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My Fun Saturday Night . . .

December 2nd, 2007 by Caroline Spector

I had a swell blog post planned for this week, but I was thwarted.  Instead of regaling y’all with my fantastic wit, I was spending my Saturday night at the emergency room, which isn’t as much fun as it sounds.

I was prescribed Cipro on Thursday.  Saturday night my shins started itching to beat the band.  A few minutes later I started coughing.  It felt like I had a cat hair caught in my throat — which wouldn’t be all that unlikely at Casa Spector — except the coughing wouldn’t stop.

I called the urgent care nurse and she said to go to the ER.

On the drive to the ER, I keep thinking, “Okay, how long does it take to die from asphyxiation?  Two, maybe three, minutes?  How long before there’s irrepairable brain damage?”  Okay, so perhaps I was getting a little melodramatic.  

By the time I ended up with the triage nurse, I was having bronchial spasms.  I discovered that if you’re having respiratory problems, they get you in to see the doctor really quick.

They hooked me up to some sort of respirator-thingy that pumped me full of oxygen mixed with a bronchial dilator.  It was amazing.  It took care of my breathing problem in about twenty minutes, and also made me feel like I’d drunk ten cups of coffee with a No-Doze chaser.

Anyway, they kept me there until about two in the morning when they finally sprang me with admonishments to call my doctor and not to take Cirpro anymore. So, I’m good as long as I don’t get anthrax.

Next week I have no doubt I’ll be witty as hell.

Posted in Caroline, Health and Safety, Medicine, The Dude | 5 Comments »

5 Responses

  1. Morgan J. Locke Says:

    Yipes! I know someone who died of a severe asthma attack before her neighbors could get her to the hospital.

    I am very glad you are OK.

  2. Bradley Denton Says:

    Ditto. This sounds very scary indeed.

    No more drugs for you, Spector.

  3. Madeleine Robins Says:

    Monkeys’ years ago, the Spouse had a reaction to a bacteria already in his system (he had bronchitis, to which is is possible to become allergic, and thus developed whopping asthma) and wound up spending a week in the hospital because of it. Personally I disagree with those who feel that the ability to breathe is a luxury. Take respiration seriously, Caroline. We’d miss your acid touch around these precincts.

  4. Paula Helm Murray Says:

    Yikes. I had that happen a long time ago (early 80s). The main drug they had at the time kept me for two days before they got out of my system. And our house was clean clean clean.

    Glad they were able to straighten it up!

  5. Rory Harper Says:

    Ur. I’m glad you survived, Caroline; keep on surviving, please. We don’t know any other good bass players.

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