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My trip to the ER

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by 3ringnursing 3ringnursing, BSN (Member)

3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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I'm one of those people who would rather tough out just about anything at home, writhing in misery until it passes, then go to the ER. I once tried to ride out cholelithiasis - insisting it would pass ("Tis just a stomachache! I'll be fine.") before riding to the ER via EMS transport, hollering like I was having my leg sawed off 3 days later. You are reading page 4 of My trip to the ER. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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Oh, much worse - I ignored it until it went up my whole forearm. (I tend to not take very good care of myself.)

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Munch has 10 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg/Neuro/Oncology floor nursing..

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I take care of the stray kitties in my neighborhood too as I am a huge cat lover. Actually a stray kitten showed up about 2 months ago and was the cutest, tiniest thing(looked like it had some Maine coon in it with a huge fluffy, wide tail, Maine and fuzzy ears) I fostered it and just found it a forever home..I have 3 adult cats of my own and believe me my big boy was NOT having it at all. Since it was a kitten and just so cute I wasn't giving up until it had a home..luckily my persistence paid off. Anyway I digress about my love of cats..

I never got big by a stray I did however get bit by my own a number of years ago. My cat liked to play Houdini and escape out the front door any chance he got. So one day he slipped outside with a friend of mine that just left. So I go outside to grab him and for a split second it was like he was a feral cat. He must have smelled another cat in the area..something that made him feel threatened. He layed into my hand really hard. My goodness the pain was horrendous it felt like it went deep into the bone...it really felt like my hand was fractured that's how badly it hurt. I had two puncture marks on my hand. So I did some self care..I will use my medical knowledge on myself! No need to seek medical attention! Well I was completely wrong. Even after cleaning it with some betadine 2 days later my hand was double its size, red like a fire engine and I was unable to move my pointer finger. I was off that week from work as my sister had just got married in Chicago otherwise I probably would have had one of the docs at work look at it in passing.

So I had to trek to my local ED(I work in an innercity hospital but live in the suburbs so going to my job would have been a nice commute and since I wasn't getting paid to go I decided to stay local). They wound up admitting me for 4 days for IV abx that's how bad it was. I was on oral abx after being discharged. All that from a cat bite! Lesson learned..cat bites are no joke..had I gotten medical attention right away some oral abx and I could have avoided the whole admission. But nope just like the OP I did not want to clog up the ED with such a frivolous complaint(frivolous in my eyes).

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Great story! Had a really good laugh.

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Davey Do has 35 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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Ouch! I'm sorry.

Like this? (It came out so big, but I can't remove it)

Here's a kiss for your boo-boo, 3ring:

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3ringnursing has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ICU; Telephone Triage Nurse.

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Here's a kiss for your boo-boo, 3ring:

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You are just the sweetest Davey Do!

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The offender has been captured, neutered and spent the night in Chez kennel of comfort. He was medicated again, released - cranky, and is probably attempting to spray my perennials currently.

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