I misdiagnosed myself that the road accident I had last Monday had been an awesome experience. And while it was, in spite my jarring wrecked nerves, finding the silver lining to the thousand whys... the ringing in my ears only got worse by Day 2. The ringing would turn into whirring that causes dizziness then a massive headache that would turn anyone look like Jack Nicholson's-you-can't handle the truth-face. I'd be literally banging my head on the wall to only feel the pain on another part of my head. I finally went to the ER.
Thought it would be only regular check ups, prescribe a pain reliever, and off I go. I hate hospitals. But they confined me for observation for 24 hours with numerous tests that scared the bejeebers out of faerie. MRI, EEG, CT scan, reflex tests, neuro-thingy tests, psych tests. I keep telling them I'm feeling generally all right except for the ringing and the things that followed after that. I mean, I survived 2 days after the incident. And shared a story here after (they don't know that); but I did share the story at work and they thought I'm superbly marvelous. x p
During the observation time fr
Are you experiencing nose bleeding? Duh. I work with active pharmaceutical ingredients for blood thinning.
Do you feel nauseous or want to vomit? *looks at medical chart* I'm anemic, no? And don't feed me red meat.
Do you remember how the accident happened? I got tired of this question. Seriously. Must have been asked like 500 times.
Are you feeling irritable? I gave the doctor the 'faerie-look'. Duh.
Do you see stars? All the friggin time! I'm sparkly!
Are you feeling sensitive to light and sound? It's awfully pale here, white walls and no music. I'm sensitive to that kind.
Has your manner of speech been different since the accident? I smiled and showed my new retainers.
Are you having a hard time sleeping? I laughed.
Do you feel a sense of disorientation? If you haven't slept enough, then you feel disoriented, no?
Do you have difficulty concentrating or focussing? I do yoga and om.
Do you feel tired, fatigued? I laughed again.
How often do you hear the ringing in your ears? It only stops when I answer it.
Do you experience tingling or numbing sensations? Well... it depends on who I'm talking to!
They extended the observation for 24 more hours. Did I say I hate hospitals? grrr...
After my release, they scheduled me for CT scan. In the city. Really?? You want me to drive all the way there again?! *shakes faeriehead* They said it's the last test and only to rule out anything else.
Diagnosis: Minor concussion - a soft tissue was shaken and bruised by a hard cranial bone, possibly from the impact of the car from the snow when I abruptly stopped in the ditch.
In short, not only were my nerves jarred... my brain was, too. Duh.