Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Week of the NAIL

For those who haven't heard, I swallowed a nail. No joke. on wed June 28, i was haning a frame w/a nail/hanger in my mouth when i suddenlyrealized the nail went down my throat. No pain-just scared me to death. Ended up driving to the ER-"why are you here" "I swallowed a nail" "You did WHAT?" was the common comment. Had everyone freaked out cause they all had done the same thing-let this be a lesson-don't put nails in your mouth-our moms were right! Gary showed up after his tests, then my sis. then i find out mom, dad, nathan are all on the way too. Great. I'm never going to hear the end of this. I can see the mounds of nail i will receive for Christmas from now on...
On to X-Ray. jokes didn't stop there. They decide to do an endoscopy on me-to try to retrieve nail from stomach. I call it roto-rootering the throat 101. Long story short, got the iv started-had to get me out of the cardiac room they had stashed me in-incoming emergency-real cardiac problem. I think the man died cause i heard a woman wailing. They took me to the GI lab-got me prepped-explained what they would do etc...just forgot the part where i wake up during and gag/retch so hard that i have strained all my muscles between stomach and head. I was supposed to be back to normal the next day. 6 days later and i'm still in pain. I've had x-ray's thur, fri, mon to see where the nail is. had to go back mon for a fabulous Iodine cocktail and Barium chaser to look at my throat & be sure no damage there. no-it "looks good" so i'm just strained and in massive pain.
And the combination burps up really nicely. tasteful too. Great diuretic for an empty stomach in case you ever need one.
Solid food is a thing of the past. Asked for pain meds wed night-they give me horse pills. guess that "it hurts to swallow" doesn't count for much.
Nail IS progressing-so far no pain from it-keeping fingers crossed. Due for another XRay on wed. really sick of the hospital. Did go out for some food today-so hungry-craving things like crazy. Had black eyed Pea bread w/gravy, cheese soup and potato. and will have the same for dinner- pictures later
gave me some lovely "souvenir photo's" at the hosp last week.

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