Tuesday, May 8, 2007

'Twarn't Nuthin'

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.


  1. Get better.

    I'll pray for your health.

  2. Bas... [stern look] Obviously you need to drink more water! ;-)

    Hey, luv - would you have them check your blood sugar, too? Something is telling me that the dehydration thing might - MIGHT - be linked to diabetes, and you need to stomp that down in its tracks before it gets a hold of things.

    Yeah, it might be a neighborhood thing, but you never know... Oh, and thyroid levels-stuff might be something to keep an eye on, too...

    Anyway, glad to hear you're home. Please give my love to your Lady Wife, and tell her that if she needs someone to help keep you in line, I'm always willing to help out, LOLOLOL

    hughughughughughughug, dear brother...

    -- Kat

  3. [...] weapons and is run by a Politburo, can we finally call them commies? He also neglects Basil, who looks like he’s been in combat more recntly than his discharge papers would indicate.) Mickey Kaus [...]

  4. I can completely relate to the liquid diet not being considered food!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery [gave me a good reason not to keep lurking]
    Best wishes

  5. Glad to hear you are home, alright, and that it "twartnt nuthin".

    Get some rest.

  6. Yeah! basil's feeling better. Thanks for the update.

  7. Glad to read that you are feeling better and back at home. The stuff they are putting in IVs must be better these days. The last time I had an IV, my vein threw up. (I read that line in MAD magazine 40 years ago and it has taken me this long to finally use it.)

  8. The Mean Sister (who is 5'6")May 9, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    HeyBro, glad you are better and home now. Next time you come home, I'll show you how to open your grape juice :)

  9. That's okay Basil, I can't drink grape juice without spilling it all over myself when I'm well.

    Glad to hear that you're feeling better!

  10. I'm glad you're doing better basil. Hopefully you won't have a repeat of this for "ever".

  11. Good, glad you are out of the hospital and back on the way to recoverying.

  12. Chiming in late, but good to hear that you are doing well, Basil.


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