Monday, September 15, 2008

A trip to the ER

My body is all out of whack.

While I was in disneyland (July 27th-31), I developed a pretty bad ingrown toenail. I've gotten them over and over again in my big toes for the past year or so.

After seeing doctors and getting antibiotics to treat infection and blah blah blah, I finally saw a podiatrist, who performed a double matrixectomy (sliced off little bits of both sides of the toenail on both of my big toes) a little over 2 weeks ago.

After 2 weeks of soaking my feet 3 times a day, I went back for her to check on my recovery. She said there was a chance I would develop an infection, so she prescribed me Azithromycin (a generic for Zythromax), a 5-day antibiotic course. This was a just-in-case measure.

Anywho, yesterday, my body started feeling a little crazy. I was getting these spurts of numbness, tingling, and pins-and-needles feelings down my arms, shoulder to fingertip that lasted for 15 seconds or so each, and were recurring pretty often for many hours. Each time I got that sensation, I would also get really dizzy. When my arms weren't feeling asleep, I was feeling generally lightheaded.

After consulting my typical health sources (WebMD, and facebook chatting with friends who have moms who are nurses), I decided that I should go to the ER.

The doctor at the ER did all these weird neurological tests to make sure my brain was okay, which it is (you don't have to joke about this statement). When I told her about the antibiotic I have been taking, she said that many people have problems on that particular antibiotic with things like vertigo, out-of-body experiences, and numbness. The doctor felt confident that the antibiotic was responsible for all of my symptoms. And since I was on it as a "just-in-case" measure, it's no problem for me to just stop taking it.

The last time I took one was yesterday afternoon, and I'm just waiting for it all to be out of my system. I still have some twitchiness and little bouts of the tingling, though they're not as intense as they were yesterday. I really hope that it's all gone by tuesday, the next time I'm scheduled to work =/

On the bright side, my toes seem to be healing nicely!


cchrissyy said...

wow. glad the toes are improving, and your brain seemed OK ;)

actually, I was lightheaded and feeling yucky yesterday. no tingling or anything, just mildly sick. It's why we decided a long drive and easy walks was the best way to entertain the kids for the day. anyway, I'm just saying, part of it could be you're vaguely sick too.

AmyKMcA said...


I'm glad you're okay. Take care.