May 30th, 2006


Zoo debates age-old question: Offer more animals or offer beer?

Wow did I have a crazy weekend! Sunday night I got a weird feeling in my stomach after Angie and I had dinner. I fought it most of the night but finally figured it would be best to make myself throw up. After that I didn't really feel any better but went to sleep anyway. Over the course of the night I think I got up every hour to: to go the bathroom, get a drink of water (I was really thirsty), get terrible chills, go back to bad and pass out. That repeated for about seven hours, it was miserable. I was so exhausted and cold that I didn't know what was going on.

The next morning I got up and felt miserable. I was very lightheaded, had trouble breathing, and had absolutely no energy. I called my mom to tell her we were probably going to cancel Gabe's baptism and that I needed to go to the hospital. I passed out (blacked out) on the futon for the next hour or two. My parents came over and we took two cars to the emergency room. I've never been so exhausted or thirsty in my entire life. We got to the hospital and after some initial checking they were able to determine that I had a 103.8 degree fever, and I was severely dehydrated. They gave me an ivy and started pumping me full of fluids.

I got several chest x-rays that I kept blacking out through. I remember the doctor asking me if I could hold on to this, or lean this other way and I could barely move. I just keep losing focus and wanting to sleep. After the chest x-rays I got a cat scan on my stomach to see if I had an abscess. With my colitis they were concerned that perhaps I had a major infection in my colon that was causing the fever and ultimately the dehydration too.

They didn't find anything on any of the scans, but I started responding immediately after I got some fluids. All told they put five liters (1.3 gallons) of saline in my arm in the first day. After three liters I was awake and coherent again. My blood pressure was still low, and my heart rate was high so they decided to move me to the ICU to keep an eye on me for a while. After my vitals stabilized in the ICU they moved me to a regular room where I spent the next two days recovering.

What the doctors think happened was that I got a 12 hour flu/cold and the combination with my colitis just severely dehydrated me and knocked me out. Angie said that several of the girls she hangs out with had a 12 hour stomach bug so perhaps that was it. Luckily it was on a three day weekend and my parents were able to take the baby for most of the time to give Angie time to recover and spend time with me at the hospital. Thanks to all my friends who came up to the hospital to keep me company. It was really boring when you guys were gone.

Side Note: Canby Telcom TV is way better than hospital TV.


New Zealand divers set world record for underwater ironing. In other news, people can iron underwate

Wow! I haven't really mowed my lawn in about four weeks so it was looking pretty ratty. My dad is a huge yard guy so while I was in the hospital I was talking about how I needed to get my lawn mowed. He offered to come over and mow it today about 10 minutes before I was gonna offer one of the boyz a six pack to come do it. So that was one less thing I had to worry about.

Probably four seconds after my dads car pulls in to the driveway Russ pulls up on his bike, "I just showed up to mow your lawn, I heard you weren't feeling well." Russ and my dad decide to split doing string trimming and mowing and they go to town. Fourty five minutes later my yard looks a hundred times better and all it cost me was two glasses of ice water. I've got the best friends.