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I seem to have bad luck in NYC. When I was in grad school I came as part of a summer internship, and stepped on broken glass in a night club. This visit, I woke up yesterday with severe pain in my left shoulder. I must have slept the wrong way, or, rather, several ways. I was OK throughout the day when I was either sitting upright or standing, but when I returned to the hotel and tried to go to bed, I couldn't find a comfortable position to sleep in, and the pain worsened considerably. The hotel engages an on-call doctor who makes house calls, but the practice doesn't take insurance, so I just took a deep breath and got a cab to go to NYU Medical Center's emergency room.

It was fine. The admitting nurse was from the city I was born, the cardiologist (I had to get an EKG because any pain on the left side could be a sign of a heart attack) was a young Fil-Am guy, and the clerk was a nice Haitian man who indulged my French. I was "fast-tracked" and got the aforementioned EKG as well as an x-ray, and a physical exam. Still, it was not the most fun three hours I could think of. I still didn't sleep well, but I feel better now, and MoBob arrives this evening.

I now understand physically, as well as intellectually, how people can get addicted to painkillers. Within an hour of taking the magic pill I felt like 80% of the pain was gone.
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On March 3rd, 2012 04:26 am (UTC), wendye commented:
Sorry girlfriend. I hope you feel better and med-free soon
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On March 8th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
thanks!!!
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On March 3rd, 2012 06:24 am (UTC), 13oct commented:
*hugs* Hope u feel better soon.

When I have my bouts of chronic back pain, I swear I am ready to do just about anything to stop the crippling pain. And that is a truly terrifying fact because it is just so easy to reach the place where you need the pain meds all the time.
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On March 8th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I was so happy to have them - and scared that I'd love them too much!
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On March 4th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC), themenow commented:
Man, I've never heard of someone being allergic to a city before, but it sounds like you might be allergic to NYC. And I'm even more shocked that you only had a 3 hour ER visit in NYC! Amazing!

So what did they tell you? Was it just sleeping on it wrong? I hope that was it.

When I had my first round of kidney stones, I was given painkillers. Oh man! I joke about them giving me the best sleep I have ever had in my life. But yeah, once you realize just how potent those things are it can be a little scary. When I had surgery a couple of years ago I thought woo I'm going to sleep really well but I only took two doses and I puked both times. I realized I didn't really need the pain killers, I wasn't in pain. Advil was good enough if I needed anything. Plus not puking was so nice LOL.
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On March 8th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It was some sort of muscle sprain. I got heavy duty ibuprofen too so I'm all set on the meds.
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