by on Saturday, February 7, 2009 14:35
This entry is filed under: Coping/Support

Well, last night was one of the few times I’ve been in the ER for a NON IBD/pouch-related dilemma. I have had migraines since the 7th grade.  They have since increased in intensity and frequency.  IBD came in handy last night, as did having no colon, because as soon as I said, “Crohn’s” and “total colectomy” with “vomiting” I got back to a room in, I kid you not, 3 minutes. This is one of the few times where Crohn’s and a J-pouch felt like my ticket to the VIP section. “Thanks, guys!”migraine-barbie

I get the kind of migraines where if you had a spoon handy, you’d dig your eyeballs out just to see if that’d lessen the pressure and pain in  your head. I also get the kind of migraines where you puke your guts out. Well…what’s left of them.

Now, I consider myself to have an impressively high threshold for pain, especially for abdominal pain. I love it when they ask you to “rate” your pain on a scale of 1-10 to determine how bad off you really are. I think…”Hmmm…well, really, I had absolutely nothing better to do at 2am on a Friday night. I got this dull little head ache, and just brought the barf-bag along for shits and giggles.” They were really good though. I have to say this is one of the more efficient ER’s I’ve been in. I got some Phenergan and Imitrex via IV, passed out, and awoke feeling much better.

I’m back home sitting on my couch writing this in my probably barf-covered PJ’s, just glad to have my head out of the toilet. It was somewhat amusing to answer the question, “Do you have diarrhea?” with a “No.” That hasn’t happened for a while!

So, cheers to the J-pouch for hangin’ in there while I was pukin’ everything I put into it back up. (Sorry for confusing you on the food-routing there, buddy!) And thanks to being Crohn-ed and colon-less to getting me an express one-way ticket to the ER bed. Thanks to all the prior hospital visits for the absolute lack of anxiety about the ER, the IV, and thanks for the many prior stick-and-miss, vein rolling experiences for knowing which vein was best for the IV.  I am truly not bitter to have this all down pat. Ironically, that was not sarcasm.  I am just grateful to be able to receive medical care that will relieve my pain, and get me back to the “real” world.

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3 Responses to “ERrrrr…”

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    Megan says:

    February 8th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    How do you continue to cope so well with having health hurdles? I mean you remain funny, light-hearted and optimistic even after years of being kicked in the gut (almost literally). You cease to amaze me on your resillency –


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    Lizz says:

    February 8th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Aw, thanks, girl! I just changed my perspective on it all a while ago. Being bitter is no way to live. I guess I stopped feeling like I was being punished, and realized that I could deal with these things that I had little control over however I wanted. Laughing about it and being grateful that every day is not like that is just a better way to live. Writing has been a great outlet, as has connecting with others in the same boat.


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