How we spent our Monday night.

Yesterday, as some of you know, I spent the evening in the ER due to my massive migraine and we played guess which med will work on breaking the pain for several hours.  6 1/2 hours to be close to exact.  I have to say, it was an experience I don’t want to try again anytime soon.,  Firstly, my good vein looks abused, neither the vampire not the IV Nurse used coban, one used tape, the other used a band aid, if my platelets were ok, my arm would look a hell of a lot better, but as they aren’t it resembles something like bruised hamburger.  Secondly, they weren’t going to feed me, at all.  I was there from 5pm to 11:30pm, somewhere in there you’d figure I would get hungry.  Finally, after practically begging, the nurse brought me a ham sandwich, some pudding, some stale crackers, and some truly nasty graham crackers.  Not the dinner of the stars, but better than starving to death.

Well, we eventually found a med that worked.   After trying almost everything else.  Now I gotta admit that I am a more difficult than normal migraine patient.  They couldn’t just give me a steroid shot or the second round me cuz it damages platelets.  So I made them have to really think of other non-platelet effecting migraine relievers.  So we started with water, assuming that I, like millions of other americans was dehydrated.   Well, other American don’t have Dr. Alkhateeb checking their Creatnine level every week.  I drink 4 bottles of water a day.  My Creatnine is FINE.  But she had no quick way of knowing that, so Water IV.  If my migraine had been dehydration caused, that would have been a quick fix.

Then we went with Compazine.  Compazine has never done anything for me in general, so blah, it was administered during the last 10th of the bottle of water.  And it did nothing for me.  But the Benadryl they gave me with it made me sleepy.  But never will I intentionally allow myself to fall asleep  in an ER.

Then came the Magnesium.  They have to give the little bag real slow.  So flash forward a couple hours and Magnesium did nothing as well.

Now they were going down a list provided by neurology.  The next med on the list was Haldol, an anti-psychotic med which has some pretty wile off uses.  Anyhow, the headache was 90% gone before the bag was 50% empty.  So, now we have the question to pose Gabe (the pharmacist at Mayo) in our next visit.  Are Haldol pills as effective as the Haldol IV?  For some reason, I don’t think so.  Which will mean if I have another one of these headaches, its maybe get an appointment with a neurologist to get Haldol, cuz I don’t think I want to do the ER again.

They did, however, do a something right.  They ordered a CT of my brain to make sure I didn’t have a brain bleed.  Which I don’t.  My hemoglobin was at 10.6.  Platelets still holding at 40. Which means no blood this week, but quite possibly next week, definitely the week after.

Still haven’t heard from Mayo as to when my next DLI is.  I mean if it’s a problem with the insurance company, I can call.  Seriously it helps.

Looking forward to getting to play Dungeons and Dragons this week.  I couldn’t play in the Gang Friday Night Game, it went on without me.  So that is good.  But Jason had to cancel his Sunday Eberron game last Sunday was supposed to be Session 1, but my brain was exploding.  But next week should be all good.

I think I have decided to give up DMing at least for a while.  Maybe I am just meant to be a player in this stage of life.   The thought of having to come up with anything week to week just bothers me right now.  So I am not gonna do it.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 50 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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