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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

My Adventure

Last night we squeezed some lemons and oranges to make juice which I drank before going to bed. It was very strong and acidic so I didn't even finish it. About half an hour later, after I was in bed, I began to experience stomach cramps and pain. I thought it would just pass but it kept getting worse and worse. Finally at about 1 AM we called the hospital and they said to come in. (Thank you, Canada, for Medicare.) The pain was quite severe by this time and I could barely stand. In the end it was decided that I had severe gastritis, probably brought on by the lemon juice. Gastritis is an inflammation of the lining of the stomach. They put me on intervenus and finally at about 3 AM they gave me a shot of morphine and one of Gravol. I was out like a light and when I woke up this morning I felt fine.
Today I have been catching up on my missed sleep and eating very mild food. The doctor said no coffee and that has been the worst after effect so far. It is not an experience I am eager to repeat so from now on the lemonade will be heavily diluted with water!

26 comments:

Nellie's Needles said...

whew! Glad to that's all there was to such a frightening experience and that you're okay.

Lynn said...

Sorry you had such a reaction. Glad your tummy is better today. I feared you would say you were having an appendicitis attack.

And your thrift store finds are terrific. Lucky you.

Sandy said...

Never fails, the stuff you take to keep you healthy makes you sick... Glad you're better, though. Christine looked for you at the hospital, but I guess you'd already left.

Brenda said...

glad to hear you're feeling better. take it easy!

meggie said...

Goodness, who knew lemon juice could cause that! So glad you have medicare too, & that you were able to get out, to the hospital. As I read, I was imagining you might be snowed in!

Exuberant Color said...

Our older digestive systems have their quirks to be sure. I know I can't digest what I used to. Glad you are OK.

Anonymous said...

lol! i know it's not funny, but it's pretty funny! lol! how many lemons did you squeeze?!?
i can't imagine you without having a morning cup of coffee...
lol poor mum
love
carm

em's scrapbag said...

I am so glad you are okay. Last summer hubby had very bad stomach pain and his appendix burst.
Take it easy.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Glad it wasn't anything real serious! I guess you won't be drinking any lemonade any time soon, eh? Take it easy, okay?

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

holy cow - if they're giving you a shot of morphine that pain had to be intense. aiyee. take care of yourself and sorry about the no-coffee thing.

Fabric Mom said...

You poor thing. I am glad you are feeling better. What an awful experience.

Katie said...

Makes me wonder if that fruit had a problem. Glad you got the help and are on the mend now.

Judith said...

So pleased to here your feeling better. Bet you got quite a fright.

Caron said...

Wow, you REALLY had a bad night!
I have the same problems and have to stay away from orange juice. Hope you feel better soon!

Petunia said...

Hi! So glad you are feeling better. I've been quilting a lot using up scraps. Always an inspiration reading your blog. Take care and stay away from those lemons!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, Joyce! That sounds awful! I'm glad you're feeling better today!

Cascade Lily said...

Oh my goodness Joyce! So glad you're okay now. What an ordeal!

Ali Honey said...

I'm glad you are feeling better now. The middle of the night always makes painworse in my experience.

I like the green in your scene - it adds something.....maybe even a hint of red somewhere...a toadstool, or some berries.....the wee touches of colour give it a lift. I like your idea there...are you going to do some more like this?

Clare said...

There used to be a lemon drink in the the UK called PLJ (pure lemon juice). It was lethal if drunk neat!
Hope your tum has recovered by now.
xx

Libby said...

Oh gosh, I do hope you are feeling much better. That sounds like a pretty nasty reaction.

Darcie said...

Oh my! Thank heavens the weather and roads were so you could get out and into the doctor! I'm glad that you're recovering. Rest well.

MYRA said...

Oh my Joyce! What an experience! I hope you are doing much better today...
Take care...

sparkle jars said...

Take care of yourself. That can be so painful.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

that sounds terribly painful! Glad you're feeling better...take care.

Judy said...

Oh Joyce.........what a horrible adventure. Let's hope that the next one is a lot more fun and not at all painful!
Glad you are ok now.

xo

hetty said...

Sorry to hear about your 'adventure'. Hope you're feeling better by now. Hospitals are no fun!