Wednesday night it hit
Sudden and swift;
First hot, then cold,
Then nausea set in.
Nausea got worse,
Felt horrid, yes I did ...
Felt so bad, I had
Twin sis call for help.
Weak, didn't want to talk,
Karla worried about me.
I was worried too; was
Wondering what was wrong.
Firefighters and EMTs came,
Concern upon their faces,
They took my vitals, decided
A trip to the hospital was in order.
At that point, I ddin't care;
I just wanted to feel better.
They put me in the ambulance;
Twin sister rode up front.
Knowing she was near was comfort,
But unsure of what lay ahread ...
I ddin't cry, but boy, I sure wanted to!
Worried; more expense upon her.
Felt all of this was my fault; I
blamed myself again and again;
Twin sister said don't worry;
My health was most important now.
In the ER, I was put on oxygen, EKG, IV's.
I was aleady starting to dislike the needles;
but at that point I didn't care:
I just felt too damned bad!
For over 9 hours, laid in the ER,
Wondered if I was to be admitted.
I was; settled in my room, fifth floor,
While nurses and doctors tended to me.
Poked, prodded, stabbed: my life
For the next five days ... twin sister stayed
With me, right by my side. Appreciated that.
Found out I was dehydrated among other things.
At first, no food: nothing by mouth; only IVs
Filling my poor, weakened body with nourishment.
Tried to tolerate the interruptions, but it was so hard!
Rest in a hospital? No way! Felt like I didn't sleep much!
Twin sister took lots of walks while I lay in bed,
I wanted to join her but could not. Hard to do so
When I was hooked up to lines and tubes!
I just lay there, let the staff tend to my needs.
Eventually, I started eating again: liquids, then solids.
Soon started to feel better, slowly but surely.
Day before yesterday started feeling well enough to walk,
Had my personal physical therapist: my beautiful twin sister!
Then I got the green light yesterday; was well enough to leave;
Schedule up a follow up appointment, take some new pills,
All I could do was lie in bed and watch tv or read,
Trying to pass the time away till discharge time got near.
Around 9 that night, out in the lobby, in a wheelchair,
Twin sister (and therapist) right by my side,
Both waiting for her best friend, who would then
Drive the both of us back to our home!
Home! What a beautiful word! :)