Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rough Week

Rough week...

I had an appointment with a specialist about possible mast cell activation issues that may explain the continued symptoms that I've been having. The appointment went well, but the fallout has been a challenge. I had to go off a bunch of my meds 3 days prior to the appointment...you do the math...

By the time Monday came, I was already feeling a bit rough. I was encouraged after talking with the doctor; he seemed pretty knowledgeable, listened well, and is ordering some tests. Unfortunately, one of the tests requires 2 blood samples - 1 as a baseline and the other when I'm really symptomatic...so I've had to be off my meds all week...again, easy math =P

Definitely more downs than ups this week, major return of some symptoms that had seemed to be more or less gone, but overall I was still able to go to school and work which was good since this week was the first week of classes. And then I got to Friday...

I've been training for a half marathon at the end of September, but hadn't done many long runs in the past few months, so I decided to try for 10-12 miles to see how I would feel. I was good until just before mile 10. Then I could tell things were rapidly going downhill, and I ended up throwing up in a Starbucks about a mile away from my apartment...

I threw up again about an hour later after trying to eat something and take some extra salt pills and water. I actually felt a bit better once I got in to school, so I was hoping that things would settle down or at least that I could ignore everything. No such luck... =P

I was taking a CPR re-certification course Friday morning and about 1/2 way through, things started feeling not quite right... I made it through the class, but as everyone was getting up to leave, I realized there was no way I was going to be able to walk out of there right then. By this point, I'm pretty dizzy, the room is spinning, I'm feeling lightheaded, shakey, and kinda disconnected with what was going on around me. I was able to lie down for a few minutes which helped. The CPR class was being taught by one of the Athletic Training professors and 2 of her graduate students. They were cool with me lying down for a few minutes and got me some water to see if that would help. One of the other GAs in my department hung back with me too.

After maybe 10 minutes or so I started feeling a bit better, so I decided to see how standing would go. I felt very dizzy initially and started shaking pretty hard right away, but it faded after a little bit, so I was hoping I'd be okay. I made it to the door of the classroom before I passed out.

It got pretty crazy after that I'm told. I was only unconscious maybe 15 seconds or so, but wasn't really aware of all that was going on for a while after. The EMTs were called, my friend had gotten one of our professors, there were people everywhere, I'm kinda glad I was out of it because I HATE being the center of attention and I'm SURE people were staring...

Shout out to my mom for encouraging me to make sure there were a few people who knew what was going on with me. She had wanted me to talk with at least one of the professors in my department so in case something ever happened (not that it ever would... =P) someone would know what was going on. Also, she wanted me to have a talk with a doctor at the health center so I could get some preventative care occasionally and in the case of an emergency someone would know me and my issues. That ended up definitely being good advice and an answer to prayer because I was able to just get taken over to the health center and get IV fluids instead of being taken by the ambulance to the hospital. Lesson learned...again, Mom is always right...and that it's always important for at least 1 person to know what is going on in case something does happen.

So long story short, I spent the rest of the afternoon at the health center getting fluids. That made a huge difference! I was still feeling a bit out of it/shakey/loopy/whatever you want to call it, but I know the fluids helped me recover much faster than I could have by just drinking. I've been taking it pretty easy all weekend, early night last night and just hanging around after church today and I'm feeling pretty good.

One other thing I learned was how important it is to have current medical information with me. I have updated medical alert cards in one bag, but that's not the one that I take to school...so the card that I had with me was not my current info...another lesson learned - make sure everything is up to date so there is no confusion.

Here's to hoping and praying that week 2 of classes is significantly less exciting and eventful!

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