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.