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Oct. 29th, 2013

Today was an icky day, culminating in calling EMTs to the house and a trip to some hospital. I'm sure I was told which at some point but I can't remember. Going in with the EMTs makes all the difference, as I wasn't stuck in admitting hell. They pushed fluids, ran bloodwork + urine, and I was examined by a Dr. Gupta (no not that one). Looks like gastroenteritis. Highly unpleasant, but also not dangerous longterm as long as I stay hydrated.

If I was at all interested in writing fic inspired by RL rather than fanfic, I would have a dozen vignettes. The homeless, obviously mentally ill man who made vaguely sexual overtures to me. The old woman swaddled in blankets who I thought was dead until I saw her breathing shallowly. The paramedic who assured me it was okay that I called 911 to be seen, the cabbie who had to tell me what hospital I was at (which I forgot) and direct me to the main road, the store clerk who saw me wander in at 11 PM in some very floral pyjama bottoms and velcro trainers that didn't quite meet the bottoms, and so on. Not to mention my own thoughts through it all - why I lied to the EMTs about not being stessed out, how nice it was to have someone take care of me, etc. It has me missing my afternoons spent in pubs and biergartens as I peoplewatched.

I think I'm going to treat myself to "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" which Linda pointed me to and then try to get some sleep. Probably won't work as I've been napping all day and kept drifting in and out of sleep at the hospital. The important thing is I feel a good deal better than I did earlier.

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lindahoyland
Oct. 30th, 2013 07:50 am (UTC)
Stomach bugs are just horrible. Try and get plenty to to drink and rest. Hope you enjoy my favourite Sherlock(Raksha loves it too)I never tire of reruns of the series. Sending lots of get well wishes your way.
marta_bee
Oct. 30th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I watched the first two episodes last night, though I was sort of floating between sleep and awake. Even with that, it was lovely! It definitely has a very different feel than the Sherlock series, but it's quite clever and amusing. It's fun losing myself in all the new material.
lindahoyland
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased that you are enjoying it. The Holmes and Watson friendship is beautifully done I think.(One reason I love these stories)They made loads of episodes so hope you have some happy hours of viewing ahead.
hhimring
Oct. 30th, 2013 09:11 am (UTC)
Take care, stay hydrated and get well soon!
marta_bee
Oct. 30th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm doing my best on all three points. Thanks for the good wishes.
fallingtowers
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you got the help you needed. Feel better soon!
marta_bee
Oct. 30th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I feel much better today than yesterday, though still a bit loopy and zonkified.
frenchpony
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yikes! Yes, you did just the right thing calling 911 -- that's what it's for, and it's your tax dollars paying for it, so you might as well take advantage of it. I'm glad it's nothing more serious than gastroenteritis. That's unpleasant and icky, but it comes and goes pretty quickly.

If you're concerned about hydration, you could always try some Gatorade. If it tastes good enough to drink, you're still dehydrated. The moment you're hydrated enough, you'll realize just how awful the Gatorade actually is. Works like a charm. Also, if you really want to get some sleep, skip the Sherlock Holmes and go straight to this charming tome. It'll have you out like a light in less than a minute.
marta_bee
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
I grew up in one of those families that emphasized... well, not moochers and takers rhetoric, but there was this idea that the emergency room and 911 was for genuine emergencies, and that it was only people who didn't have regular doctors who used it for normal stuff like the flu. So I felt a bit guilty about calling 911. On the other hand, I'm honestly not sure I could have made it to the doctor on my own. And yeah, you're right about it being just as much mine as anyone's. I think I'm just a worrier in that way.

Just looking at the authors on that book is enough to cure insomnia. I'm sure it's got good material inside, but it would be a struggle to stay alert through some of those writers' styles.
shirebound
Oct. 30th, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you're back home and feeling better.
marta_bee
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Shirebound. I had severe stomach flu-ish symptoms which is unpleasant at the time, but if you can't keep anything down more than a cup of water or two, apparently it can get serious rather quickly.
dreamflower02
Oct. 30th, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you're feeling better and that you know what was wrong, and that it was too dreadfully serious.

((((hugs)))))

Drink lots of fluids and rest up. You may find yourself sleepier than you think.
marta_bee
Oct. 30th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Doing my best there - a day sick in bed watching silly YouTube videos seems like the ticket.
vulgarweed
Oct. 30th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
You definitely did the right thing, and I'm really glad you're on the mend.
azalaisdep
Oct. 31st, 2013 10:55 am (UTC)
When you haven't got family or room-mates living with you who can make sure you're able to stay hydrated and look after you, it's important to get professional help. I'm glad you could, and did. Lots of rest and stay on the fluids (over here people often recommend flat Coke in similar situations, which I imagine is much the same, for much the same reasons), and I hope you soon feel a lot better - don't go back to work until you do!
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