Posts tagged ‘health’

September 15, 2008

Brushing your teeth is hot


Just ask Andre 3000 of Outkast and Ron Underwood of Opiate for the Masses.

July 30, 2008

An accident with a hospital bus

Monday afternoon, my mother’s car got hit by a hospital bus.

As some of you may know, my mother has been sick for the past few months. She has been dealing with chronic back pain that is so bad, she cannot even work. She went to Union Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon because she had an appointment to get injections in her back to help alleviate the pain. Her procedure was finished and she was tired, sore and just wanted to go home. I went with her because she was required to have someone drive her home, since she wasn’t in any condition to drive herself.

We were in the car, leaving Union Memorial Hospital. I was stopped at an intersection, prepared to turn right. There was a hospital bus in front of us who was stopped at the intersection as well. Instead of turning right, the driver decided to go in reverse. He hit us and he didn’t slam the brakes after hitting us, he kept going back and dragged us back with him a little. Then he drove forward, looking like he was going to leave the scene. We are yelling at him. He stops for a moment and then goes in reverse – hitting us again!

We ran up to the bus and he’s like whaaa? huh? We’re like GET OUT OF THE BUS AND LOOK. The dude was either reallllllly tired and old (he’s like in his 60s, which isn’t THAT old) and/or high on marijuana or pills. He was just way too mellow and showed no emotion to what happened.

mom said to him to exchange each other’s info. He was like “Exchange information? What information? What do you mean? Oh, … well why would we do that? We’re okay, it’s okay”.

That’s when I reached for my cell phone to call the cops. Thank goodness for cells!

I call the cops and they say they’re on their way. Then, a Union Memorial “cop” comes up and tells us, oh don’t call the cops, they won’t come.
I say “Nice try, they’re right there“.
Do I have stupid written across my face? I’m not going to trust someone who is paid by the hospital to be fair and unbiased toward us. The Baltimore City police officer was cool, but not the hospital officer.

The bus driver was like “Well, it’s not my fault. I didn’t know you were behind me”. That doesn’t make it our fault. He should have looked. We weren’t even in his blind spot and he probably shouldn’t even have been reversing in the first place whether or not someone was there. We weren’t moving. He hit us. It’s not our fault.

Why did this crap have to happen Monday of all days? As if my mom doesn’t already feel crappy enough as it is. I’m not really too upset by this, though I’m not too happy, either. But my mom is really upset and that is what makes me mad. I don’t want to see her stressed out and in pain. She just needed to go home and rest after her procedure. But things had to get worse. She’s had to deal with taking off work, worker’s comp, insurance, doctors, etc. the past few months because of her back problems. Now she has to deal with auto insurance, car repairs, renting a car, etc. because of this.

I understand people make mistakes and I am forgiving of that but this was negligence.
He didn’t look. Then didn’t feel us when he smacked into us. Then didn’t hear us yelling at him. Then backed into us again. Then didn’t know why I ran up his bus. Then doesn’t ask if we’re okay or anything. And he didn’t even feel bad for hitting someone who is ill.

Luckily, her car is drivable so far, but it definitely needs repair. The front is dented in and considering that she has a Volvo, that’s pretty bad.

I had to take off yesterday and today. I went to the doctor’s because my neck and back hurt, going down my spine all the way down. My arms and legs are sore and I have bad headaches. I have sprains everywhere. My mom didn’t feel it yesterday but today, she is feeling pain in the same spots that I am. She went to the hospital to feel less pain, not more! I feel bad for her. If it wasn’t for the Volvo, I think our injuries would have been worse.

My doctor said I shouldn’t go back to work until Friday at the earliest and she gave me a note. She said I might even feel the whiplash for a couple weeks, though not as badly as I am today and yesterday. I’m supposed to go to Atlantic City on Sunday through Tuesday so I hope this doesn’t mess with that.

She prescribed me some painkillers and muscle relaxers. So I’ve been sleeping most of the day because it’s making me so drowsy. It hurts to sit up or stand up anyway, so I have just been in bed a lot of the day.

I’m just thankful that the accident wasn’t any worse. I’m not really that pissed because I know that there are people who have been in much worse accidents than this. The main thing that I am dissatisfied about is that my mom has to deal with this and that the bus driver could have put a bunch of passengers at risk. But luckily, no one but him was in the bus.

July 6, 2008

So tired and sore

I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I hope it goes away soon. I’ve been very tired and increasingly sore the past week. I’ve been getting full nights of sleep every night. In fact, on Thursday night and Friday night, I got actually got a couple more hours than 8. And no, it’s not the “I got too much sleep” type of tired. It’s the “I still need more sleep and I need to take a nap” type of sleep. All week, it was hard to get up to go to work and I was tired the whole day. And the past couple days, I feel weaker and weaker and my muscles ache all over, especially my neck, upper back, and thighs. I’ve been taking vitamins in case it’s a nutrient deficiency but that has not helped. My chest has been more congested too. It’s been a little congested for a while now because of my sinuses. But I didn’t feel it constantly, just when I walked up and down the stairs at work (I purposely take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible). But it’s been feeling congested all day the past couple days.

I need a masseur/masseuse or something.

June 8, 2008

Temporary Relief is Better Than None

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May 9, 2008

The rain isn’t so bad to me

You may complain about the rain. But at least it’s washing away the pollen. 🙂

April 23, 2008

Thank you, Patient First

I would like to thank Patient First for scaring the crap out of me. They sent me a letter that stated:

“Thank you for visiting Patient First GREEN SPRING for your medical care.
This letter is to advise you:

    To return to the center as soon as possible for:

  •        follow-up care of fatigue.”

Basically, I went there a couple weeks ago when I was sick. They ran a few blood tests, such as anemia, mono, etc. Most came out negative but some, including a thyroid test, would not be done the same day. (I told them I didn’t think it was any type of long term illness, but based on my symptoms, they ran the tests just in case). My doctor said that if I didn’t hear from them, I was negative/normal. If I came out positive/abnormal, then they would contact me. I figured I was fine and that I just had a nasty virus. Then I got that letter Monday night, after I had pretty much forgotten the whole thing had ever happened. I have been to Patient First countless times and have never gotten a letter. I’ve only ever received an invoice, if necessary.

I saw that and expected it to mean that I was positive/abnormal in something, since they probably wouldn’t outright state that in a letter due to HIPPA laws. I called and thankfully, they said I was fine and that they just thought I should go back if my symptoms didn’t improve. Yeah, thanks.

They said they would have told me when they called me but they couldn’t get a hold of me. However, I don’t have any calls from them on my

April 10, 2008

(Not) down with the sickness

I went to the doctor’s last night and they did a bunch of blood tests. I got the results back for mono, anemia, and a few other things and they all came out negative. I’m just waiting on the results of others that take longer to come back.

I felt like this a couple weeks ago and it went away. But now it’s back. I don’t know what’s going on. But I’m just so tired, sore muscles, feel weird in the head, etc. No matter how much sleep I get, I’m still so tired. I slept 9 hours last night and took a 4 and a half hour nap this afternoon, and I’m still tired. And no, it’s not the “I got too much sleep kind of tired”. Believe me. I know the difference. My neck and upper back are stiff and sore.  My face feels bad.

It’s not sinuses though. I’ll feel alright and then out of nowhere, I’ll feel like I’m in a daze while feeling pain in my head. And it’ll be hard for me to stay awake and alert. It takes effort for me to talk and I feel like I’m saying the wrong words. My throat isn’t sore but it feels weird. It’s hard for me to sing simple songs in key, which are normally not hard.

I think it’s probably a virus or whatever that will just go away eventually. But my doctor was concerned it might be something more chronic and is testing in just in case.

January 20, 2008

Neti Pot

I bought a neti pot this evening. I can breathe through my nose again! It actually felt good to do the process. I wish I would have known about this years ago!

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August 31, 2007


I feel crappy. My neck and upper to mid back are sore and stiff. My head and face hurts. I am so tired. l hope this doesn’t ruin my Labor Day weekend. 

July 31, 2007

Sick and wish I could throw up.

Last night, I started feeling nauseous. I thought this was just because of the story I heard about the Ocean City dead baby fetus woman.
This morning, my head hurt. I thought my sinuses were just being worse than usual. But I started feeling nauseous again by mid-morning and when I was walking around the office, I noticed my chest was congested. I have a headache and my head is hot. I feel nauseated and dizzy. My body aches. My throat feels like something is stuck in it. I don’t know what this is, but it was bad enough that I had to leave work early today. I can often taste puke. (Hope that’s not TMI). But I don’t feel like I need to throw up, even though I do feel nauseated. I kind of wish I did throw up so I could get this out of my system and start to feel better.  (Even though I do not like puking. I usually end up heaving and have a hard time breathing).