In what can only be described as an amusing twist of fate, my great summer got off to a rather interesting start.
The evening I published that post, I got home from work at around 8:40, completely exhausted and starving. I made a quick sandwich for dinner, took a shower, and got in bed since I was scheduled to work 12 hours the following day.
I woke up at 5:30 the next morning, a half an hour before my alarm was supposed to go off. I hardly got any sleep, my mind still buzzing with thoughts and emotions from a difficult decision I made the night before, and a very queasy stomach.
Within minutes, I realized this was much more than a queasy stomach and proceeded to get sick every 15 minutes until about 3 pm that afternoon.
That was on Wednesday, and I haven’t been able to get out of bed since.
Obviously, I called in sick to work and after a few hours of trying to care for myself, realized I needed to call my family for some help. I called my dad, who I knew would be awake to see if he could have my mom or sister bring me some soup or 7-Up, since I also knew he had to work.
“I’ll be there as soon as I can, but I have to take your mom to the Emergency Room first.”
My mom has a herniated disk in her back that has been causing her tremendous pain, rendering her almost unable to walk. You have to understand that my mom is one of those people who never sits down and hardly has the patience to watch a movie. I knew she was struggling with this pain for the last week or so, but it seemed to have gotten much worse. It wasn’t that I wasn’t concerned about my mom, I was, but I also knew that in my state I desperately needed someone to come help me.
“What about Kristin? Can she come?” I asked.
“Kristin has a migraine.”
Kristin is my sister who also suffers from chronic migraines and has since she was in elementary school. Having seen how difficult they are on her, I knew there was no way she’d be able to come help me.
So my mom was in the hospital, my sister had a migraine, and my dad was torn between the three of us, trying to figure out what he could do for whom. Thankfully, my mom’s sister lives minutes away from them and once my mom was given some pain meds in the ER and sent for testing, my aunt was able to stay with her while my dad made the 45 minute drive to my apartment to take care of me.
I have to say, it was a total blessing to have my family so close. Had I still been living in Pennsylvania, I would’ve had to call an ambulance because getting off the couch required seemingly Herculean strength and only now, two days later, am I even feeling well enough to sit up in bed and type this. (Though I did manage to take a few showers just to not feel completely disgusting).
I found out today that a GI virus has been going around campus and all I can say is I’m thankful I’m not part of any graduation ceremonies and that this didn’t happen until after I was done with exams.
So my great summer didn’t get off to a great start. Today is the first day I’ve been able to keep some food in my system since Tuesday night and I’m still struggling to stay hydrated, but I’m feeling better than I was a few days ago. Hopefully I’ll be able to move around tomorrow without getting dizzy.
We’ll just say that my real summer starts next week, right? (When I have to go back to work…)
Hope you’re all healthy & well!