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Day in the Life: a day at the ER

Well…

today’s been eventful.

If you don’t follow me on instagram (@dearmikah) you may not have seen me post on my story that I was in the ER for a substantial amount of time today.

Don’t worry I’m not dying or anything but I do have pneumonia.

I thought today would be a good day for a day in the life post because I’ve had a pretty interesting time.

I should probably begin my discussion of my illness by mentioning that I started having pain in my sternum yesterday afternoon.

So, this morning I started my day with night sweats at 2:40. I just dealt with it.

When I finally woke up officially (I had a few moments of lucidity throughout the night) at about 8:20, I was doused in sweat and feeling god awful. My first instinct was to take my temperature with the thermometer I keep next to my bed.

My temperature was 101.

So I went to my mom and she immediately said “let’s go to carenow”. And so we went.

We arrived there at about 8:45 and I spent a few hours there where we did an xray, an ekg, and a few blood tests. My xray and ekg were normal so that was nice. When my blood tests came back, my white blood cell count was 20,000.

THAT’S SUPER HIGH.

So the doctor at care now ordered for me to be taken to the ER. This was around 10:45.

I was triaged and all of the sudden I heard some scary words applied to me: sepsis alert.

great. I’m septic.

I was rushed over to an ER room where immediately (after peeing in a cup) there were about 6 people in the room poking me with needles and sticking stuff to me. By the time I had everything attached to me I had about 9 cords and tubes stuck to my body.

They took a ton of blood to do all sorts of tests with. They apparently take blood in bottles sometimes and it made me think of true blood. I hope some vampire somewhere had a nice beverage.

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taken while sitting in the room

My mom and I then waited for a while while I received an IV drip of saline and antibiotics. After a few hours I was visited by the doctor again and guess what? atypical pneumonia.

So I was given more fluids before waiting for information about what my treatment will be.

Around then it was about 13:00 and I was super hungry. I didn’t eat breakfast before going to carenow because I thought we’d be out of there around 10:00 so I was dropping in blood sugar and I was just uncomfortable in general.

I should probably mention that my pain was about a 7 out of 10 right about now.

So I asked for pain meds and asked if I could eat. I got my drugs and had 3/4 of a cookie.

After a little longer, I got news that I would be discharged (15:00) and I get to take antibiotics at home!

We went to the pharmacy and got some real food and once at home I took a short nap…

Right now I’ve taken more pain meds and I’m in bed and honestly I don’t think I can eat anything or really even do anything for the rest of the night. I’m drained.

I’ll add in an edit if anything else happens.

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day in the life

Day in the Life: August 8th, 2018

Today my day began at midnight. I suppose everybody’s day begins at midnight but mine began with my mom calling me to her room.

She found a bunch of things in a box including my favorite toy from when I was little. A purple penguin bath toy.

 

I wish I could remember the name I gave him, but I can’t.

After reminiscing with my mom for a while I eventually went to my bed and fell asleep at 1AM.

When I woke up at 8, I felt that today would be a productive day so after a few minutes of waking up I put on my exercise gear and spent a few minutes on the exercise bike to warm up for my daily stretches.

I got in a very satisfying stretch and I did a pretty good meditation session.
By that time it was time for breakfast and I decided I would take today to perfect my vegan french toast recipe.

I’ve finally created a good and easy french toast recipe and I’ll be posting it tomorrow!

I ate my astounding breakfast (if i do say so myself) and then went to the desk to study.

I studied Korean and Mandarin for about an hour total and then i started to get ready to go out of town to see my psychiatrist.

I got ready early so that I would have time to take pictures of myself:

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she no want my kiss 😦

 

I then went to the psychiatrist (1 hour drive each way and a 1 hour appointment, 3 hour ordeal).

I plan on eating dinner in an hour and a half and I’m probably gonna study/journal until then.

Now i’m writing this post… pretty boring day when I write it out.

It felt like more when it happened.

I think I’ll post my stretching routine and some meditation tips some time soon, I think I’ve got something to say on those topics.

 

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day in the life July 31st, 2018

你好, 我的名字是 Mikah.

i don’t know why i felt the need to introduce myself in mandarin, but i did it.

i feel like i’m stagnating as far as stuff to right about goes so i guess i’ll tell you how my day went.

i woke up at 5:30 much to my chagrin and since it was so close to 6:30 (when i try to wake up) i decided i’d just stay up. i watched a few reviews on the casio tr mini which i really wanna buy. and then i listened to some music. i’ve been listening to into the new world by snsd a lot lately, it’s such a good song i really recommend it if you somehow haven’t heard it before.

suddenly it was 6:45 so i got up and started preparing for my morning walk. i checked on the animals, put on my outfit & sunscreen and then i went on my walk. i cut my walk short because my hips have been really irritated recently and i started to hurt around 35 minutes into walking so i went back home.

once i got home i stretched since i was well warmed up and then i started studying. i studied mandarin and japanese for about 2 hours. i filmed some of it but i didn’t realize until after filming that my camera didn’t film where my paper was and rather filmed my desk the whole time. big mad.

then i had breakfast: oatmeal with peanut butter.

i moved to the living room where i lived for a while. i read a few of qiu qiu’s old blog posts (i recommend reading qiu qiu’s blog if you never have) and then i did something kind of embarrassing.

i put on makeup just to take pictures of myself.

the pictures i took turned out wonderful though. here’s one:

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i then removed my makeup and ate lunch.

my lunch was late, around 15:00, so now i’m not very hungry for dinner.

i got a new chinese book in the mail (thanks mom) and now i’ve moved once again to my bed where i’m writing this…

i’m probably gonna have rice and avocado for dinner because i don’t feel up to making anything fancy.

i’ll add an edit if anything interesting happens.

 

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austin trip day 2

hello again from austin. it’s very sunny here.

my room has wonderful lighting so i took a picture of myself the second i woke up because i’m self centered.

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so yesterday i woke up at about 7 and i did the unthinkable. i showered. i knew we’d not be getting out until a long time from when i woke up so i just took the liberty of showering.

post-shower (and my abridged getting ready process) i kind of just waited to leave until we did at like 11.

this is what i wore and some gratuitous camwhore photos:

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not my best eyeliner application

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so the first thing we did for the day was a visit to the austin aquarium. it wasn’t the worlds most impressive aquarium but you can feed the animals so i was very pleased. here’s pictures:

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anemone
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blue macaw
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a hawaiian eel
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a very friendly ray i fed (rays are my favorite sea creature)

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there was an adorable ray mural that i needed to photograph
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more cute paint ray
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my new friend who’s a tortoise
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another macaw, this time red

we went to cornucopia popcorn on the way to our next visit and i got vegan caramel corn. i’m very excited because i haven’t had flavored popcorn in like 2 years.

next we walked down south congress and visited a few shops and ate at guero’s and got coffee (i got italian soda) at jo’s coffee. guero’s was pretty cool because they actually had more than one vegan option so i had to make a real decision on what to eat for once. i got 2 shirts at a boutique called maya that was having a sale. we also stopped in the impeccable pig (among other stores) and i fell in love with a dress and i really regret not buying it.

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the guero’s menu
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pictures of the staff in various years (and the fire extinguisher)
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some decor at the bar
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my other new friend who is a finch

then we went back to the airbnb because karma wanted to nap before we went on a boat ride to see the bat colony. i’ll be making a separate post about the bats later.