I Just Came Home From The Hospital Once Again

  1. It's true. I was hospitalized last Tuesday. I thought I had pneumonia, but God was gracious this time and I got there before the bacterial infection turned into pneumonia. How happy I was. Now I get to spent a quiet evening with my 2 youngest grandchildren watching movies on their parents' bed and eating popcorn. Just being with them is good enough for me. Being a mom is wonderful, but being a grandmother is beyond wonderful; it's awesome!

    I went through nursing school as a second career, and received a perfect attendance award, working with a rotator cuff tear, and a hairline fracture of my ankle. I didn't care. The goal of becoming a nurse was what I wanted to attain no matter what.

    After graduating, and having only myself to rely on, I knew I needed a job that would pay a decent salary, and give me more than just two or three days a week.

    I learned I had high cholesterol when I was in nursing school when I was tested at a public senior health fare day. I didn't have a job yet, and no insurance. So after graduation, wanting to keep up my perfect attendance, I looked in my drug guide to see what the lowest possible dosage of vitamin B3, or niacin would be to treat it. Then I went to the drug store, and made my purchase. I was soon to learn a very important lesson on self treatment.

    After I took about one third bottle of the niacin, I began to see big white blotches on my body. I knew it wasn't any ordinary rash. I had many of them in the past, so I went to the emergency room, was checked for having an allergic reaction to niacin, given a prescription for Prednisone, and was told to purchase some Benadryl. I did so on my way home.

    I took the medication and laid down, because I wasn't feeling quite right. That evening I became extremely itchy, to the point of not being able to stand it. I was forced to go back to the emergency room when my daughter heard sounds like birds coming from me. (Will finish later)
  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   Joe NightingMale
    Fran, I'm glad to hear that you're back from the hospital and it wasn't too serious.

    That was a good lesson about self-treatment....niacin isn't a very safe drug at therapeutic doses. Not that I haven't considered it myself, now that I'm a student and can't afford Tricor anymore, but after hearing your story maybe I'll wait until I have insurance again....
  4. by   Sabby_NC
    Bless your heart Fran, glad you are out of the hospital, now get better and stay out of that place ok? *hugs*
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I hope you get well, stay well, and stay out of the hospital. :icon_hug:

    Speaking of cholesterol, I just had a lipid profile drawn last week. My total cholesterol was 177 (HDL was 60, LDL was 100, VLDL was 17, and triglycerides were 83). Even though it is nowhere near the danger zone, I'd still like to have less LDL and more HDL.
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    Fran, :kiss
  7. by   jnette
    Glad you're home, Fran andnothing serious this time. Enjoy those grandbabies!
  8. by   Grace Oz
    Glad nothing serious. Keep well and take care of yourself and those grandchildren!
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Now Fran, you KNOW hospitals are no place to get any rest!

    Seriously, I'm glad you're home and enjoying your grand-young 'uns. They're just about the best thing in life, aren't they?

    Be happy........be well.
  10. by   dianah
    Fran, I'm so sorry you've been sick enough to be admitted, but I'm glad you've been released and are on the mend now.

    The grandchildren will be your best medicine.
  11. by   zooz
    (((Fran))) :icon_hug:
  12. by   live4today

    I know I already sent you an email about you not telling me you were hospitalized, so I won't scold you again. :flowersfo:flowersfo:flowersfo

    Have fun with your grandbabies. Glad you're home.
  13. by   lpnstudentin2010
    I am glad you are ok
  14. by   compassion1

    Stay well. Praying for your continued health.