Monday, July 25, 2016

When things don't go as planned...

Hello my friends! I just wanted to give you a little update now that I'm feeling better and can get back to work. A week and a half ago, this was me:
Super flattering, right?! I was suffering from extremely bad neck pain, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, and even a little bout of vomitting. When things got particularly bad I decided to call the local health helpline and they advised that I get myself to a doctor right away. So I called my bestie (as my husband was at work) and she took me in to urgent care. I was in urgent care for a few hours with an IV and some morphine to help with the pain when they sent me by ambulance to the hospital. 

Once I arrived at the hospital the doctors assessed my situation and let me know that they thought I likely had meningitis. Well that sounded scary! They put me in isolation, and everyone who came into my room had to wear what only can be described as a hazmat type outfit. 
To test for meningitis they have to insert a needle into your back and extract some spinal fluid. Yes, it's as painful as it sounds. Especially since my spine has had several injuries and they couldn't locate the spinal fluid - even after trying for 2.5 hours. That was a painful 2.5 hours. Finally they called in a specialist and he got the fluid by using a live x-ray to assist. 

Then it was time for the waiting game. I was admitted into the hospital in an isolation room and pumped full of antibiotics and steroids until my meningitis test results came back. In the meantime they also discovered that I had pneumonia! No wonder I wasn't feeling too awesome. 

After nearly 5 days in the hospital, I was finally released. My meningitis tests were negative, but I still needed antibiotics and lots of rest for the pneumonia. 

So I'm feeling TONS better and have an exciting few blog posts coming up, so stay tuned! 

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20 comments:

  1. When you didn't post for a while, I thought you were on a little summer vacation. I never would have guessed the real reason behind your absence. So sorry you were so ill (especially having to endure the spinal tap), but glad you are on the mend. Keep getting better!! Sending hugs and healing wishes.

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    1. Thanks so much Doris! I'm feeling SO much better now and am happy I can get back to work. :)
      xo Allison

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  2. So good to hear you're on the road to recovery!

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  3. Wow! What a difficult time for you! I'm so sorry you were so sick but thankful the meningitis test was negative and that you are on the mend.

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    1. Thanks Cathi! You an I both! I certainly didn't want to stay in that isolation room any longer! Happy things came out as they did and I was able to be released. :)
      xo Allison

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  4. Oh Allison, what a nightmare! I am glad you are on the mend. Hope you're back to normal in a jiff!

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    1. Feeling tons better thanks Dana!
      xo Allison

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  5. So sorry to hear this. I am glad you are feeling better It is Jennifer- but under daughters account

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! Thankfully those medicines worked wonders and I'm feeling tons better.
      xo Allison

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  6. So sorry you've been sick. Happy healing.

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  7. You're even cute with nasal prongs! Love ya, and hope to see you all mended up soon! <3

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    1. Hahahahaha! Um, no. That picture is horrifying. I clearly am still drugged as 'normal' me wouldn't post such a scary pic! LOL.
      xo Allison

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  9. Oh my. So happy it is not meningitis s but so sorry it was pneumonia. Glad you are on the mend. I also wondered why I had not seen any post.. Get better first and don't push it...

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    1. Thanks so much Mallory. I'm so happy that I'm feeling a lot better. Still sleeping lots and taking it easy, but excited to get back to work too.
      xo Allison

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  10. Really really glad you are on the mend Allison ... Pneumonia really yuk...but So glad not meningitis! Take care and get plenty of rest.... Happy healing....

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    1. Thanks Amanda. Thankfully the pneumonia isn't really bothering me. Just getting lots of sleep and taking it easy.
      xo Allison

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  11. Oh my GOODNESS! Allison I am so very thankful you are okay honey. What a scary time this must have been. I hope you are much recovered now and feeling much much better xox

    love
    Adele
    xox

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