Tuesday, May 12, 2009

363 days....

Where do I begin?

I'm living in Santa Barbara, the site where the Jesusita fires were burning fiercely a mere 2 days ago. Thankfully the fires have now been contained. It started last Monday, and by Thursday, the fires were raging out the control, the city evacuated. Heads up, if you ever have sickle cell and you are where there is smokey fires...GET THE HELL OUT.

I didn't, mainly because the hospital wasn't evacuated and I had to work. I came into work on Thursday soldiering in for my coworkers that couldn't make it in. The hospital ventilation system is old, and according to hospital regulations, the vents must remain on to circulate the 'sick air' out of the hospital. By 11pm that night, I was suffocating on the job, breathing in smoke with minimal oxygen. I thought I was going to pass out. I spent the rest of the night alternating between hugged around an oxygen tank and wearing a mask. It was awful. Thankfully my coworkers pitched in and helped me out, otherwise I don't know how I could have survived the night. Motrin was my friend on Thursday night.

Friday morning, I drove 2 hours to LA. My flight to Portland was thankfully on time, and by early afternoon, I was in Norio's arms, content for a moment. I crashed at home, sleeping for a few hours, breathing in fresh Portland air. Around 5pm, we went to an open house. I was feeling poorly by then, but fighting desperately to stay normal.

At 7pm, my streak was broken. I was only crises/hospital free for 363 days:( I landed in the emergency room, my whole body aching, with tears streaming down my face. My joints were on fire, my chest was burning and I was in full blown crises mode. Thankfully, a little hydration and IV Dilaudid fixed me right up and they discharged me 2 hours later.

I've been in bed since then...fighting hard not to land back in the hospital. For starters...the ER I was at totally sucked, but that is a story for another day. I'm just glad that I'm home, lucid and able to type this without curling up in too much pain.

I have to go back to SB on Wednesday to start work on Thursday, but my body is begging me to take a few days off. I think I will comply. So instead of celebrating my 1 year anniversary of being crises free thanks to Nicosan, I've crashed and burned like everyone else.

Hope you are all well.

7 comments:

chayoma said...

First!
Hope you feel better. My one and only sister has sickle cell anaemia, and has been crisis free for almost two years...
Just don't over do it!
you will be fine!

GET WELL SOON! (sounded cliche,huh? )

Sincerely,
chayoma :)

Afrobabe said...

Babe if you need a few more days then take them…you need to rest and you really shouldn't be in that smokey town till the air clears..

Hugsss, get well soon...

Anonymous said...

363 days is fantastic actually. Keep your head up girl you're doing great!

LaMonte Forthun said...

I promise you that we are fighting for you and everyone else that has SCD to fix the problems with Nicosan. It's you and a lot of people like you that are keeping us in this fight. Stay strong my friend, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

I just ordered 2 bottles of nicosan from you...

my name is Nicole
from Illinois

Omo Oba said...

u didnt crash and burn, u were only 48hours away...I celebrate for you anyways. and please, take a break from work if u need one.

Jada said...

Lord Sickle Cell can be a beast. keep your head up Mama and make sure you get plenty of fluids and rest.

And put some heat on that pain! Praying for you.