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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Repeat yesterday.

Except that this time we're in the other hospital's stand-alone ER/Urgent Care, and it's evening not morning. And it's a lot quieter back here than it was yesterday.  They don't have us in a tiny storage area in a room full of cardiac monitors going off full volume every few minutes.

The nurse seemed slightly surprised that they hadn't done a spinal tap at the other hospital since offspring's neck is sore and a little stiff along with the unrelenting headache.


I suppose that if it is meningitis at least they'll have a diagnosis and maybe figure out what they can give her for the headache.  Right now the best guess has been a reaction to the Wellbutrin she started on on Tuesday.  But you'd think that some form of narcotic would have helped.

Update:  It's been about two hours since that post, and we've been sent over to the main hospital.  They do think it's just a bad migraine, perhaps a cluster, and have given her some different meds, benedryl and reglan, and it seems to have stopped the headache within minutes.  Apparently dilaudid is not known as a good pain med for headaches.  I will have to politely complain to the first ED about that, since what we've been given here seems to be the norm at most other hospitals.


RG said...

She's got my sympathy. I used to get cluster headaches, though I haven't had any for years thank God. At least I'm pretty sure that's what they were, I never went to a doctor for diagnosis/treatment but the symptoms fit.

Library-Gryffon said...

It's either that or a reaction to the Welbutrin. She hasn't taken any since Thursday morning, so I suspect not, sadly. We're in the process of getting her into neurology. Fortunately we have a decent one locally who sees pediatric patients so I don't have to deal with appointments in Hartford or New Haven.

It went away for most of a day, but she says it's back again, though the benedryl seems to help, if only by knocking her out so she's sleeping through it.

I'm not looking forward to next week if it doesn't clear up in the next day. I've got three doctor and PT appointments, and each of the girls already has at least one medical appointment. And I'm supposed to be back to work full time starting Monday.

I am sooo ready for a vacation.

I made sure to buy my lottery tickets for the week. (I know, it's the poor tax, but we have more chance of winning one than we do ofsaving enough to put the kids through college and retire before we die given the current economy.)

RG said...

I always used an icebag, she could try that and see if it helps any. At least until she can get some medication that helps. Didn't make it go away but it took the edge off enough to make it bearable. When I'd have a late night series I'd make one and put it by the bed so it'd be handy when the headache woke me up in the middle of the night.

Library-Gryffon said...

Thanks! I'll suggest this to her. Though whether she is willing to try it is a whole 'nother kettle of fish....