First of all, BLESS all my pals who were on Twitter and Facebook during my wild afternoon yesterday. You helped keep me sane and entertained with your kind words and wishes.
There’s not a whole lot to do in the ER, especially when your head hurts. I found that my small forays into social media kept me focused on something else besides the pain.
My favorite tweet exchange was with Marcy Kennedy:
@jhansenwrites: OK, #MyWANA peeps, I’m about to get my very first brain scan. Maybe they’ll find treasure in there! Wish me luck.
I’m sad to say, there was no candy. (But I’d have shared it if there was!)
Here’s how all this brain scan business got started:
I’ve had a migraine since last Friday night. During Hubby’s and my Crossfit training, I got what is called a thunderclap headache. I was doing pull-ups and this headache literally exploded in every part of my head. It was dreadful.
At the time, I just thought it was a regular migraine or muscle strain and went to the chiropractor. I stretched, I took migraine drugs like a maniac. Nothing I threw at it worked.
When I finally went to the doctor yesterday, she chastised me because apparently that kind of headache is often caused by a subarachnoid hemorrhage so I needed scans. I kind of felt like an idiot for trying to tough it out for a week instead of just going to the ER in the first place. What can I say…I’m a “suck it up to the point of stupidity” kind of gal.
Note to my peeps: Even if you’re a chronic headache sufferer, don’t put up with a NEW kind of headache, especially one with a quick onset.
I had two CAT scans – one with contrast dye and one without. All results were negative for any sort of neurological or vascular issues. No bleeding, no tears…my blood is pumping in and out of my brain just fine.
I still have the stupid headache but at least I know it’s not going to actually kill me.
I took the time to put this post up so no one had to worry any more than they already have. As one of my girlfriends said today: “You are my MOST exciting friend!” (She didn’t mean that in a sweet and easy kind of way.) I truly didn’t mean to be so exciting today!
Thanks for all the kind words and prayers, y’all. I’ll get an MRI this week and keep you posted.
Have you had any unusual “exciting” ER visits? What were they for? What did you do to keep yourself entertained in the hospital bed? Enquiring minds LOVE to know these things here at More Cowbell!