But at least I'm getting over the prednisone they gave me to counter act the t the allergic reaction I had to one of the medicines they gave me during my first hospital stay (which, as it turns out) was a kidney infection I got from undiagnosed kidney stones.
The stones pushed what should have been a simple urinary tract infection up into my kidneys. By the time they figured out what was causing the fever and white-knuckled pain I'd already been on 6 courses of antibiotics, so they were unable to get a diagnosable culture of the bacteria so I was sent home to sink or swim on my own.
For good measure (and I'm sure the best of intentions) they gave me a pneumonia vaccine which was what brought me back for the 2nd stint in the ER & Hospital... The doctor was at a loss for what was going on, until the 3rd day flat on my back, I ventured a guess that I was having an allergic reaction to the combination of the vaccine combined with all the antibiotics!
The doctor freaked out and gave me a massive dose of prednisone to counteract the reaction, and that's what caused the INTENSE DIZZINESS that I've been battling back from all this time* I react very badly to prednisone. I've been on benadryl ever since to counter act it... during which time I couldn't walk, or drive, or cook ...or communicate with a doctor until a few days ago, when my fever started spiking again. Apparently the kidney infection hadn't resolved after all.
They couldn't figure out what they could give me to fight the infection because I'd already been given so many antibiotics that they couldn't get a bacteria from my urine to grow in the laboratory. so they figured the infection was to all intent and purposes must be gone.
Believe it or not, it soon became secondary when I had the life-threatening reaction to the pneumonia vaccine, then to the prednisone they gave me to save my life, which has had me pretty much flat on my back ever since...
I think they'd rather not have me around as a reminder that they'd given me the vaccine for no real reason, or that they didn't know how to treat me when I returned the next day via ambulance, or that I had the secondary reaction that embarrassed them as well.
Ah! hadn't mentioned that the vaccine made my temp. spike so high all the skin blistered in my nose and mouth that they had to put me on morphine drip LOL Yes.. that was the condition I was in when I was discharged the second time. ;grin:
I was given a fist full of scripts, and told to follow up with 2 doctors who refused to treat me because they didn't take my insurance.
For the record, I had to be taken into a pharmacy in a transport chair to fill my own prescriptions, and while there happened upon a product called "KANKA" that plastic-coated the inside of my mouth until the skin started growing back so I could eat.
Life is good!
The reoccurrence of the kidney infection was pretty much a surprise to everyone.
Well.. I felt it coming on, you know when you're running a fever, but couldn't even afford to buy a thermometer to verify the fever to replace the one I lost in the move.
Funny how the loss of such mundane stuff has such an impact. I sorely miss so many things mostly books and crafts stuff, even the silly painting I made for Ted.
2 doctors who refused to treat me because they didn't take my insurance.
Hmmm... so much for ObamaCare.
I don't know what to say. You have been through hell & back. If I were in your shoes, I would be seeking 2nd & 3rd opinions and going to a different hospital.
I had a stress test this am. That treadmill nearly killed me. The cardiologist told me in my age projectile, my heart rate is suppose to be in the 153% range when the treadmill is at top speed. I was like WTF???? I am not running a damn marathon. Needless to say, I don't think my heart made it to where they wanted it because I jumped off the treadmill before the test concluded. Called the dr that ordered the stress test & told her it will be a cold day in hell before I go to another stress test.
To be fair, Hilary's HMO is a good system... ...too bad the participating doctors aren't what one would hope for... face it... the best doctors are already making TOP Dollar without the constraints of treating the poor and destitute.
It was the panic move that left me without health care until things spun out-of-control.
HilaryCare just got me a New Primary Care Physician, and a follow up visit with a urologist and even the medical transport to get me to & fro from the visit. (Not to mention coverage for the 2 visits to the ER and a week & a half hospital stay +meds)
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