Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Perhaps the best way to describe my reason for visiting the hospital was "next to nothing." It wasn't exactly nothing. But it wasn't all that bad, as it turned out. Best as could be determined, I was dehydrated from loss of fluids. And the loss of fluids was either because of food poisoning (less likely) or a virus (most likely). Since there's no evidence of a run (so to speak) of sick folks who ate at Wendy's on Sunday ... and since every house in the neighborhood (relatives anyway) had one or more person with similar symptoms ... it looks like something going around here. Perhaps one of the grandchildren and I shared a drink. Having suffered dehydration in Korea (lack of proper fluid intake) and in Kuwait (food poisoning), I know how unpleasant it can be. And, since I was continuing to be unable to keep fluids in me ... and since I was home alone with all the neighbors either sick or gone ... I called the Wife to take me to the hospital. Like I mentioned earlier, they were set to release me from the ER last night, but when I continued to not keep anything in me, they admitted me overnight. And overnight lasted until late afternoon. A continuous flow of fluids into my body via IV ... and I was good to go. They finally decided I could eat. If you call chicken broth "eating." The Jell-O (orange) was okay, though. As was the sweet tea. And the grape juice. However, I still can't open a container of grape juice without spilling it all over myself. And, after I kept it all down, and they were happy with my blood pressure (back up to normal range; top number was less than 100 the night before) and my blood sugar (back to just over 100 from 145 the night before), they let me go. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to wish me good wishes.