After I saw Dr. Looove for my stomach crud, I followed all of her instructions to make myself better. But after a weekend of more vomiting and other stomach unpleasantness, I started emailing Dr. Looove in the middle of the night for more help. They were all pathetic whiny pleas:
Hi Dr. Looove,
As you can see, it’s 3:41 am and I just threw up for the fifth time since…I don’t know when. I’ve been throwing up a lot. Do you have more suggestions for things I can try?
Then my final email:
Hey Doc L,
Middle of the night again. This stomach stuff is getting bananas. Which is ironic, because I can’t even keep bananas down, and they are the B in the BRAT diet you put me on. My whole body hurts, especially my stomach. Soon I’ll weigh less than Annabel…not because I’m losing weight, (because I haven’t!) but because I fear I will have this stomach ailment until Annabel is full-grown. I’m also kind of delirious.
Please help me. ~Heath
Yeah, Dr. Looove and I are totally nicknamey when I am dehydrated and feverish.
After the last email, Dr. Looove’s assistant called me (at a decent hour) to let me know I was scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound later that afternoon. She also told me not to eat or drink anything until after my appointment. I thought that was funny since I hadn’t kept any food or drink down for almost 20 hours at that point.
Mike brought me to the Women’s Imaging Center and I immediately felt like I’d walked into a really effed-up spa. There was zen music playing, bubbling fountains everywhere, and women walking around with their asses hanging out of their hospital gowns. I was handed a gown and instructed to take everything off from the waist-up. Pants on appointment! Woo!
I then went into a ultrasound cubby, where my ultrasound tech said, “today I will be looking at your lungs, kidneys, gallbladder, spleen and liver. All the important innards.” I was about to say, “um…I think my heart is pretty important,” but then she jammed that ultrasound wand right into the most painful spot on stomach and I had to start doing my pretend Lamaze breathing.
I seriously have no idea what is on the screen:
Conclusion – Ultrasounds are lame when you aren’t looking at a baby.
As we left, the tech told us, “your doctor will get the results in two business days.” It was a Thursday at 4:30. “I sure hope I don’t have to wait until Monday to find out if my gallbladder is going to explode,” I said. “Don’t worry,” Mike replied, “If it’s your gallbladder, it will totally explode before Monday.”
Dr. Looove called on Saturday to tell me that (luckily) my gallbladder wasn’t going to explode. Everything had checked out, I definitely had gastritis, and I possibly had a bacterial infection.
“Possibly? How can we know for sure? That sounds gross.”
“Well…you have to come in and give a stool sample.” Dr. Looove explained.
Upon telling my parents the news, my dad then proceeded to explain to me in detail exactly how one gives a stool sample. I CAN’T UNHEAR IT YOU GUYS! I CAN’T UNHEAR IT.
Over the last few days, my stomach has been gradually getting better. I’m still exhausted but that could also be because Annabel decided to give up napping. Perfect timing, kid!
I went through something similar this time last year. A full week of not being able to keep anything down, and on the off chance I did? I had the you-know-whats every 5 minutes for an hour. SERIOUSLY. The stomach cramping was worse than labor with my twins. I was so delirious at one point, I was seeing things and singing to myself. It was terrible. I went into the hospital but everything looked fine, so they sent me home (hopped up on morphine) asking for a stool sample. I decided to wait 2-3 more days and it began going away.. it was actually about 10 days now that I think about it. Most likely a bacterial infection. I lost over 20 lbs and it took me nearly a month to be able to eat a regular meal, as my stomach had shrunk so much, it couldn’t hold much more than a toddler sized meal every 4 hours.
So, I feel ya.. and I am soooooo sorry.
I had to give a stool sample for a similar issue as yours. My husband took it to the lab in a paperbag. It’s true love when your husband carries your poop some place for you. One of the most romantic moments of our marriage.
Glad you are feeling better.
oh dear! feel better. love the hospital gown shot btw – sexy : )
Gah! If I throw up more than once I’m convinced I’m dying! And you’ve been barfing for DAYS! I will go to extreme lengths to stop myself from puking. It’s the worst. But why am I telling you this? Like you don’t already know it? As for the stool sample – do like we do for the dogs heart worm check. Go poop in the yard and make Mike scoop it up with a baggie. That seems pretty simple!
Mike’s advice about your gallbladder and your dad’s conversation topic had me laughing. Aren’t they so helpful? (but, seriously, I love them. I can only hope my future husband is as caring and loving as they are.)
Secondly, I hope you feel better soon!!
So sorry you are such a sickie! I have Crohn’s Disease so I literally feel your pain. I hope you are all better soon!!!
I’ve experienced both a non-pregnancy-related ultrasound and giving a stool sample. Neither was fun, and I was nowhere near as sick as you. This is so uncool… I hope you are feeling better really soon!
OHH Poor Girlie!!! You’ve been through soo much!!! Look at that skinny little belly laying there!!! I love your shoes too – their cool! I hope you feel 100% better by….Glee tonight!!!
Think of you often, adore you ALWAYS, befriend you forever!!
I’ve been troubled by “stomach problems” (as I call them) for most of my life. Probably “just” IBS, but I’ve been tested for a number of other things as well. They once asked me to give a stool sample which I was mortified by. BUT, I went home and did what I was supposed to do. OMG, so gross! They gave me explicit instructions to put it in the freezer afterward to, I don’t know, keep it fresh? Anyway, I did that and then took it to the lab. When I got there, the tech told me I WASN’T supposed to put it in the freezer and now they couldn’t test it. She said I would have to redo the whole thing. To which I said (in my head), F that! No way I’m doing that again unless things get much worse.
Good luck to you my friend! And learn from my mistake: double check the instructions with your doctor and follow them closely! (not saying freeze or don’t freeze b/c I don’t know what your doc told you)
I can’t believe you’ve been dealing with this for so long. There has to be some law against moms being this puky sick for this long. You poor thing. I’m glad to hear everything checked out with the ultrasoun and that you are finally starting to feel a bit better. Fingers crossed you are completely rid of this thing soon.
Rumour Miller says:
Oh Heather, you make me laugh (“I can’t unhear it). I hope you get to the bottom of things and feel better soon. It sucks when things like this drag on with no answers.
I totally agree u/s with no baby=no fun! Hope you’re better soon!!
Yeah, I know all about how ultrasounds suck when you’re not looking at a baby. My son was just a few weeks (maybe days?) old when he had to have an ultrasound of his neck. They were throwing words around that were pretty scary…..’cancer’. It was …..scary. It wasn’t the “Big C” but it was something that needed more imaging and then exploratory surgery.
Hope you’re way better very soon.
Heather! I had to do stool samples! AT HOME! OVER A WEEKEND! POOP IN THE FRIDGE! FOR THREE DAYS! NEXT TO FOOD!
I will never get over it. I do not wish it on anyone.
You’re having a rough time! You’re so lucky to have a doctor you can email in the night! Wow.
I had to do a stool sample, and all I had to do was smear a little in a couple places on a card in an envelope. A little better than passing a urine sample in a clear bottle to the receptionist, LOL. I had giardia for nearly 6 weeks….that was MUCH grosser than the stool sample!
Ick~I had giardia too, years ago…then a parasite from a “developing” country…then another one from another “developing” country…and NO I did not drink unpurified water (or so I was led to believe).
Totally sucks! My intestines have never been the same!
And the stool samples! Ugh! Way to make a sick person feel worse! Gag!
Ugh. So freakin’ awful (yet, kinda hilarious). Hope you feel better soon & that Annie decides that, yes, naps are a good thing.
Heather, I feel your pain! I just had to give SEVEN different stool samples. Over three days. Which, thankfully, didn’t need to be refrigerated because I had to STIR THEM into a poisonous liquid and then SHAKE the entire vial vigorously to mix them up. So, basically, I made poison-poop cocktails for my entire GP’s office.
On the bright side, every time I’ve pooped since, I’ve been able to have a nice giggle about NOT having to go through the rigmarole of collecting a sample. It’s all about perspective.
Glad you didnt have to have surgery, that is a plus. I hope you feel better soon!!
You poor thing, but it’s good you’re not going to explode because that could be messy.
Keep feeling better.
we had to collect stool samples with my 3 year old son, for 3 days! My husband manned up and did the collecting and the stirring BLAHHHHH Ugggg it was sooooo gross!! I gagged while I watched him do it.
Only you could make being sick that funny!! I was going to say Thank You for sparing us the details of the stool sample, but the lovely commenters filled in the blanks for me. ;)-
I really hope you get to feeling better soon. And I hope Annie gets the memo that naps are cool and should never be given up.
I can so relate. About two weeks ago I ate a little place where I was told that I could “try the tea but some people can’t stand the water”. Well, I was violently ill a day later and after a week I was still sick. My Dr. also suggested a stool sample,only the office was out of the sample cases and I had to use a denture cup. It looked like a plastic butter cup or something. I carried it back in a Victoria’s Secret bag, hoping to not draw attention to myself.
So….will there be stool sampling in your future? LOL
Also, ANNIE take a nap!
Rachel Langer says:
Oh Heather, I am so sorry you are going through this – stomach stuff is the worst! Been thinking lots of you guys, even though I only know you via the interwebs. I hope things continue to improve. You’ve got lots of web-buddies backing you up!
I’m sorry I’m laughing at your expense but the whole *I CAN’T UNHEAR THAT PEOPLE* comment was just too much! And your lovely commenters are cracking me the heck up too with all these sample stories. Poop in the fridge? You’d think a cooler OUTSIDE of the fridge would work? ewwwwww.
Get better soon, ok!?
Marnie * says:
Dude. I seriously hope you feel better soon. I don’t even want to know what is involved in getting a stool sample. ewww. Also, the “record scratch” totally made me laugh.
I went through like what you experience two years ago. My stomach is very painful the whole day. But thank God it’s all
because of urinary infection… send prayers for u to feel better.
Oh Heather… I am of no help, but I hope you FEEL BETTER! And I hope Annie decides naps are her friends and cuddles with you lots.
I am so sorry, I know your pain. I have collected all urine in a 24 hour period which went in something that looked like a water carrier for camping and lived in the fridge until dropoff (and then my health care provider mocked me for making twice as much urine as most people) and I’d been very ill with what they decided was IBS and ZI too tested poo and mixed it into multiple containers, having selected the choicest parts with a little wee stick attached to the lid. Fun!!! But the hat is definitely the very best part.
I don’t know if you read all of these, but one of my daughter’s friend’s father’s (you got all that?) was having unexplained vomiting. He vomited for weeks and then it went away for a while then it came back on Easter. He threw up on Easter and they took him to the hospital. He had pancreatis or some such infection in his pancreas. They took his gallbladder out because he had some stones, but the thing I wanted to tell you was can they check you for this pancreas infection? They found out that most people get diagnosed with it in the MORGUE! After an autopsy! I have no idea what his symptoms were other than vomiting, but your story made me think of it. So if it’s still unexplained, mention something! I hope you feel better and you are able to keep food down soon!!
Feel better soon!!
All I want to say is “LOL”.
Record scratch! and “I can’t unhear it!” hahahaaaaa… toooo funny.
Hope you’re feeling better!