Monday, August 13, 2007

Damn the luck.

No more repeats. Why? The Vacation has died a horrible and painful death.

My back which has hurt a bit off and on of late gave up fighting. I bent to put on my socks and my back locked up tighter than rusty set of vice grips. For three hours I laid still hoping it would get better. But nope. Eventually I crawled, yes crawled since that was the best I could do out to the car and my wife hauled me to the Emergency room. Here is what transpired there.

By the time we got there I was hurting so bad and sweating like a mass murdered on judgement day. An ER nurse brought out a wheelchair and a after a good bit of inching along I finally slumped into the seat. They while the same nurse tried to take my vitals, but my blood pressure had dropped so low they never were able to get it and finally they loaded me on a gurney and parked me out in the hall for three hours.

Every time my turn came up someone with a more urgent need bumped me down. A man who fought with a circular saw and lost, car wreck victims, pregnant women, people with chest pains. I'm not begrudging these people their pains nor would I want to trade with them but I did try to convince my wife to stab me with a pencil so we could maybe get a room.

Three hours in the hall. Another hour in the room before the doc showed. Another hour before they took me down to XRay. Another hour for nurse to come in and give me two shots in the ass. Another hour for nurse to come back and say he was going to release me but I should follow up with regular doctor.

All in all seven and a half hours and my back is still killing me, but I can stand straight and inc forward like a ninety year old man. Will post again when I can but this computer chair ain't the most comfortable. And I'll even try to think of something witty to say instead of a boring summary of my aches.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

OUCH Travis! What a horrible way to spend vacation!

Jenny said...

now I am not anonymous!

Angie said...

Oh, oww! :( I came home from my writing retreat limping pretty badly, with a bad knee when I've never had knee problems before, but a vacation-killing back definitely contains more suckage.

Take it easy and I hope you feel better soon.

Angie

jjdebenedictis said...

*pets you gently*

WordVixen said...

Sorry to hear about your back. But not sorry to hear about you're back. :) (sorry, had to do that).

Seriously- I hope your back gets better and you're able to enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Bubblewench said...

That is not good. I really hope you get better quickly. Hope they at least gave you some pain meds!!

AaroN said...

Hang in there T.

Lord knows I've seen my fair share of backer-crackers in the past few years. :/

alex keto said...

Sorry to hear about your back, and hope it gets better.
Any idea what's wrong?

alternatefish said...

now see, this isn't what I meant when I said I didn't want any more reruns. good grief. stop injuring yourself.

good job making your pain funny though. at least, I laughed. maybe I'm just a bad person.

Christen said...

AWWW! poor Travis. Feel better!!! Sorry you had to cut your vacation like that. Ick. But at least you got in some leisure time! get well soon! :)

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Poor Travis,

Terrible! Just terrible! That's no way to spend a vacation.

Here's hoping you feel better soon.

Terrie

Monnik said...

oh, man. I HATE back pain, and that sounds just terrible.

I hope you're moving around soon...

NotsoStoneCold said...

Where was that nurse that helped you out of my car when you broke your leg? Could be a conspiracy. She might have ties to the Belarus WWE. I know you are on several hit lists....

Travis Erwin said...

Thanks to all of you for the well-wishes. I think a bad back is the curse that comes with being tall. Of course packing around a bit of extra girth doesn't help either.

And for my friend Steve AKA not so stone cold --You're killing me.

Bluefingers said...

You know...I can relay a few good tips on how to get first priority in the ER....Not only from a nurses standpoint, but from a patient's view as well.

A) Go unconscious in front of all your friends and stop breathing..

B) Complain of chest pain.

Yes, I know your chest wasn't hurting, but hell, you could have faked it to get better attention and probably IV pain meds as opposed to intra muscular meds..aka pain in the ass meds.

next time you are in that sticky situation call me.

Yours,

me

WordVixen said...

Doh- Travis, I just read the title of this post as "Lame the Duck".

The Duck said...

wordvixen - Hey! I resemble that remark! That one stung a little...

And Travis, that just sounds pretty terrible. Sorry to hear about the ER trip especially. That is just no fun whatsoever. Hope you're feeling better by now. I've got to catch up with the rest of your posts since I was gone a week.