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Bit late in posting this as I didn’t expect the E. R. visit to last 4 1/2 hours. Earlier today, I thought I had the flu, a bad bottle of chocolate milk, or something else. I started this post an hour before heading to the Emergency Room (E. R.) and planned on posting it once I got out. I couldn’t keep anything down, including liquids. I didn’t think about it at the time, but there was a pharmacy a block away that sells anti-nausea Over The Counter (OTC) medicines. Around 8 P. M., I debated heading towards the E. R. I try to avoid going to the E. R. that late in the evening as it tends to be an exercise in frustration. At this point, I was more concerned about dehydration becoming an issue so I chose to head over an hour later.
It wasn’t too packed, with only half dozen people ahead of me. Took 30 minutes before I was called for an EKG to rule out heart issues. That was a smart move as some people who have nausea and vomiting are experiencing a heart attack.
Next, I was sent to an Examination Room where a nurse took my vitals. My blood pressure was high, had a low-grade fever, had to explain why I was there (the fourth of almost a dozen times). Eventually, they did a chest X-ray, blood work, urine sample, eventually met with the doctor around 10 P. M. for the first time, followed by IVs to rehydrate me, Cat Scan (around 2 A. M.). All the tests ruled out the flu, but there was a viral bug going around. Doctor offered to keep me overnight (bit past 3:30 A. M. by this point), but I declined. He did give me a prescription for Zofran to help with the nausea issue.
My flu thought was based on a friend having the flu who I had visited a couple of days earlier. Once the flu was out, my next likely candidate was a different friend who’s wife had the same symptoms as I experienced.