So I spent most of today in the ER.
If you recall, I’ve been on a course of Augmentin to treat The Sinus Infection That Would Not Die. Generally, if people have GI side effects from it, what they get is diarrhea. Given that I have ulcerative colitis, you’d think I’d be more prone to getting that particular side effect.
But you would be wrong. Instead of pooping more, I stopped pooping altogether. I went from six to eight bowel movements a day to no bowel movements for seven days (and counting). When it was just constipation, I thought I could wait it out for the rest of the 12-day course. Being constipated was actually a relief after a year and a half of excessive diarrhea. But then the pain started, and it got progressively worse. This morning, it got beyond what I could manage. The combination of not pooping and worsening pain also made me worry about a bowel obstruction.
So I called C early this morning, and she dropped me off at the ER. I was not very enthusiastic about going because my last several visits there were not helpful, but it’s the only hospital around. The pain was bad enough that I didn’t think I could wait.
Luckily, this time was a good experience. Good nurse, good doc, even a really sweet X-ray technician. The doctor ordered Zofran and morphine without even making me ask, and there were no lectures on how I shouldn’t use the ER for pain management. No one called me drug-seeking or implied that my problems were psychological. It baffles me that I can have such different experiences at the same ER a few months apart. It’s really hit or miss with this hospital.
Luckily, it turns out I don’t have a bowel obstruction. I’m just literally full of shit, which is not my usual problem. But I have magnesium citrate and Colace, and hopefully those will solve this problem.
But I guess I now have to list Augmentin as another drug allergy. (No, I know it’s not technically an allergy; the only medications I know I’m truly allergic to are NSAID’s. But I use the “drug allergies” list as a “don’t give me these meds or I’ll end up in the ER” list, so Augmentin apparently belongs there.)
I’m exhausted, so I’m going to try to sleep. And hopefully I’ll be able to poop soon. I don’t want to have to go back to the ER.