January 27, 2006

severe intestinal discomfort

I should be getting in my car right now, heading in for work, but instead I'm taking a break from basically spending the last hour on the toilet, reeling in pain.

Yestderday afternoon I got a bit headachey, which is no big deal in itself - I have a tendency to get headachey in the afternoon at work (the noise level in the office maybe? or maybe I just need glasses?), so it wasn't a huge deal. When I was driving back to Simi Valley from Universal City, my stomach started feeling a bit weird. My headache only contributed to the general misery. Yet, I still managed to make it to the gym (albeit I thought many times on the way that I'd ditch the effort), and got in a little over 30 minutes of program-required cardiovascular work.

The exercise actually made me feel a little bit better - while I was doing it. The headache pain subsided for awhile, and the stomach issues were almost non-existent. I came home, ate a late dinner, watched a movie, and went to sleep.

My sleep was constantly interrupted last night. Lots of stress dreams. I kept waking up in the wee hours of the morning thinking it was almost time to wake up, agonizing over the imminent alarm, only to find that it was 3:35am... nowhere near 6:30am!

The last hour or so of sleep was filled with wake-ups and bad dreams. Something wasn't right. I actually dreamt, right before the alarm went off, that I had fallen to the floor and vomited - but my biggest concern was being late to work.

With that my alarm sounded, and I could feel my stomach gurgling. I got up, went to the bathroom, and for about five minutes was treated to all sorts of sounds coming from my belly. Sometimes when you're stomach is at work you'll hear some weird sound come from it, a little bit here, a little bit there - but my stomach sounded as if it was in court and two lawyers were arguing with eachother - sometimes even yelling over one another, two sounds from the two different ends of my tummy.

After much unpleasantness I finished up (for the moment), drank a hearty portion of PeptoBismol, and called my supervisor to leave a voicemail saying my stomach was acting up - but that I'm working through it and simply suspected I would be a little late. I then crawled back into bed, my stomach cramping in very painful ways - stabbing me.

I asked Kitty, who kept my feet warm through the night and dealt unscratchingly with my every kick, "WHY is my tummy hurting me, Kitty? Why???", but stopped that immediately when it reminded me a bit too much of my deranged father asking Nala, the family dog, who was at the door?, every single time someone walks in the house.

It got to be pretty severe again, and I wandered back to the bathroom and remained there until just before now. Oh, the humanity! Wretched, wretched humanity! But now, as I type this, I find that my stomach is a bit quieter, and I haven't had any crazy pains in at least five minu... wait, there it goes again. Dammit!

Here's hoping this whole mess (and it IS a mess, ohmyGOD) clears up soon so that I don't have to take ANOTHER fucking sick day. Plus, I had planned to venture up to Erik's neck of the woods tonight, for a nice sunny weekend in Santa Barbara - and I just can't have that interrupted in any way. Harrumph.


posted by julie at January 27, 2006 07:27 AM


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