Day 3 – In Ward 23

Night Note: 3:15am – 11/06/10. 

I woke up at 2am with a really bad head (I have been given codeine). The whole of my right side feels cold, as if I’ve slept with it out of bed, and it feels like its asleep. Its not, I can move it and I’m writing.My grip feels really weak, I can’t pick up the water with my right hand. Waiting for the nurse to check my obs.

(I would just like to point out that my hand writing is shocking in this particular post in my diary)


I slept really bad that night. Every time I started to fall asleep I got a sharp pain in my head, right across my hairline. I ranged from 4/5 out of 10 and after I had codeine it shot up to 8/9 out of 10. It lasted 2/4 minutes and made me feel sick and dizzy. I was crying at one point.

My right arm and leg are tingling again and my entire cheek felt numb. I’d ask the nurse to poke my cheek so I could check if I could feel it. I could. I seem to have the power back in my hand and the limp isn’t as bad as it was.

I went for an MRI. Before the headache was around 3 or 4 it was at a 9 by the time it had finished. It was horrendous. They give you a button to stop the machine but they don’t like it when you stop them, so I was like I’ll just grit my teeth and keep squeezing on the button and if I squeeze hard enough to stop the machine that it was too much to bear. But I had tears streaming from  my eyes by the time they’d brought me out of the machine. It was awful.

You know, I don’t think I would have been so bad to go through if it didn’t sound like they’d put bricks in a washing machine. And um, hello, MIGRAINE!!! SO NOT WHAT I NEEDED!!! I sobbed and I sobbed and I sobbed. I even let the porter take me back up to the ward in a wheelchair!

One of the neurologist’s team came to see me that afternoon. I was lying on the bed, completely spaced out, in A LOT of pain, even though I’d had pain meds, and I was drowsy. I hadn’t eaten my lunch and I was wearing my sunglasses. She took one look at me and said .. “Yeah, you’re so not going home today.” or words to that effect.

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