I Was In The Hospital For 3 Days

I was in the hospital for 3 days. Went in on the 3rd came out on the 5th. On the 3rd I woke up shaking and feeling weak. It got worse over the day and by 2 pm it was very bad. I called 9-1-1 and took an ambulance to the hospital. I was in very bad shape at the time and they did blood tests and found I was dangerously low in Magnesium, to the point it could have killed me.

At around 12:30 at night I was placed in a room and there was no way I would get my legs on the bed without help. I did not sleep at all that night. I was worried this was not going to get better and what the meant for my living on my own. As well, every sound from the hall made me more awake and there where sounds every few minutes.

In the morning I needed help to get to the bathroom, but by noon I was walking rather normally and could get in and out of bed by myself. The first trip to the bathroom I needed help standing up. The had me walking in the hall and I was feeling way less shaky.

The third day they checked me over and decided I no longer needed to be there but it was around 4 pm by the time I was allowed to go home. I had trouble getting into the SUV. Lifting my left leg is difficult for me now and may never be easy. I have to kind of throw it into the car. But I can get into bed easy. However it's hard for me to get up off the toilet. I need to brace against the seat with my left hand and push myself up and then grab the tub and and pull with my right hand.

I hope in time with walking a lot more and doing some half squats, I can get my strength back up and be able to get up better from the toilet.

On a side note, the food was actually quite good at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital here in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. I enjoyed all the meals, but was sad I could not have Bison when everyone else had it. Instead I had a chicken breast, because I can't eat red meat without getting a bad headache. The next day everyone else had roast beef and I had an egg salad sandwich that I seriously enjoyed. It's been years since I last had one.

The diagnosis is "we don't know". There had no idea why my legs got so very weak. The only think I found strange is that they did not do a CT scan on my spine, even people on Facebook thought that should have been done, and I have to agree.

This morning was a bad day for the shaking but now at 9:50 pm it's not that bad, but still getting a bit in my way of doing things. I have to do laundry soon and I don't know how that is going to go. I will find it hard to get out of the chair in the laundry room. I am going to have to sit beside the table and use it to get up. The arthritis in my knee is bad lately as well and hurts a lot. Walking actually helps that though.

In any event I need to make an appointment with my doctor on Monday and call in refills for my meds that I will pick up on Thursday. I have to give them my new doctors name and have them fax in for the one med as there are no refills on it. I need that one to keep blood clots from forming in my legs.

I am grateful for all the effort put in by the nurses and aids and the doctors that treated me. They not only did about everything possible, they did it with a smile. The checked my body out as well and found a skin infection on a fat fold. I'm treating it with a cream they gave me to put on 3 times a day for 14 days. With luck that will get rid of it. I've had it over a year I think, as it stings there when I get hot and start to sweat.

I will continue to walk every night in the hall, and do the half squats in the kitchen using the counter for balance. They are giving me something for the shower and the toilet. I have no idea how it's going to fit in my tiny bathroom, and I still have room to get to the toilet to be honest, but we will see when they come.
 

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