Friday, March 11, 2011

Hospitals are way cooler on Grey's Anatomy

On Wednesday night we had a bit of a scare. Kristian had a fairly severe allergic reaction and I ended up having to take him to the emergency room.

He noticed around 1pm on Wednesday that the upper left side of his lip was swelling. He took some Benedryl, took a nap and when he woke up the right side of his upper lip was also now swelling. He took some more Benedryl. When I got home from work at 6pm I was shocked to see his upper lip which had now swollen massively. His upper lip looked like he had put one of those old school red, candy lips in his mouth. It was honestly that size and he looked like a freakish cartoon character. **We took pictures but he said I am not allowed to post them on the Internet, he's a bit embarassed** I said we should go to the hospital but he wanted to wait since he didn't feel bad and had no other symptoms. He took another Benedryl and we decided to wait a couple hours and see what happened.

Right around 8pm I made the executive decision that we needed to go see a doctor. His lip was continuing to swell and he was now getting hives on his stomach. I was afraid of his tongue swelling or his throat closing up. We tried the Urgent Care but they were closed already so then I took him straight to the hospital. We expected that we would have to wait several hours like most people do when they go to the E.R. but we walked in and they took one look at him and sent us back to an exam room. They were afraid of him going into anaphylatic shock and not being able to breathe.

Once in the room, they started an I.V. took blood and started him on medication. At one point there were 6 people in the room working on him. You would have thought he had been shot. It was a bit scary at that point because they seemed to be taking this very seriously so we worried something was really wrong.

It turns out he had a bad reaction to the blood pressure medication he's on. He's actually been taking it since Oct. but apparently with this medication, the main sign of a reaction is a swollen upper lip and it can happen randomly even if you've been on the medication for years. They knew right away what happened as soon as he told him what medicines he was on.

We waited in the exam room for a couple hours, while they monitored him. Fortunately there was  t.v. so we could watch American Idol at least. Around 10pm they said they wanted to admit him overnight so they could keep an eye on him. He got moved to a private room and was all settled in by 11:30pm and I went home to sleep.

Yesterday I went to the hospital around 10am and his swelling had gone down quite a bit but was still apparent, they said they would probably release him around 4pm. I went home at noon to eat lunch and check work emails. I headed back to the hospital at 3:30 and he looked remarkably better. By this point he was getting very ansy to go home. He felt fine and was sick of just laying around. We had to wait for the doctor to come and see him one last time which didn't finally happen until 5:30pm and then wait for the nurse to bring his discharge papers which didn't happen until close to 6:30pm. I think our payback for getting through the E.R. so quickly was having it take extra long to get released.

We finally made it home around 7pm last night and were both exhausted. He's much better and his lip is almost totally back to normal. They prescribed him a steroid and a different blood pressure medication.

It was definitely a scary experience thinking that if we hadn't gone to the hospital his reaction could have worsened to the point of him not being able to breathe in the middle of the night. You can't mess around with stuff like that. The staff at the hospital did a great job and I'm very thankful he's okay.


Melissa said...

Its always so interesting to hear other people's thoughts on the hospital and ER. I'm so used to it I forget how scary it can be. And you're right-GA is soooo much better than the real life hospital. McDreamy and McSteamy, please!!!

Melissa said...

And...I'm so happy that Kristian is okay and feeling better. You did the right thing taking him. These things can get real bad, real fast.

Bicoastal Bride said...

Wow! How scary! I'm so glad he's OK and that you took him to the hospital. I had to be rushed to the ER once when I broke my rib, and it was definitely a scary place to be even for that reason. It's so scary to think that even if you've been taking medication for a long time, you could still suddenly have a reaction.

Teenage Bride said...

oh my goodness what a scare. I am so happy he is doing better. Good thinking going to the hospital, you never can be too safe

KLaw said...

Poor guy! I am so glad he's feeling better!

Annie said...

oh my!! that is scary! i'm glad your hubby is doing better and on the mend.
hope you two have a good weekend!

april said...

I'm glad he's ok! Just an FYI that the ER will always rush you through if it's an allergic reaction or if you have a newborn. I've been both. Scary that he had to be admitted, but I'm glad everything worked out. Not a good kind of excitement to happen during the week.

d.a.r. said...

So scary!!! I'm glad he is okay.

I have really severe allergies and this has been me more times than I can count. It is nice how they always rush you back though--they don't want you dying in the waiting room!

Sarah said...

That's so scary-glad everything turned out ok!!

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