Skip to main content

Adrenal Crisis

I woke up Saturday morning not feeling well.  I had been shaky all night, but didn't know why.  I woke my mom up and asked her to take me to the ER after vomiting.  Instead of driving 45 minutes to Mass General, I decided to have her take me to a closer hospital that I usually go to for things like kidney stones, that are easy to deal with and not life threatening.  I also had my appendix out here 3 months ago.

I had a fever of 102+, and they immediately started giving me fluids, steroids, and zofran for nausea.  My blood pressure has been below 90/50 the entire time I have been here except after eating for the first time last night.

Of course, as things usually go when I end up in an ER, I was admitted.  First, I had a roommate that didn't stop coughing, but when she did, she would feel the need to fill in the silence with talking, and not just your basic roommate small talk, but how she was hallucinating.  My mom asked for a different room and now, I have a big room to myself. I guess I was the 3rd person that day to ask to get out of that room.

So, the plan today is to monitor my heart and BP, decrease my IV fluids to see if it helps with the swelling, and maybe more steroids if I need them.  Just another day in the hospital.  So much for only being admitted once this year, clearly I spoke too soon!


Comments

amazon audible

Popular posts from this blog

Cushing's Awareness Challenge - Day 9

The only potentially permanent treatment for Cushing's is surgery.  Whether you have a pituitary tumor, adrenal tumor, or ectopic source of ACTH, most often, you will eventually need surgery.

For me, the first step was a pituitary surgery to try to remove the tumor in my pituitary gland. They went through my nose to access the pituitary gland, which means you have no visible scars after.
I was very nervous heading into the surgery, but didn't have much time to dwell on it, as my surgery was scheduled about a week after my IPSS.  I talked to a lot of people before, about their experiences, and heard vastly different stories from each person.
The only thing I remember from before my surgery was being rolled down what looked like a basement hallway (all concrete), while passing maybe 30 operating rooms.  I saw patients in the hallways on stretchers waiting for surgery, I saw into the small windows in the doors to operating rooms, it was a very scary experience.  Obviously, not ev…

Cushing's Awareness Challenge - Day 4

I have often said, I wish I had cancer instead.  Most people would not understand this sentiment, why in the world would you wish for such a horrible disease?  
It is another common thread tying people with chronic illness together. If my disease was cancer, everyone would know what it was.  I wouldn't be questioned by my boss when I called in sick.  My friends and family would be more supportive.  My doctors wouldn't question my symptoms.
Maybe my life would be easier.
But, maybe this would not be true.  I am not looking to find out.  Chronic illness is lonely.  It seems, from the outside, that cancer is not.  Most people know someone with cancer.  Most people know what cancer involves.  Endless appointments, surgeries, maybe even chemotherapy or radiation.  Cancer is life threatening. Did you know that a lot of chronic illnesses involve all of the same things?  
With Cushing's, a lot of people have multiple surgeries.  I have had 3 directly related to Cushing's, and…

Cushing's Awareness Challenge - Day 12

Today's post is a little bit out of my comfort zone. We're going to talk about weight.
One of the most common symptoms of Cushing's is weight gain.  Some people only gain 30 pounds, some gain hundreds.  I always have a hard time quantifying the exact amount I gained because I was a teenager, or even a young child when I first had Cushing's symptoms.  My best guess is about 150 pounds, only because that is close to what I've lost after treatment.  
When you weigh almost 300 pounds, people treat you differently.  I know this, because I've also seen how people treat me now.  
I was obese, due to Cushing's, throughout college. In my opinion, this is one of the most difficult times to be heavy. My first year of college, I was often left out of plans.  My two roommates were very close, and I always felt like the third wheel.  One of them even left a letter she had written to a friend out for me to see.  It was one of the cruelest things I had ever read.  She was wis…