It started out with a cough, how did it end up like this?
Posted Jun 28 2009 12:00am
Friday night, I developed a little bit of a soar throat and cough.It was nothing a few Luden’s couldn’t help and so I went to sleep soundly that evening.The next morning at 8:30 am, Aviva, my wife, woke me up to go to synagogue.She knew something was up when I accusingly said,“Why do you love Starbucks so much?Does it bother you that I know you go to Starbucks so often?”Anyone who knows my wife, knows she hates Starbucks, it’s just too expensive.When I then told her the Yankees were breaking into the house, she knew something was wrong.See, I know nothing about baseball and even less about the Yankees in particular.I had never suffered from encephalopathy, a common symptom of a cirrhotic liver where ammonia builds up in the liver.This harmful chemical, which the liver is supposed to detoxify, can often lead to confusion and loss of memory.I had taken an ambien the night before and so figuring I was just tired, Aviva told me to go back to sleep.
When I woke several hours later, though, I was still very discombobulated.I felt very uneasy on my feet and very weak.Although I was no longer speaking nonsense, when I spiked a fever, Aviva knew to call the doctor.The doctor told us to come to the hospital right away and we came to emergency room.Fast forward 36 hours and I am still in the hospital.Although over a day has passed, the doctors are still not sure why I have the fever and why it won’t go away.Most likely this is another cholangitis flair-up, but as it developed so quickly no one is quite positive.An x-ray and an ultrasound both came back negative for cholangitis, but tomorrow I have an ERCP (a procedure where they look at the liver endoscopically) scheduled so we can better find out what is wrong. If everything goes smoothly after that, I can hopefully be discharged in the next couple of days.Until then, though, I should have some extra time for the blog and I will keep everyone posted as I know more.