So, how was your night?
Me? Well I woke up at 3am because I had to pee. When I open my right rye, it got stuck. My eyelid was in the way.
I reached to feel my face and my entire right side and jaw to my left ear felt like there was concrete beneath the skin.
So I went to the bathroom and switched on the light. At first the brightness was blinding and I couldn't keep my eyes open. But when I did, this is what stared back at me from the mirror.
What the hell? Who came in and beat the shit out of my face?
So I got to thinking. Do I go to the hospital? Is there an urgent care center open? Should I wait until the morning to see a doctor.
My choices ran in my head for about a minute. There was no way I was going to be able to go back to sleep, so I let Barry out, put on some deodorant, brushed my teeth and got dressed. Then I googled the closest hospital. And off I went.
As I was driving there I wondered, do I call someone? Do I call Charles? He's only a mile from the hospital.
I went in and there were a few people waiting in the ER. I gave my info, and spoke to the triage nurse.
I told her all the medications I had taken that day. In addition to my normal meds, I was dosing up on pain meds to get rid of a headache and body aches I had had for the last two days. The last thing I took was Alka-Seltzer Cold tablets before I went to bed.
She handed me two Benedryl and I thought that these might be the most expensive Benedryl I have ever taken.
I sent out a quick text to a friend to let someone know where I was.
I waited back in the waiting room for about 30 minutes. I finally got called back by the doctor and he ran through the routine blood pressure, listening to lungs, but by this time the swelling had gone down enough where I looked human.
I was prescribed steroids and said was discharged.
As the nurse was gathering the rest of my insurance information I asked if I overreacted by coming into the ER. She said that allergies could spread quickly to the mouth and throat causing breathing problems, so I did the right thing by coming in. I think she was trying to make me feel better because I felt pretty stupid about the whole thing. Not that I was hoping for a full Scrubs episode, but I was in and out of the ER in less than an hour.
I'm glad I didn't call Charles. That would have been awkward.