So I am always trying to look for the positive in everything that comes my way! This was so true this past weekend as on Saturday morning I went to the ER with a high heart rate, ugh! I got to come home after being admitted in the hospital on Mon afternoon, A POSITIVE!
With Covid being on the rise again the hospital to which my cardiologist works at was full and there were no beds available, ugh! However, I do believe that everything happens for a reason and I got the most amazing care while there from the nurses, house doctors, and staff, A POSITIVE!
I also think that my family would have had a harder time getting to the hospital where my heart Doctor works at. We are all so much more familiar with the surroundings of the hospital I ended up going to. I have been a patient there before (in 2016). Major props go to the most amazing family who was always there for me day and night, A POSITIVE!
The next positive maybe a little TMI, but I was so impressed with this contraption that I want to share! So while in the ER I had to go “powder my nose” as some may say! Now having FA and not able to easily transfer at all has always been difficult for me as I know I will need help. My mind tells me that I do not want to be a burden on anyone else (which happens in almost every situation because of my progression with FA. I know I should not feel this way but I do. My mom used to get onto me all the time for thinking that. ) so I end up watching my liquid intake or just holding it. (I know I should not do that one either, but I am sure that we all do that to some extent.) I could not do that here. So the nurse gave me my options which were to use a bedside commode, a bedpan (Hello what is natural about that?), or a catheter (“NO WAY!” As Joey said on the TV show friends about using a catheter, “That nothing is going up, up is not an option!”). I knew these were going to be my options as I had done every one of them before. The bedside commode looks like the only option I would be willing to do. The nurse was really trying to get me to use this external catheter and she said that it stayed on the outside of your body, in between your legs. It has this tube and on the end of it are these sponge looking suction cups that when you empty your bladder it sucks it up into this tube, and empties into a big jug. The nurse had to show me several times how it works before I would give it a try. She said it keeps you dry. So they haven’t been using them for very long, and that women are responding very well to them. So what the heck I decided to give it a try! So she put it in place and covered me up and left the room so I could have some privacy. I was sitting up in the bed. My dad was in the room but on the phone, and I began to let it flow! We both looked at each other with wide eyes as it sounded like RAIN, ROFL!! I started laughing as that was so not unexpected! It was not just a drizzle but more like that TX summer monsoon!!! Technology these days is so wonderful, A POSITIVE!
So after 12 hours of being in the ER and unfortunately my heart rate had not gone down any, ugh, a room opened up on the cardiac floor. The 1st thing I asked was if they had one of those P things (I kept asking them for the name of it as I kept forgetting, LOL! It is called a Purewick female catheter.) Once I went upstairs they told me I could keep that catheter in for the day before needing to change it. They would just check to make sure it hadn’t moved out of position because that could be a big mess.
This was amazing news for me as I did not have to worry about watching my liquid intake or having to have help to transfer in the bathroom, A POSITIVE!!
I would giggle every time I would go and could hear the storm rolling in, LOL! My dad, bro, and sis could not believe how often I would fill up that big jug! When I got ready to jump that joint and had to leave that P thing there it was all dry! Amazing I tell you, just amazing! By Sun evening my heart rate began to go down and level out, A POSITIVE!
God was always with me through the good and bad times! Sometimes it is harder than others to trust in him, but I know that he works all things together for my good! Romans 8:28
Rolling on, Stephanie