The Hospital

31 Oct

Phew, it’s been some crazy last couple of days, and not in the good way, but luckily it turned out well in the end! On Monday I was admitted to the hospital because of a big blood clot in the lungs, which of course was not how I’d planned to start the week. Luckily I responded really well to the treatment, and could go home after only two days, and I must say I’m overjoyed to be home again, even though I wasn’t gone long.

It all started a bit after midday on Monday when I was talking a walk with lovely little Chico. After only about 200 metres it suddenly felt like I’d run a marathon, I had trouble breathing and suddenly became unconscious and hit the ground. Luckily there was a man nearby who came running when he saw me, and helped me get home. Even though it was only a short trip it felt like a mile,Β  the breathing issues I had were so bad, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.Β  Chico was by the way very good and calm the whole time, so glad he didn’t run away when I fainted. And even gladder that I didn’t fall on top of him πŸ˜‰

At home I quickly got in touch with my mum who rushed me to the doctor where they did a bunch of tests to figure this out. At first they thought it was a common decrease in blood pressure, which isn’t really unusual to have, but luckily my wonderful doctor started suspecting it could be something more serious when observing my dangerously low drop in oxygen saturation whenever I made the smallest physical effort. Since she suspected a clot in my lungs I was taken to the hospital in Fredrikstad with an amnulance, which was very non-dramatic and where I was connected to an oxygen mask which made breathing a lot easier. Wonderful!

Arriving at the ER was a positive experiene, even though I was a bit frigthened, I can only say positive things about the doctors and nurses who helped me. It would be incredibly boring if I were to go over all the details of what happened there, as it was mainly waiting and performing various tests. A CT-scan showed that it was in fact a blod clot that was causing my issues, and I was transferred to the medical monitoring ward and started treatment. I have to give major props to the people who worked at the ward, I was so well taken care of and they were all so nice and helpful. I felt very safe, which helps a lot when you’re gonna spend the night a place that’s quite scary where a lot of critically ill people are also staying, and you have needles in you everywhere.

In hospital

After a day at the monitoring ward I was transferred to a ward for cancer- and blood diseases for pasients out of the critical phase, where everything was much more quiet, and things went slower, which was a bit of a difficult change. Even though I didn’t have to be connected to all these wires anymore, it still felt much scarier to be there, because there weren’t nurses and doctors around me at all times. It was also quite weird to be somewhere where all the other patients were so much older, I was clearly the youngest person there by far. But of course everyone was lovely at this ward as wall, and I quickly felt better. It also helped that my mum was with me a lot of the time, and in the evening my dad, my sibling Joakim and Marianne, and Astrid (Marianne’s mum) also came to visit me. They even brought pizza with them so I didn’t have to eat hospital dinner πŸ˜‰ Very grateful! Visits by friends and family are so comforting when feeling a bit scared and alone!

Hospital 2

The day after I received the wonderful news that I could go home since I had improved so much and the blood thinners worked so well. Wohoo! I had to talk a bit with the doctor and a specialist nurse about the medicine that I will be taking for the next 6 months, how important it is that I take them correctly, how and why they work, and stuff like that, and then my mum could take me home, where I am now πŸ™‚ I’m taking things slowly and I’m not to push myself in anyway the next few days as my lungs did take a toll, which I do still feel, but I’m getting better every day.

It feels so good to be home, to wear my own clothes and sleep in my own bed! The hospital stay felt so much longer than two days, and I hope I don’t offend anyone who has been or currently is admitted for longer by saying so. As I mentioned I’m taking thing slowly, but I’ve managed to carve and decorate a pumpkin today, it is Halloween after all πŸ˜‰ Hopefully there’ll be quite a few kids trick -or-treating tonight, as we have a lot of candy ready to give πŸ™‚ Happy Halloween everybody, and hope you’re all in good health (and that I also will continue to be)!

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