Friday, May 25, 2012

And Just Like That, It's Cocktail Time

I woke up yesterday, after writhing with nausea until 2am, and was fine.

No need for albuterol or nebulizer.

So farking weird. I want to accuse myself of making it all up, but I was there! You would never know I had intractable asthma the entire day before--nothing I did worked. And to go from the narrow edge of an adrenal crisis to not,in what seemed like the blink of an eye, was just...bizarre. Did my body run a Hail Mary pass at the last minute or what?

Fatigue was okay, with some adrenal burning in my back. If I hadn't needed to drive, I would not have taken any steroids yesterday. Since I had places to go, I did 5mg to play it safe.

Got my vitamin IV and boy, did it stir the pot.

This was my first official Meyer's Cocktail. I don't know what the others are called. Anti-oxidant infusions? But they weren't Meyers from what I know.

Here's the list of what was in my Meyer's Cocktail:

-Vitamin C
-Magnesium Sulfate (with more added later.)
-Calcium Chloride
-Pyridoxine
-Dexpanthenol
-Vitamin B-12 (ah, no wonder I feel so frisky despite being tired from lack of sleep!)
-Vitamin B complex
-L-glutathione
-Glycchrric Acid (that looks misspelled to me, but it's what they wrote down.)

For a second time in three weeks (OMG I've been sick forever), the IV infusion went in and 'broke' the congestion in my lungs loose. I became acute very rapidly and my BP plunged. Hence the additional magnesium, which helped quite a bit.

At the start, the IV hit me like a Mack Truck and took me down. By the end, I was better. Again, better than the ER. Better than the nebulizer. Even if it was the initial trigger, although all that gunk would've caused problems sooner or later anyways.

So I'm tired and wiped and just blah.

Going backwards a bit...the ER visit last week. I filled out the survey for the ER. Not sure if I'll mail it in though. My only criticism is they really didn't pay close attention to my O2 levels and I really needed the doctor to ask me how I felt since it would've triggered me to say 'not better.' (I was too out of it to communicate well, something else that was missed. I think I was just perceived as quiet and no trouble vs. sick.)

In the end, it all worked out, I guess. They were so slammed and I looked better than I was, so I know it wasn't intentional. On the other hand, I feel like maybe it would help to say 'Hey, you discharged a patient whose O2 dropped to 90 after rolling over and sitting up. She left just as bad as when she came in.'

I don't know. I'm conflicted about it. It's also amazing how uneven ER response is to asthma.

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry if I missed it but do you have a blog email? I hope this isn't overstepping but I have a potential doctor recommendation. Let me know if you are interested. I've never commented but I have been following you for a while.
    -Ai

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