Yesterday when I woke up my neck was SO stiff! (Teehee, I said stiff).
By the time I did a few things in the morning I was a little worried about possible cage fighting aka fall damage. I emailed my boss and it was decided to have it looked at. If I wouldn't have done it at work I would have waited a week or so, but with it happening at work I thought it best to follow up. I need my back/neck for my job and my dream career would basically end if I was seriously hurt.
I checked how many people were in the ER and decided to wait until it wasn't slammed. So I continued to work on getting my room together and I was picking something off the floor while I was making my new bed (yeah!!) and my back totally seized up. For the love! I decided to heat pack it and when my daughter came home at midnight the ER looked manageable and so she took me in.
Can I tell you how embarrassing this whole ordeal has been? It was cage fighting! (By cage fighting I mean fall) I was hoping to sneak in and sneak out.
Luckily one of my favorite techs was working the front desk. She also put a fall risk band on me. :(
She ushered me into my room and as I turned around, BOOM there was an attending standing there. Not just any attending, one I know and have worked with multiple times. Not so sneaky, but he was great and I can't tell you how much appreciation I have for people that I work with that care for me. I would hope that I would give my co-workers and friends the same attention and care. While I was telling him what happened I was a little taken aback by the undivided attention. What the heck? Hahaha
My nurse was awesome, the charge nurse, whom I just love working with, checked on my "drama 1". I was given a muscle relaxant, examined and xray'd. No serious damage and I was there for less then an hour. I was minimally embarrassed, and can only say awesome things about the U's ER. Yes, it's a little awkward, but if I was really hurt I would insist on going there. I say that knowing that traumas get a complimentary clothing removal.
So, I'm trying not too feel too bad. I've had to cancel 2 workouts at the Pilates studio and of course I can't run. I have to put the rest of the painting on hold but at least I have my bed to sleep in. Tomorrow I have a 90 minute deep tissue massage. I thought their deep tissue was just pushing harder but it's hot towels, bio-freeze and stuff. I am pretty sure that I'll be fine for work on Monday.
I was thinking about lots of things last night. What if I was really hurt and had to take weeks off of work. I would definitely need to be medicated to get me to rest for that long without going seriously crazy. Medicated as in a versed drip.
It also gave me a little perspective. Pain scale. In my head I couldn't come up with a number. Hahahaha. I was in pain but not narcotics pain and if I positioned myself right then it was comfortable. As I nurse we just need a number. It's subjective and gives us a starting point for treating it. As a patient it was more complex. (Just give me a damn number!!) Finally came up with a 7, positional. I will never have a pain scale of 10 unless I get pancreatitis or something. I've seen 10/10 pain and its not pretty.
I would be a horrible in-patient patient.
Thanks to all that took care of me! Today my daughter is going to drive me around to run errands. Don't be jealous!