So the doc called this afternoon with my lab results from Wednesday… and told me to high-tail it to the ER. Abdominal pain and a high white cell count — she’s thinking appendicitis. Great. Just Great. So… I went.
For future reference, let me just say that if you’re dehydrated and you have small, highly mobile veins, do not under any circumstance let the student nurse try to insert the IV. Trust me on this. After five tries and two and a half nurses, they finally got an IV inserted, enough blood to test, and a place to insert saline and pain meds.
And also for future reference, when the doc asks if you want something for pain, don’t ask for Tylenol. (Especially after he pokes you in the kidney and you nearly jump off the table.) He laughed and suggested something stronger.
The verdict: kidney infection. Joy. But it could be worse; it could have been the appendix.