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Headaches and heartaches - The Rancho Commons — LiveJournal
Note to self: no whining, no slacking
Headaches and heartaches
Last night I came home early with a headache I'd had all day. I had been taking Tylenol and Advil all day and it had been waxing and waning, but it never left completely. I got home just about midnight, took some Alleve and narcotic cough syrup (not for a cough, but to ensure sleep!) and sacked out, after having slept several hours prior to work. I slept from about 1am till about 3:10pm. The headache's gone, but my back is killing me! ;-) Once I get moving around a bit, my back should loosen up, though.

I don't know why I developed the headache or why it was so hard to get rid of. I had an eye appointment the day before and my eyes had been dilated. They were very light sensitive, but I never developed a headache, so I don't think it was related to that. All I know is, I was nearly non-functional at times at work and I can't afford that! I'm glad the census and staffing was such that I was able to come home. It is possible that someone else (who was "on call") got called in later in the night if the census went up. I hope not, but I didn't really need to stay.

I will be doing charge the next two nights, so it's not like I'm going to have a "slack" weekend because I got off last night! Weekends in the Trauma ICU are rarely boring.

This week a guy named Chad Jones died in our unit. He was 20 years old. He worked at the hospital and was liked by everyone. His job was delivering medical supplies that we ordered to the units. He was always very fast and efficient and we used to kid him about his speed in delivery. I've never known anyone who died in our unit before (which makes me lucky, I know, in 4.5 years) and it saddens me that Chad died. He wasn't drunk, he wasn't doing drugs. He was driving too fast on a familiar road near his home when he lost control, rolled and hit a tree. Who hasn't done something so innocent and stupid in their life?

There, but for the grace of God, go I.

I hope Chad rests in peace.
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caramaea From: caramaea Date: August 26th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
How terribly sad about Chad... he was so young. :(
tinamarie From: tinamarie Date: August 27th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
OH man..sorry about Chad. He was so young.

I've had an on and off again headache for 4 days...I've been taking motrin and it's helping. I think the headache is coming from tensed muscles in my neck and shoulders ... where I save all of my stress. Have you tried motrin?
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: September 1st, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Advil and Motrin are both brand names for ibuprofen. Yes, I'm VERY familiar with it! Alleve is the brand name for naproxen sodium, which is somewhat like a 12 hour version of ibuprofen, if you haven't tried it.
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