In Sickness and…with Crackers in the Bed
these past few days have made me extra grateful for my health. generally my body wards of illness like a champ and i don’t have any chronic pain/illness. however, this past week my body couldn’t hasn’t been able to fight some sort of virus.
i eventually ended up in urgent care on tuesday night because of such extreme pain in my stomach/intestines that it lead me to 77% pass out. my vision tunneled and my suddenly i couldn’t hear. it was super weird and scary. thankfully my husband was home as i made some sort of ridiculous moan and collapsed to the floor.
he said my face was stark white and it looked like i had put on white lipstick. i don’t own white lipstick so he knew something must be wrong. i was suddenly dripping sweat…like soaking through my shirt like i was hiking in the desert.
he put socks on my freezing feet and helped me to the chair as he gathered up my insurance info and my ID. i remember mumbling something about wanting to bring water with me so he filled up a cup. i said “no, water bottle” and he filled up a water bottle. then i said “no, the other water bottle.” apparently my desire for a specific water bottle gets amped up when i’m sick.
after sitting in stop and go rush hour traffic (that was the worse and i moaned the entire time), we got to urgent care. i doubled over in a chair while my husband checked me in. then i waited for the nurse to call my name after the guy with the slashed open hand, the kid with a potentially broken bone and a woman in a brightly floral dress, crying, to go before me.
i had a sexy hospital gown under the pile of jackets.
they ran a few tests, could see i was dehydrated and determined i have some sort of intestinal virus. part of being a blogger is that it conditions those around you to capture certain things, even when you are out of it. good work husband! ha.
it should also be noted that my husband was playing with the ear canal checker as the doctor walked in. instead of the doctor shaming my husband, he encouraged him and invited him to look in my ear. how kind (read: sarcasm).
he prescribed me some anti-nausea medication and something to help with the spasms/pain in my intestines and said it should hopefully clear up in a few days. it’s been going on since sunday so any day now would be great. i have a 5k race to run with my friend beki on saturday and it finishes with a mashed potato bar! i must be well.
i shared this on instagram but one of my husband’s biggest annoyances is having crumbs in the bed. i can sort of see that…but i also really love snacking. the only time this is allowed is when you are sick so i’m taking full advantage of this loophole.
upon rehydration and reflection of this experience, i started thinking how grateful i am not only for my health but also a built-in-buddy to help me through sickness. of course my husband is more than just my ‘buddy’ but i am so grateful that we are together most of the time and he’s there to help when my body can’t get it together.
i felt sad for the crying woman who had to be in the waiting room alone. no idea what her story was but i do know that having my husband gently rubbing the back of hand while we waited helped me relax.
it also made me more conscious to check in with friends and family who are living alone and pay extra attention to them if they are sick or injured.
i am thankful my husband was still in town to get me to urgent care because he left for florida yesterday morning and won’t be back until monday. he has done a good job checking up on me, with the aid of harry potter.
let’s appreciate the health we have in this moment. if you have a spouse that helps take care of you when you’re not feeling well, express gratitude to him/her. pay special attention to your friends and family who may not have someone built-in to take care of them and bring over trashy magazines, soup and crackers.
be well and wash your hands!