Sickest you've ever been?

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    I had Lymes (sp?) disease in 8th grade and I was really sick for a month before they found out what was wrong with me. Other than that I've never been sick for more than a week, usually for the flu.
     
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    In 2001 just before I had my gall-bladder removed. I have never felt so ill or been in so much pain (childbirth included).
     
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    When I was an infant, I had spinal meningitis w/ a 50/50 chance to live. I was in the hospital an entire month.
    Then, in 2nd gr, I was out for 2 wks w/ the chicken pox. Other than that, as an adult, I had to go to the ER a couple of random times.
     
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    When I was in my second year of teaching I caught pneumonia because I didn't listen to my body and kept on going in to work. I ended up flat in bed for 2 weeks while I recuperated and then was tired for at least a month after that. It took me a loooooong time to recover.
     
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    As a kid, I was sick almost every Christmas-- usually with something for which there's now a vaccination (Chicken Pox, measles, Pneumonia....)

    And as a adult, I've had the occasional bout of flu.

    Then there was my "black cloud" period 2 years ago, with those 6 surgeries in 23 months. Though not once in those 23 months did I actually feel sick.
     
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    I had whooping cough 2 years ago, and have had constant, recurring, respiratory infections since...including this current bout with pneumonia...fun times...
     
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    Hm, for me it would almost be worth asking when I feel well, as I am sick in some sense almost everyday.

    But the sickest I was was when I had a lung function in the teens, was on oxygen, and literally could not walk even to the bathroom. It was then that my doctor said I needed to start getting evaluated for a lung transplant. After a long time with IVs I did get better but will never be back to where I was before that time two years ago.
     
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    Sue, I thought of you right away when I read this thread.

    How are you feeling these days?
     
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    A few years ago, just a couple months after I met BF, I got really sick. Just horribly run down and tired all of the time, but my heart would race when I tried to sleep. I missed 15 days of school and saw a cardiologist, endocrinologist, sleep specialist, and my regular doctor countless times. Finally they figured out I had Lyme's, Low functioning thyroid, and heart palpitations that are probably the result of one or the other. Luckily after the right drugs I finally started to feel better.
     
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    Silverspoon-I've been going through something similar now with those palpitations-it's scary-but they haven't figured mine out yet.

    About a week before I was supposed to start college I felt like I got hit by a truck. Ended up with a diagnosis of walking pneumonia-literally in bed except to go to the bathroom for a week-was so terrified I wouldn't be able to start on time. Still taking meds the 1st week of school.

    Strep hits me pretty hard every couple of years-it comes on fast but last time it was soooo painful.
     
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    They never really figured out mine, either. But I take a beta blocker and it stopped, so thats good at least.
     
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    I almost died from kidney failure in 2001. I was horribly, horribly sick. I was sick for almost two months before they failed completely. I couldn't keep anything down. I was swollen. I couldn't breathe when I walked a few steps. I was soooo tired all the time. One night I scared DH. He was talking to me, and I knew it . . . but I wasn't responding to him at all. That was certainly the sickest I've ever been.
     
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    Other than having pneumonia when I was 5 years old, I haven't been really sick.
     
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    I thought once you had lyme diease you always had it. It just is in remission.
     
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    I used to get strep a lot growing up. I also had chicken pox in second grade. They were horrible in my nose mouth and throat!
    I remember in 5th grade going to the hospital for 105 temp.
    And I remember a time in HS my senior year being sick with a fever.
    As an adult I ended up with food poisoning (summer 03) and being sick for over a week. And in Winter 04 I ended up with a flu bug with high temps for a week. The cold that followed lasted two months.
     
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    I don't get sick very often, but when I do, it tends to be bad. I live in fear of strep throat because it ALWAYS turns into Scarlett Fever. I think though, the sickest I've ever been was shortly after my youngest was born. He was in the NICU, my oldest got admitted to a PICU nearby, and my middle was at home. Meanwhile, I'd just started back to finish my master's. I really don't remember much of those days, but I do recall waking up in my own hospital bed, not a bed in one of the boys' rooms. I had pneumonia, and just kept ignoring it. Thankfully, two days on IV antibiotics (thank goodness it was a weekend....I only missed one day of class), and I was able to get up and get going again.

    There was another time when my friends and I had gone out for my birthday. The evening started out well. I had just finished my first drink, when suddenly I wasn't feeling well. I told my friends that I hated to do it, but I might call it an early night. I remember getting up to go to the bathroom. The rest of the story had to be filled in by my friends and the bar staff. Apparently I passed out. There were some off duty paramedics there, and 911 was called. The bartender said she argued with everybody that I wasn't drunk and DEFINITELY not on drugs. I'd been going to this bar since before I was even legal, and this was only a couple years ago. They also called the cops, and took the guy who was sitting next to me to the back office and made him watch the security tapes while grilling him about what had happened.

    It turned out that I had scarlet fever...again...and that it hit me REALLY fast. That took about a week to recover from.
     
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    True. And mine was in late stages before it found it, so you always have to live with any damages. I have a lot of joint problems now that I suspect are from the Lyme's.
     
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    I had viral meningitis in 2nd grade, thankfully I got lucky and was only in hospital overnight but was off school for a month.

    We had a flu going around a month or two ago which I got which I had for a week and a half, it knocked most people who got it for at least a week.
     
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    Three Times I have been sick or hurting
    Blood Poisoning, College (a week in the infirmary)
    Kidney Stone, During my son's first birthday (a week in the hospital)
    Pneumonia, a couple years ago (Labor day weekend, one day in hospital, 2 days in bed)
     
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    Last spring, I had an awful, awful cough. I still don't know exactly what it was-H1N1, whooping cough or something else. My doctor had me on tons of drugs, and I still find it difficult to recover from simple colds now.

    I've had a lot of UTIs and possible kidney stones. Those are awful, awful, awful. But they are so common with me, I have strategies to get through them now.
     
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    mono in 11th grade. Slept for a week. I barely remember getting up to go to the bathroom.
     
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    Norwalk swept through our school one year. Everyone was down within 24 hours!
     
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    mono in 5th grade -- sick for weeks :( and relapsed multiple times.
     
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    OMGosh!
     
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    Mine was last night, unfortunately. Had my very first kidney stone....OMG!!! Thought for sure I was dying....LOL!!! Horrible.
     
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    I had mono after I had my 2nd child. I slept for a week, and thank goodness for a great mom who took care of me, the newborn, and rest of family.
     
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    I had meningitis as an infant like Ms. I. I was 6 months old and it was right after Christmas. My parents said I had about a 30% chance to live. I was in the hospital an entire month.

    I had the Chicken Pox when I was 3. No other major sickness. Thank goodness...
     
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    Aside from my black cloud period, I've never had the kind of illness you' guys are talking about.

    I had my share of childhood diseases (almost every Christmas as a kid: mumps, measles, chicken pox, even pnemonia, every Christmas.)

    And I've had the usual stomach bugs, bronchitis and so on.

    But the scariest thing-- that $^&* tumor-- didn't hurt at all. I never felt sick at all, not through the surgeries or the radiation.
     
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    I once had what a doctor thought might've been Lyme (I say thought because no other blood tests were positive for Lyme disease)

    Turned out to be IBS (aka the catchall "stomach pain")

    But every time I get something like joint pain, they have to test for Lyme. So many tubes of blood.

    My sicknesses:
    1. Being born at 25 1/2 weeks (Before all of the stuff they have for micro premees now. I was one of the babies they had medical supply companies come in and measure, so there could be supplies for babies my size. They also wanted to put me in a FDA Clinical Trial for a steroid that had just come out. It is now used on premees and is a rather popular drug) and only having a 20% chance of surviving my first year.

    2. RSV my first christmas (So I was... 4-5 months old)

    3. Epileptic seizure at 6. Started out with right facial spasming and then went all out and became a generalized seizure. Lasted 1 hr 30 minutes despite medical intervention. (At one point, a nurse accidentally rushed a crash cart into the room I was in)

    4. Epileptic seizure at 17 plus the aftereffects. Lasted about 30 seconds, loss of consciousness. Happened in school, my head slammed to the floor. School nurse said I didn't have a seizure, I just had syncope (when I knew it was a seizure). She told my mom not to bring me to the emergency room, so my mom brought me to my pediatrician instead. They detected no concussion. Neurologist upped my medication dosage. Three days later, had to be rushed to the ER at around 10 PM complaining of ataxia, loss of balance, vomiting (non-bilious), slurring of speech, and some other things. My BP was 153/70 (At one point, blood shot out of arm when the nurse tried to take some). It was eventually determined that I had a toxic level of anticonvulsants in my system (8-10 is normal, 12 is toxic, I had a level of 18) along with a concussion that wasn't a concussion. Also ever since that seizure, I have had premature ventricular contractions (My heart feels like it skips a beat, but it really just has an extra beat lower down on the heart than it should)
     
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    Mono at the beginning of 11th grade. One week completely slept away. Gone. Woke up to go to the bathroom. Mom tried to give me soup and I'd manage a half cup then down again. Must be like being in a coma.
     
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    I don't want to think about any other times because I'm sick now. Pain in my gums, foot pain, weak, dizzy, and achy all over...flu-like symptoms. My head hurt so bad the other night felt like it was splitting into pieces, and my eyes were bulging, and felt like my throat was melting. I couldn't even open my eyes and had to listen to the State of the Union with my eyes closed.

    I can only take selective meds because of the pregnancy. I've graduated to just having body aches and freezing, along with a cough and congestion so it looks like things are improving. But I've been able to do nothing productive or worthwhile these past few days.
     
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    I once had a really bad kidney infection that sent me to the hospital. We were traveling from Texas to visit family in WV when it hit me. I had a seizure in the car, and my temperature spiked to nearly 104.

    I had the fever for about 3 days, and my husband (at the time) said that my temperature was so high that it made him start sweating while lying next to me! I don't think I ate anything solid for nearly a week. When I finally had an appetite again, all I wanted was watermelon. As a Texan, that's a year round option, but it was nowhere to be found in West Virginia in March! When we got back home I nearly buried my face in watermelon! LOL
     
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    What you had was a febrile seizure, it is the brain telling the body "HEY YOU NEED TO COOL DOWN MAN"
     

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