybe you could order a pickle from Jimmy John's. Plus we get to watch Justin roll his eyes. Bonus.

Justin said...

are those the beds you had to use? the set up seems very military style. you didn't get your own room?

kathy why are you always trying to start trouble?

Kathy said...

Me starting trouble?! You're the one who told Elizabeth about John. You swore you would never show anyone that picture.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Kathy, I already sensed it before Justin told me. I knew you secretly loved John Mayer even though you told me you thought he was a "pig." I could see the look in your eyes whenever his name came up!

justin said...

and trying to cover it up by saying you gave him the "thumbs down" on Pandora. I'm sure you created 5 different John Mayer stations. I knew I heard you humming "Why Georgia" yesterday!

yeah, this really has nothing to do with the topic of Elizabeth's entry.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Hellooooooo! I'm suffering from major stomach pain over here! Let's stay on topic, people!! (kidding :))

Kathy said...

Stop whining.

Elizabeth Downie said...


Sarah said...

Ok, one of these days, you need to blog an entire convo between you, Justin, and's a riot! :) In the meantime, I prescribe thee to take two naps and call me in the morning! :) (Oh, I tossed a "thee" in there to holla back at your RenFest entry - by the way, one of my students works there with his parents! He was giving me all the awesome inside gossip during recess today! For real!)

Anonymous said...

A man calls the hospital frantic, "Send someone quick! My wife's going into labor!"

The nurse on the other line asks, "Is this her first child?"

He replies, "No this is her husband."

Elizabeth Downie said...

That's really funny, Angela! :) ha!