So, husband eventually went to the Emergency Department. He did try to get in to see our GP, but she’s on vacation for another 2 weeks. He sat in the waiting room for about 2 1/2 hours, which really, is pretty quick (even though he disagreed somewhat). They hooked him up to IVs and gave him drugs. None of which seemed to help at all. They gave him a Pink Lady, which didn’t seem to help at all. They checked his heart (again), and did a chest x-ray, but no other tests. they gave him another pink lady (which is Maalox and lidocaine). Then they gave him some Percocet. They seem to feel it is just severe reflux, combined with abdominal pain from retching for 3 days, and possibly some small esophageal tears. But they did no tests, and didn’t seem overly concerned. And then they sent him home. He at least got a doctor’s note. I am convinced he at least needs an endoscopy, to actually make sure there is no damage, but what do I know, right?
He tried to go to work again yesterday. Lasted about an hour, then they sent him home because he looked so wretched. He’s still in a lot of pain. If he was anyone else, I’d tell him to suck it up and just get on with it. But he has a pain tolerance like no one I’ve ever seen. Sometimes, you don’t even know he’s in pain, cuz he just holds it all in, doesn’t wince, grimace, or cry out. But he’s been whimpering in his sleep. Every time he moves. So I know he’s in pain. He’s hardly eating anything either. Not that the both of us couldn’t stand to eat a whole lot less, but not like this. But a full grown man can’t exist on 2 spoonfuls of yogurt and a saltine cracker.
He’s gone in to work today. The pain is slowly getting better, but the fact that it’s still there, worries me. Also, his work seems totally ok with this, even though he’s only been there about 2 weeks, and at least half that time he’s been sick. I’m not entirely convinced though. He’s had employer’s say that before: “no, no, everything is fine. Don’t you worry about it! You just look after yourself!” …and then they fire him.
So ya. I’m a little concerned.