Thursday, February 18, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday: The Letter E

WARNING 

The following is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach!
If any of this applies to you, STOP! 

Go back! 

Don't read! 
(I won't be offended. Promise!) 


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Jenny Matlock


E is for Emesis
(also known as vomit, puke, upchuck, throw up, 
heave, hurl, retch, and so forth...
my thesaurus has over 30 words to describe this condition. Egads!)


That's right.E is for emesis, the medical term for regurgitation.


I was originally going to pen some clever little E alliteration but instead, life bit me in the butt really hard yesterday morning.


I've been nursing a sinus infection going on 3 weeks now. I went back to the doctor on Tuesday because I thought for sure my eardrum ruptured. I was in intense pain, radiating from my ear down my neck along the jaw line. It wasn't ruptured or even infected for that matter...just filled with fluid. I was given another round of antibiotics for my persistent sinus infection, a couple of Darvocets (for pain), and sent on my way.


Within 30 minutes of taking my medicine this morning, the most severe headache and violent wave of nausea washed over me. I was totally incompacitated! I was bowing to the porcelain god for most of the day. Every time I attempted to lay down and close my eyes my insides would churn and burn and another bout of retching and hurling ensued. By 3pm the only fluids I had kept down were itty bitty sips of water. So you can imagine, nothing was coming up during these marathon spewing sessions, just a tremendous amount of painful dry heaving!


So, in essence, on the Holy day of Ash Wednesday, my fast was essentially forced and hoisted upon me. I had planned on fasting. Really. I have big life changing plans I'm pursuing this Lenten season. But during my fast I was going to allow myself juices and such. I, however, think God had other ideas. He took my plans to fast and abstain quite seriously and made sure I followed through with my life altering plans. Oh how I prayed throughout the morning and on into the day. I prayed for my suffering to be united with Christ. I prayed for Christ to take my suffering and use it for good. I prayed for my father. I prayed for my family and friends. For the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1505) tells us,


 "...By His passion and death on the cross Christ has given a new meaning to suffering: it can henceforth configure us to Him and unite us with His redemptive passion." 


I lost count of the number of Our Fathers and Hail Marys implored but at this writing I can say I am feeling better.  


I also made a secret promise to God. I now need to make good on it. 


God bless!




48 comments:

Nessa said...

Perhaps God gave you a physical cleansing as a metaphor for your spiritual work.

I hope you get better soon.

3WT & 13T

Jacque said...

Sorry that you are/were so sick. Sounds like you and the big "D", Darvocet, don't see eye to eye! I have similar reactions to all the "cets"...

I do hope you are feeling better and that the rest of your week will find you in better health.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company.

the domestic mama said...

I think God was helping you cleanse, too. I am sorry it was so rough, though.

blueviolet said...

That just sounds incredibly horrible! I think that moment was a wonderful way to draw nearer to God, but ouch!!!!

Midday Escapades said...

Oh darn it, Polly. I am so sorry you are sick like that. I hope you can uphold your promise. I remember making some during such times. *hugs* to you.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Great minds think alike. I also used Emesis in my post although I was unfamiliar with the correct word.

You need to get better. I've had one sinus infection in my life and it was the worst pain I've ever had. I still remember and it was many years ago. Get well soon!

Kimberly said...

I hope you feel better.


Something happened to the other comment I left, so I hope this one will stay.

Ms Bibi said...

Oh dear Polly. What an ordeal you are going through.
I hope you will be back to healthy self soon. I will say extra prayer for you today.

Mumsy said...

Oh I'm so sorry to read this, and it must had been terrible to go through. I hope you feel better soon.

Please don't worry about visiting my blog, but just take care of yourself. I'm sending a vibe of love and prayer your way.

Brian Miller said...

love nessa's comment...and perhaps rings true..hope you feel better and the fast goes well.

L.B. said...

Emesis - effective.

Emesis emits everything - eggs, eggplant, elderberries.

Enfeebled? Emaciated? Exasperated?

Effect emesis ejects everything entirely.

Even eclairs.

Ew.

Tiffany said...

i'm sorry you're ill--i had about 7sinus infections while pregnant with LB...it was terrible. saline spray helped me though. that and LOTS of sudafed.

L.B. said...

And of course I hope you feel better. Doesn't sound like you had a good day yesterday, and I hope today is a much better day for you.

***Holly*** said...

God definitely has a way of giving us what we need, when we need it. Even if it hurts! Take care of yourself!

My name is PJ. said...

Wow! You had us running the emotional gambit from laughter (puke is funny) to sympathy for your illness to interest, hope and inspiration for your Lenten season.

I don't know about anyone else, but that E was so thorough, I'M EXHAUSTED!

Viki said...

I'm so sorry the medication affected you that way. I'd say you are allergic to it or maybe you were supposed to eat something before you took it. I hope you feel in tip top shape soon.

Julie Schuler said...

I like that emesis rhymes with nemesis.
I sure hope you feel better soon. My sister is frequently beset with sinus infections, but I've never had a one, not even in college when I used to smoke like a chimbley.

I'm going to try to give up Coca Cola for Lent!

Together We Save said...

Sorry you were so sick.... hope you are better now.

Sarah said...

Hope you are on the road to better days soon!

Willoughby said...

Oh, Polly, I'm sorry to hear you were ill. I hope you're feeling better today.

I don't want to question your doctor, but did he give you a prescription or at least recommend some sort of decongestant? As one who suffers from ear problems, I can tell you that the only thing that ever gets the fluid out of my eustachian tubes is a decongestant. I'm just sayin...

MrsJenB said...

Poor thing! We both nursed infections last week but nothing like the pain you've experienced. God bless!

mrs. c said...

I can read and talk about all this stuff because I teach pre-k! Much luck on your fast. I understand your committment, as we observe Lenten as well!

mrs. c said...

I can read and talk about all this stuff because I teach pre-k! Much luck on your fast. I understand your committment, as we observe Lenten as well!

AJ said...

awww sweetie!
:( I am so sorry!

Glad you are feeling mostly human again. Hope you have no relapses.

So glad I just told God I was giving up an hour of sleep in the morning to work out... lol... so much better than a forced fast. (just kidding God)

Tracie said...

Yikes! I'm sorry you had to go through that. Next year the fasting on Ash Wednesday will seem easy peasy compared to all that.

Jo said...

omgosh that sounds like a horrible experience ... peaceful and healing thoughts & prayers to you ... and it was one heck of an E post!

Jackie said...

That's incredible! I am glad you are feeling better but wow! what a way to start lent eh?

I think it was tuesday , when I got a really bad headache too and this time it was different cause I actually 'puked' , but right after that I felt way better , wierd. I started the master cleanser yesterday and today is day 2 of the fast for me . I must have a lot of mucus cause my nose has been bothering me all morning like I want to sneeze. I think all the mucus in my body is breaking up and hopefully it leaves with all the other bad stuff , who knows what, in my body .

Christine said...

OH WOW!!! Nothing worse then that...ugh. I do hope you are feeling better. Pretty sure all those prayers could have gotten you out of confession. :P

Chicago Mom said...

Isn't it terrible when something that is supposed to make you feel better makes you feel worse instead? Ugh. Feel better soon!

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Polly,

Sorry to hear about your illness. Hope you get well soon!

laterg8r said...

egads, hope you are feeling better now :D

mbkatc230 said...

So sorry to hear about your reaction to the pain meds. Same thing happened to me after gallbladder surgery. There is nothing quite like hurling for 3 hours straight after having abdominal surgery. Well, maybe being hit by a train, but I wouldn't want to find out. Hope you are feeling better soon. And that you can at least keep juice down now. Kathy

Jenny said...

Oh no. What a tErrible, horriblE, vEry not-good day for you!

I'm so sorry. Sinus headaches can be really horrific.

Have you ever read the studies that show eliminating all dairy when you get one is supposed to help?

I know it's kind of late to tell you that now...and I'm sure dairy doesn't even sound appealling.

But it might work!

I really hope you are feeling better.

You can definitely go lay down in the nurses office!

A+

Prim2Pink said...

I sure hope you are feeling better soon!
Judy

Jackie said...

Hi Polly , Do you want to go to Medugorje? What if you, me and Daily Grace could go together at the same time? I was thinking that we could raise the money or save it and hopefully sometime this year we could all go to Medugorje!

did you read what I said on my post about Jim Caviezel ? go and read it :)

Tracy said...

I have had that pain med reaction myself from time to time, no fun. feel better.

Melinda Cornish said...

this is one of the many "bugs" making an appearance at our house right now.....feel better and get rid of that medication!

Maggie B said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've been so sick, glad you're on the other side of it now.
~Maggie~

Erin said...

I am so, so sorry. They gave me Darvocet the morning after my C-section and I lost it, too. I can't handle those drugs. I ended up switching over to Tylenol 3 w/ Coedine. They can also give you anti-nausea meds to help. And I think it's best to take them on a full stomach, ironically!

I hope you're on the mend and can enjoy the weekend!

Amy said...

OH, ugh! Vomiting is the worst! Hope you are feeling better!

Michelle Hoad said...

Hope you are better soon. The only thing worse than ear problems are tummy problems. I get migraines that cause me to throw up for a day or two. It is miserable.

Holly said...

You are hilarious...and creative!

MJ said...

Polly I must echo Nessa & say . . .
Perhaps God gave you a physical cleansing as a metaphor for your spiritual work.

xo
MJ

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

It sounds incredibly tough.I'm with what Erin said. I hope you're feeling better.
Bxx

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

It sounds incredibly tough.I'm with what Erin said. I hope you're feeling better.
Bxx

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

poor dear! at least you are all cleaned out for the start Lent. *bad joke*
good choice of word! thanks for stopping by today!

Weezer said...

Oh, poor Polly. I'm so sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. What a wake up call, huh? Hoping that you're doing some better. All that nausea is probably from the fluid in your ears. I experience that vertigo effect with my infections from time to time. And the med reaction! Yep. Have that, too. Can't take the Tyl #3 or any of the 'cet' meds.
I've been meaning to ask you how your Dad is doing. I've been holding him and your family in my prayers. I hope you have a few days off from work to recover from your sickness.
Blessings and Hugs, dear friend.

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