Just spent from 4pm Sunday getting my friend into the emergency room.
Between getting to her house, an hour and a half's drive and getting her willing to leave for the hospital, we didn't get to the emergency room til almost midnight.
They were great, though, and things were going pretty well, until 3 am, when she stopped breathing in the cat scan.
Completely unconscious, and a really upsetting color.
I thought she was dead.

But an er is a great place to do things like this.
They slammed her back upstairs and did a code on her starting in about 80 seconds flat.
I was waiting outside for all of this, and it was actually almost funny.
The room had two doors, and every doctor and most of the nurses in the place were in and out carting equipment.
And smack into the middle of things come a little old lady in a nightgown and slippers, asking where her doctor went.
There's probably something the matter with my brain that I can be sitting there in tears, and think that is odd at the same time.

The emergency room people were magnificent.
Very good with my friend, who is someone who could write the book on phobias about medical procedures.
Very gentle with me, and good at telling me what was going on.
(And at 5am the triage guy gave me his lunch.)

I'm finally home, noon Monday.
She's up in the ICU.
I stayed with her til they got her settled.
(I'd promised I would be, and I held her hand pretty much as often as they'd let me – though all the ivs were starting to make it difficult.)

What they think happened is this: she'd had to postpone a scheduled sinus operation on the 10th, because she'd had an extreme reaction to a pre-op drug (Cipro, blinding headache).
After that, she just kept getting sicker.
And I don't know why her doctors weren't more on top of things.
But the current diagnosis is meningitis, an infection of the brain spread from the original one in the sinus.
Not the nasty, vacination-available one, they think — that is, a meningitis, not the meningitis which would force me and the whole er staff to go get shots…

So today they keep her knocked out, and keep dripping lots of things into her.
Tomorrow her job is to breathe independently again.
And, because the lord of my particular universe appears to be a malignant joker, tomorrow after my colonoscopy, I'll try to head upstairs to see how she's doing.
Right now, I'm trying to reach her cat sitter again, and then I'm going to go crash.

Edit: Her never-speaking-to-each-other-again sister turned up, which I think may be good for them both.
I hope.
The doctors are operating to drain basically all her sinuses.
They just took her in, and expect it to be about two hours.

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15 responses to this post.

  1. Oh lordy! she is lucky to have a good friend like you and good doctors to take care of her at the ER. I hope she gets better quickly, much mojo to her, and to you too, and good luck with your, ugh, colonoscopy tomorrow. *big hugs*
    get some rest.


  2. wow. a lot on your plate. sending healing thoughts to the each of you and some applause to the medical staff as well.


  3. wow, you are a true friend. good luck with the next couple of days.funny, I was thinking about you yesterday as we went past Urban Ore and I told Mr. LT about the kitties and said that we ought to get together sometime since we're in south Berkeley one Sunday afternoon a month. Mr. LT suggested lunching at a certain cafe attached to a certain chocolatier. maybe next month? PM me.


  4. You are suc a GOOD fiend and GOOD person and ((((((((((((((((((hugs))))))))))))))))))))))))to you and (((((((((((GVs))))))))))) for your friend ………Wow. (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((morehugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))


  5. I will keep her and you in my prayers. You are a wonderful friend, and she is lucky to have you. Do you have anyone to go with you to the colonoscopy? I hope everything goes smoothly. Try to get some rest!(I now feel even more embarrassed about complaining about my stupid wisdom teeth. I´m truly sorry.)


  6. *hug* Wow, what a night/day! You are a great friend! ::crosses fingers for you::


  7. wow… I'm glad she had you there at least. *hugs* and good luck with your own medical drama tomorrow, that's one of the few medical tests I've not been through so far, I don't envy you! eeek!


  8. Do let us know how it all goes.


  9. Oh my gosh. I am so glad you pressured her into going to the hospital. You sound so exhausted. I hope all goes well with your procedure and that your friend recovers quickly.


  10. Oh wow – how traumatic.I am sure your friend will get better soon now that she has the right treatment happening. It will be good if she and her sister make up once all of this is over and something good comes from this experience.She is lucky to have you as a friend.All the best for you too with your procedure.


  11. oh my goodness…. I don't even know what to say. I hope she pulls through this, I hope this is the thing that makes sisters close again. I hope that I am the kind of friend you are.


  12. She is very fortunate to have you as a friend. Sending good thoughts your (and her) way.


  13. Oh man. I hope she is doing better. I totally relate to the strange things that our minds do in situations like this. I am constantly finding humor in the worst of situations. But, holy crap, it's the only way to get through the absolute worst without going freakin' batshit. You did great. I hope your friend is making progress and I hope your coloscopy went well.


  14. Wow! That's quite a story. I've heard of those weird things like a guy who has a toothache and doesn't get it checked and then he has a brain infection. Geeze.You're a great friend!


  15. OtherLaura has a lot of friends.People where she lives are getting the cats cared for.Her people she works with have been tag teaming at the hospitalI'm off to Redwood City where they are taking her to the neurosurgeons.May be a late night.


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