How to NOT Save Money at the Hospital..or why I did not eat for 16 hours

Posted on Dec 1, 2007 in Daily life | 4 comments

I had a really bad Thanksgiving week. I spent most of the week lying on my back in the hospital and the rest of the week lying on my back at home.

It all began on Sunday, November 18 when I started to feel dizzy. I called a friend and asked her to come over because I was not feeling well. I unlocked the front door and then went to the bathroom.

As soon as I got into the bathroom I started to throw up….and then I passed out on the floor. My friend found me lying next to the vomit on the floor..out cold.

I revived when she started talking to me and then I told her I did not feel good. Sounds great so far right? Well it only gets better.

Fast forward to Monday, when I told my boss I would be back in around 12 because I had to go to the doctor. I thought it would be a simple in and out situation….but I was WRONG.

I had to be admitted to the hospital, where I remained for the next three days. It turned out that I had a really bad condition and I was deteriorating quickly. It was so bad that the doctor decided I needed to have surgery immediately because I was in such a dangerous situation.

In order to have the surgery I was not allowed to eat or drink for 16 hours. Wow! That was certainly VERY hard for me and I was almost crying by the time I was called to go to my surgery.

The surgery went well and I was taken back up to my room to recover. I was finally allowed to eat and boy did I dig in! I was sooooooooooooo hungry that I even ended up eating something I do not normally eat….but that is another story.

While I am happy to be alive (the doctor said I could have died) I am not looking forward to the next couple of weeks when I will be getting the bill from the hospital.


  1. Scary stuff… glad your better!

  2. Glad you’re better. I hope the bill isn’t too bad. Thanksgiving 2006 was problematic for me. Thanksgiving night, I was throwing up and, well, the runs for 24 hours. Luckily we were staying at my aunt’s (peaceful and private) rather than my parents’ (crazy).

  3. Very scary. You are fortunate and I am so glad that you are feeling better. Take Care!!

  4. Thank you all for all the comments and good wishes. I am doing better now…I just can’t do any backflips.

    Wait…..I never could do backflips!

    I am doing better now…..most of the really bad effects have stopped. I am just dealing with constant headaches now.


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