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Blogging From The Hospital

written by John Chow on December 2, 2008

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Last night, after the Tazzu networking meet up, I got a stomach ache. I thought maybe I had a bad pork chop but my tummy had acted up three times in the past week. The pain got greater as I drove home.

I took a couple of Tums but that didn’t seem to help. It anything it made the pain in my tummy even worst. Unable to sleep, and with pain getting greater, I decided it was best to check into the emergency at the Richmond Hospital to see if they can give me anything for it.

One interesting thing about checking into emergency – you get to repeat yourself a lot. You have to tell your problem to the first nurse who sees you. Then you tell it again to the nurse who admits you. Then tell it one more time to the doctor on staff. I’m sure there’s a better way of doing this.

They took some blood out of me, took a urine sample and hooked me up to an IV with a morphine drip, which made the stomach pain go away. After the doctor reviewed the results from the blood and urine, he said there might be something wrong with my liver. He wanted to keep me in the hospital overnight so we can run an ultrasound in the morning.

The next morning, which is today, the morning doctor talked to me and gave me an update. He said my liver was “not happy” and they need to do an ultrasound to find out what’s going on. After the ultrasound, I got transferred to the MAU unit. I’m waiting for the doctor to come and give me the results of the ultrasound.

In the mean time, I’m not allowed to eat or drink anything. I’m getting quite hungry right now. It’s 2PM and I’ve already missed breakfast and lunch. The nurse has no idea how much longer I’ll be waiting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go home today because it’s really boring here. Good thing Sarah brought over my Mac Air so I can do my first, and hopefully last, hospital blog post.

I’ll update this post once the doctor gets here. Hopefully, I am OK.

*Update – It looks like I have gallblabber stones. The doctor is going to keep me here another night and run more tests in the morning to see if I should go into surgery to have the stones remove. No food at all today or tonight.

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