Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'd Rather Feel the Earth Beneath My Feet

Another self-portrait of Stinky.

Well, kids. We had a little scare here at the Churlish household tonight. I just spent the last almost 4 hours in the E. R., so this will be short. Remember how I told you Stinky has been sick on and off for the last few weeks? Well, it all caught up to her tonight. She fell asleep as soon as she got home and I finally had to wake her up, because she was shivering so hard she scared the shit out of me. I made her take some Advil and drink some juice, but she was in tons of pain. The scary kind. Since a lot of her symptoms were like those she had when she had meningitis, I made her do the "touch your chin to your chest" thing you're supposed to do to test for it. She couldn't do it. It made her cry it hurt so much.

I called the triage nurse and she went over all the meningitis symptoms with us. Stinky had so many of them, that she told us to bring her into the E. R. as soon as possible. Of course, Coadster got really worried and upset, so I had her dad come by and pick her up.

They had some screw-up with us at first and put us in the wrong room and forgot about us for almost an hour. When we finally hooked-up with a Dr., she did a bunch of tests and we all decided to wait until the much larger dose of Advil and the IV fluids kicked in before they got all crazy and performed a spinal tap. It was a good thing they did, because the way it looks right now, it probably isn't meningitis this time. Stinky has a bad ear infection in both ears and is extremely dehydrated. She's on antibiotics and isn't supposed to go to school at least until Friday. The Dr. thinks it will take at least two days for her fever to go down and for her body to recover. So, I'm taking tomorrow off to stay with her and her dad will take Thursday off and then we'll see how it goes after that. Jaysus, Mary and Joseph, but it's been a long scary night.

Okay, now I'm going to bed, but before I do, I'll tell you something ridiculous to cut through this big scary downer (even though it had a pretty happy ending) post:

When they finally realized the room snafu and were moving us to the correct place, we were walking past the desk of my friend Bryan who works there. He looked up totally surprised to see me and said, "Hey! I was just writing on your wall on Facebook." There. How's that for ridiculousness?


Remiman said...

Wow! Scary, scary shit. I'm glad the ending was less serious.

Leo said...

The good news is that there's now 100,000 different flavors of Gatorade for sweetie to choose from to get hydrated.

Glad she's going to be ok. Hang in there, kiddo.

Anonymous said...

The double ear infections are no fun. They'll get better, but they suck big time. I hope you're both OK. Get well, Stinky.

Tara said...

Jeez, Churlita, that is so scary! I'm so sorry you all went through that scare, but very glad she doesn't have meningitis. I hope she recovers quickly.

DJSassafrass said...

Holy hell! I am glad she is okay. I will be thinking good thoughts for you. Good thing it didn't happen during the crazy bomb threat at the UI ETC...wouldn't that have made things even more fun?

Pamela said...

Oh, so sorry! But glad she'll be ok.

Minyo said...

How scary! Hope she has a quick recovery and gets back to normal real soon!

Not Fainthearted said...

Holy crap!

I'm glad there's a happy ending here but sorry for the craptacular path you've had getting to it.

Hope everyone is feeling better really really soon!!!!

girl crush said...

dude. scary. i'm so glad she's going to be okay. love you!

Churlita said...


Yes, it ended so much better than it could have.


I'm still having some trouble getting her to drink as much as she should. She says everything tastes weird. I think it's just because she's all congested and can't taste things very well.


I think it was the fever from them that did the most damage. It got pretty high.


Thanks. I'm glad too.


When was the crazy bomb threat? Did that happen recently?


I'm so glad too.


Thank you. Luckily kids are pretty damn resilient.


It's been a long couple of days, but she seems a little more perky tonight.

Girl Crush,

Love you too. We'll just have to make up for all this crap on Friday when we have more fun than we ever dreamed.

Ananda girl said...

Poor thing! Poor mom too... how scary! So glad it turned out not to be deadly. Still awful. Ear infections really hurt. Geeze. Hope you got some heavy duty rest after that... all of you. I hope she is better.

laura b. said...

God, that is incredibly awful to even hear about, let alone to live through.
I'm so glad to hear the happy ending...and real glad to know that everyone else is also facebooking at work...