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.
*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.
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.