Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Lie Down Before You Hurt Yourself

I've been sick. It started last Friday and just today I sorta feel better. Although not a lot better.

On Sunday morning, at 1:00 a.m., I awoke to the worst throat pain I've ever had. Oh, and I couldn't breathe at all. Mr. Zoom had let me sleep in our room and he was asleep in the spare room. I went in and woke him up.

We decided I should probably go to the er. Which we did. I got some breathing treatment that opened up my airway and a few x-rays. They told me I have tracheal bronchitis. They gave me liquid vicodin for the pain and a Z pack of antibiotics for the infection.

Now, I've had vicodin before. And I've been fine with it. However, it was not to be this time around.

I think we got home around 3 a.m. I had my drugs and was off to sleep in no time.

Abut 7:30 a.m., I awoke and couldn't breathe again. And I was burning up. Not just "oh, I'm uncomfortable" hot, but tearing off my clothes and swimming in sweat hot. I got up, actually stumbled up out of bed and headed for Mr. Zoom.

I kept shaking him awake. Understandably, he was a bit out of it. I could feel myself starting to faint. I could see stars, I was completely numb and dripping sweat the whole way over to him. I could only say "I'm sick, help me. I'm sick, help me." And then "I'm going to faint, I'm just going to lie down on the floor here."

And I did. It kept me conscious. Who knew that Lie Down Before You Hurt Yourself was not just a snappy reply, but actual advice?

About this time Mr. Zoom came completely awake. He's looking at his wife half nekkid, sweating, and mumbling - lying on the concrete floor. He jumped up and said "wait here."

But I didn't. I got up, and went back to our bed. Without even saying "What the hell is wrong with you?" he took my temperature. Asked if I wanted to go back to the hospital. (At this point, the temperature was back down to like 100, I think - which is where I'd been at before the first er trip.)

I said "no." And then almost immediately went right back to sleep.

Even for a Zoom, that's just plain weird.

I won't be taking Vicodin again anytime soon. I already have enough trouble with erratic behavior without freaking out the husband at 4 hour intervals in the middle of the night. And I did try the stuff again a night or two later (a half dose this time) and I woke up feeling like someone had hammered on my arms and legs all night.

So that's where I've been lately. I hope the rest of you are well.

6 comments:

The Management said...

Damn Zoom.. Adult fevers suck. Please get better.

Otter

Al said...

Hope you're feeling better kiddo

theresa said...

It sounds like a really nasty bug bit you. Hope you feel better soon!

AndyT13 said...

Holy crap! Whoever heard of Vicodin being BAD for you??? Bizarre! Admittedly my tolerance for all things intoxicating is ridiculously high to begin with, but that's just crazy! Oh, my poor, poor, poor , poor, poor Zoomie! I'm so glad you didn't fall down and hurt yourself and I profoundly hope you're feeling %100 beter by the time you read this. I was wondering where you'd gotten off to. I hate it when you can't blog as reading it so often makes my day. *Hugs*

Rev. Brandy said...

Oh, when you wrote the bit about the liquid Vicodin, I got a bit nostalgiac for the friend-of-a-friend's 'script I bummed a few years back . . . I developed quite an appreciation for how habit-forming the old V. is, and damn, if we were neighbors, I would totally score the liquid V. from you and get you out of the dangerous woods you wandered into, taking it. I didn't even know they HAD such a thing. I will have to ask for it the next time I have some throat nastiness. The bad news for me is I never get the doctor with somewhat questionable morals who can be conned into writing me a mostly recreational 'script. Sucks.

That aside, I hope you feel better right quick. No one wants a sickly Zoom.

ZooooM said...

Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to live.

Rev, I could barely hide my glee when he said "liquid vicodin" (the dr.) Which is why I was so bummed when it didn't exactly have the intended results.

This is the first time in probably 2 years that I've been this sick, and I've had a dr. actually give me something for it. They usualy say virus and go home and ride it out.