Wednesday, October 20, 2010

the last 28 hours

Yesterday at 4:30 pm: Sudden, intense, incredibly sharp pain in my left ovary - unlike the dull, throbbing pain from the past couple of weeks. I'd just been helping a coworker set up for an event when it happened. I couldn't breathe. I was doubled over and holding back tears. The pain radiated through my abdomen and chest.

5:30 pm: Clock out time, and I'm still in pain. I decide to head straight to urgent care.

6 pm: Check in at urgent care. They get me right back and (shocker!) insist on a pregnancy test. Negative. The doctor decides to take a chest x-ray of my abdomen. The doc sees a large "sack" stretching from my left ovary up into my chest. She tells me to get to an emergency room. It's possibly the sac is air, and that I have an obstructed bowel.

6:45 pm: Meet Joey at home and head to the hospital.

7:30 pm: At the hospital. Checked in. Let the waiting commence.

8 pm: Waiting.

9 pm: Waiting.

10 pm: Waiting.

Sometime between 10:30 and 11 pm: The hospital staff tells Joey, in his final visit to the registration desk, that they don't know when they can see me. The guy sitting next to the desk, who was brought in about 20-30 minutes after I was via ambulance, tells Joey he was HIT BY A CAR. He's been bleeding in the ER for over two hours and hasn't been seen.

We both tell the ER staff to go fuck themselves and leave.

8 am: After a night of minimal sleep, the pain is slowly improving. Still unconvinced that this is a bowel issue, I decide to call my RE.

11:30 am: The nurse calls me back. I have an appointment for 1:45 pm.

1:45 pm: Vital signs taken. High BP, high pulse, and a fever. RE listens to my bowel signs. Minimal, he says, but he doesn't think that's it either. Time for the ultrasound.

SURPRISE.

Ruptured ovarian cyst. Luckily, I had minimal internal bleeding. Doc's orders: no spicy foods, no greasy foods, and no strenuous activity. I will report to the hospital immediately if my fever increases, if my pain increases, or if I have trouble pooping. (Ha!) I must call tomorrow and give him an update, regardless, and he'll see me back on CD 5, 6, or 7 to see if the fluid is gone . . . and to see if the fluid he saw toward my right ovary is endo related.

Morals of this story? Don't be a jackass like me and ignore your pain. Go with your gut instinct. And, if you live in Orlando, never go to Florida Hospital East.

33 comments:

Secret Sloper said...

Katie, how frightening! Oh my God, that could have been such a tragedy. I'm glad the bleeding was minimal, but I am so sorry at the pain you experienced (and at the delinquence of the ER staff-- though I'm sure in NYC they are no better!)

Rest up and please feel better soon.

Carli said...

Oh, how painful! So sorry that the urgent care docs misdiagnosed you and that you wasted all that time at the ER.

Feel better soon.

Rachel said...

Oh gosh! Sorry you are going through that! Oh, and don't feel too bad - the ERs over here in Tampa are exactly stellar either! Hope you start feeling better - and SOON!

Another Dreamer said...

Oh my gosh! So sorry, but so glad things weren't worse! So scary :(

The Steffens said...

Oh honey, that's terrible. Feel better! Take it easy!

Gurlee said...

Ouch, you poor girl!! I hope they gave you some good drugs at the very least. Your experience at the hospital is unbelievable! I hope that your are on the mend and feel better soon.

someday-soon said...

That sucks girl! Hope you're feeling better really soon...

Kim said...

Jeesh Katie, how scary! I'm just glad your ok. How frigtening. I can't believe that kid and you were sitting in ER that long- wow.

Glass Case of Emotion said...

well THAT does not sound like fun, but glad you are okay for the most part. Ugh- the hospital must have been so frustrating. Emergency care can be really tough to deal with.

The Wifey said...

Ugggggggggggggh!! Hospitals!!!
I had a similar experience when a was early on in a PG (that resulted in m/c) -- and they thought it was an ectopic and rush rush rush...hurry hurry hurry ... and waited in the ER for 2 hours then in a bed for about 5 hours --- and then NOTHING!!!! We left.

Luckily it turned out to NOT be an ectopic, but what the hell?! I do not ever want to go to that hospital again.

I hope you recover quickly from that cyst... they are a b!tch ...

Josey said...

Oh my gosh - so crazy!!!! I'm glad you're okay!

Kaitake said...

That's terrible how long you had to wait! I hope you are recovering and feeling better. Best wishes :)

S.I.F. said...

Uggg! I've had 2 cysts rupture and it is the most pain I have EVER been in in my entire life. It's actually one of my biggest fears going into this cycle too. I'm so afraid one of my endometriomas will rupture because of all the hormones, and that it will either ruin the cycle or it will happen while pregnant and possibly infect the baby. These are serious big time worries of mine!

I'm so sorry you had to go through that lady, and seriously it sucks that the hospital was so bad! That is freaking insane!

Sushigirl said...

I just discovered your blog. I hope you're ok. I had an ectopic and it took the hospital ages to discover what it was, it's a scary position to be in when you know something's wrong but they're just mucking around. Hope you've got your feet up and are chilling out.

Conceptionally Challenged said...

Ugh, Katie, I'm so sorry! It's terrible that they let you wait, and wait, and wait. I'm so glad you're mostly okay.
Take care.

waiting for baby said...

How scary! Well I'm glad you are alright! :)

Jessica said...

I know how much that hurts. I'm sorry you are having to go through that pain. I hope you are feeling better.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your night/day! I hope you have a speedy recovery, and damn that hospital for crappy service!

serenity said...

I had a rupture after my first IVF cycle and it was quite possibly the worst pain I've ever had. I thought I was dying.

Thank goodness it wasn't worse.

Marla said...

That sounds horrible ... and horrifying! Yikes! And as if you need any of this extra sh*t in your life! Boo!

Feel better soon!

kayee said...

Oh how terrifying, Katie! But I'm glad that the bleeding wasn't that bad. I hope you are feeling better .... On the medical side, what a lack of medical care & professionalism. I work in a hospital and although I know ERs can get busy, that is unacceptable. I am always dumbfounded when I hear stories about SERIOUSLY injured people sitting for hours in an ER waiting room. Awful.

Feel better!

Jen said...

Ugh, that sounds horrible. I'm sorry! I hope you feel better soon.

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

Crazy...I am glad you are ok. Take it easy this week!

Crossed Fingers said...

I'm so sorry you had to deal with that - it sounds horrible. But I am glad your RE was able to see you and help you out vs the stupid ER docs! Keep us updated and rest up!

AL said...

So scary and frustrating that the ER was so unresponsive.

Hope everything checks out and the next appointment and this is over.

suchagoodegg said...

Ohhhh Katie, my heart was pounding reading this. I'm so glad you're getting care and are feeling better and that all is well. I hope you're putting your feet up and taking care of yourself my friend. xoxo

Maureen said...

Oh no, hon. I have heard that is VERY painful!! I hope you feel better soon. Thinking about ya!!

Tillie said...

Holy crap - I'm glad you went in this morning though. That hospital sucks monkey balls...Feel better soon!

Arlyne said...

Oh Katie, I'm so sorry that you had such an awful experience! :( I'm really glad your RE took you right away, & it seems like he's on top of the situation. sending lots of (((HUGS)))!!! xoxoxo

Basic Girl said...

Omigosh, that sounds so scary and horrible...rest up and take it easy. Glad your RE is on top of things, keep us posted!!

Rach said...

Yikes. Sounds painful and scary. Glad everything is ok.

Kakunaa said...

Oh, sweetie! I am glad you are okay, but what a miserable thing to go through! Are you on buttloads of antibiotics? I've heard that having a ruptured cyst is INCREDIBLY painful. Big hugs to you and I hope you feel better soon!

Ryan said...

I'm sorry to hear about this! Feel better soon, Katie.