Saturday, October 27, 2012

There's more than one way to get out of school...

So I had an eventful week this week, and I just wanted to get it written down while it's still fresh :)

So Monday and Tuesday I woke up feeling kind of nauseous, but Monday I woke up and got ready and I felt fine the rest of the day, just a little tired. However, Tuesday I woke up and threw up. I think I might have blacked out for a minute after throwing up, but I was half asleep so I'm not sure. So I took a shower, and slept for an hour then woke up and got ready to go to school to get some sub plans/activities ready and talk to Teresa (my facilitator). I got to school and went into the copy room and started making copies and cutting papers, when all of a sudden I felt REALLY nauseous and light headed so I stopped cutting and shut my eyes for a second. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground and the other two teachers in the workroom were next to me.
"are you ok?!"
"yeah, yeah I'm fine!"
" just passed out!"
"Oh! Ok"
"Are you hurt at all?"
"No, I'm ok!"
"Uh, your head is bleeding!"
"Oh! Ok!"
(the head wound) 
I was a little out of it. Hahahaha. But I was aware of everything going on just a little shaken. When I fell, apparently I took out a shelf and cut my head open. I also think I hit my elbow pretty hard because it's still hurting. Someone called 911, and the EMTs came in and started checking my vitals. Everything was good except my blood sugar was a little low so they brought me some apple juice. They told me I should probably go to the ER and they could take me or I could have someone else drive me. I asked if someone could drive me (so I wouldn't have to pay for an ambulance. hahahaha) So they wrapped my head in gauze and walked me out to the car. One of the school secretaries, Verna, took me to the ER with her to get checked out. While we were driving there, I texted Tyler and asked him if he could pick me up from the ER and drive me home.  At the ER, they put me in a chair and the nurse took my vitals again and sent the doctor in. While the doctor was talking to me, I started to feel like I did earlier so I asked for some apple juice. The doctor went to go get it, and Verna went and got me a barf bag. Right as Verna came in, she watched me roll off the chair and onto the floor. At that point they helped me walk to another room with a bed with rails so I couldn't fall out if I blacked out again. Then they hooked me up to an IV and took some blood samples. Then they did a CAT scan, an EKG, and took a urine sample. Lots of firsts there :)
My entourage :) 
ALL of the tests came back normal, my white blood cell count was a little low which the doctor said could be a little virus or from stress. So once they knew everything was normal, they got to the cut in my head. They gave me a tetnus shot , and put two staples in my head. At first I was like, NO WAY do I want staples!! But for stitches, they have to cut some hair, and numb the head and it takes longer. With staples, they just staple it and you're done! No numbing and it hurts less (apparently...) So I went with the staples...Just before I left my Relief Society President came by to check on my (word travels fast up here...) To make sure I was ok, I had to walk around the halls with a little bit with a nurse and not passed out. And I passed :) So after 4 hours, they let me go and Tyler took me home. He went and picked up some anti-nausea medicine and my car and stuck around with me for the rest of the night to make sure I didn't pass out again.
My IV- Those suckers hurt! :( 
I stayed home the next day to fully recover and went back to school on Thursday. I've been feeling just fine since then, so I have NO idea where that came from! I've never passed out before this and I hope I never do again! It's a really bizzare experience!!! But there are so many things I am grateful for about this experience!! I am so glad that I passed out before school and in the work room so my kids didn't see anything!! I'm so grateful that there were two other teachers in there to help me out when I fell! I'm especially grateful for all the support and love I received from my friends and family in Heber and around the country! I got flowers, cards, visits, and lovely texts!! One of my students came to my house to check on me, another student sent me an email,  four sisters from my relief society came over to check on me. my mom and Teresa sent me flowers, Tyler bought me a card and balloon, the other intern had his class make me a card, and my class all made me cards. SO many blessings in my life!!! Things like this sure make me grateful for "normal" days and for good health!!

(My two staples)

(The hospital bracelet) 

That big white board is the shelf I knocked over when I fell and those boxes over there fell on my head

(All the lovin I got from friends and family) 

 There have been a lot of jokes and puns from this event such as, "Kate, there are better ways to get out of bus evacuation drills" "Jeez Kate, stop trying to get so much attention!" (since I don't get enough as a teacher ;) ) "Ms. Erekson, you can't go in the copy room by yourself!!! We're coming in with you to catch you!" After getting my head wrapped -"Kate you're a little early for Halloween!"

So that's my story :)