So… all of the handy dandy literature says to remove stress… HOW do you do that?
Yesterday I was peacefully (if a bit late because it was a bad day at work anyway) when the phone rang. It was a “things are broken all over the place” kind of day… and I’m on pager duty so all of the broken-ness feels like it ought to be mine… fortunately THAT stress is self imposed…
Who was on the phone? The security guy from the high school.
was it the one that LOOKS like he would have the security guy calling me but who has never really caused any trouble?
was the one who looks sweet and innocent but who ends up skipping geometry class?
It was the latter… BUT it wasn’t what I thought… he was telling me that she was being treated by the EMTs because she had a seizure in the parking lot… she was alert and awake and talking but she had lost consciousness.
Call everyone and let them know
Call boss man to let him know I wouldn’t be able to cover the pager until after we got her out of the ER or until we got her out of the hospital (whichever…)
Drive 35 miles while crying and not crashing and my fingerprints becoming a permanent part of the steering wheel.
4 hours at the hospital while they do a cat scan, take oodles of blood, urine sample… wait for results… watch and worry and watch and worry…
All the tests came back indicating there ‘probably’ wasn’t anything going on, was probably just a normal healthy person having a single seizure… lots of people have ONE… you get ONE get out of jail free card and after your second seizure they send you for more tests usually. Follow up with PCP…
I felt crappy by the time I got home.
This morning I felt like I got hit by a truck… which promptly backed onto me after it ran over me and parked… I don’t know HOW I would be doing today if it weren’t for prednisone. I ache everywhere.
Man… this kind of stress “usually” would knock me on my pins for a bit, but I ordinarily would have bounced back better than this. If this is what extra added stress does to me… I’m all for no stress… ALL my joints hurt today… man… and the prednisone is making me feel crabby and short tempered… all in all it has been a crappy day.
When they say remove stress from your life as much as you can… they aren’t kidding. And when stress becomes totally unavoidable… not fighting back for a few hours has to be an option…