Thursday, December 04, 2008

So yesterday, about an hour before the Washington Wizards were to play their game against the Portland Trailblazers, my back starting throbbing like crazy, and I felt incredibly dizzy. Because I am a stubborn man, instead of sitting down and getting my bearings, I just started walking a bit slower and leaning against the wall. But it was not getting any better at all, and one of the Verizon Center staff members noticed and said man you don't look good. I told I was fine, and I kept going, but when he noticed how close I was to falling, he grabbed my arm and helped me outside.

Once I was outside, I thought the 30 degree air would shake and wake me up, so I sat down for minute, but even the policeman out there asked me if I was alright, and again I lied and said yes. He told me I couldn't sit where I was sitting, and I went to move to an acceptable area, and again I almost fell, so he said, "Sir, I am calling the ambulance", and he did just that. That was at 6:30pm.

While in the ambulance, they took my blood pressure and it said 151/103, which is extremely high for me, but everything else seemed to be normal. I wanted them to take me to George Washington Hospital, but apparently all the DC area hospitals were busy last night, so they had to take me to the least busy one, which happened to be in Southeast DC. Not good. But hey, beggers can't be choosers right?

While I was in the hospital, they did EKGs, CT scans, blood and urine tests, and they took my blood pressure, and set up an IV with fluids. My blood pressure gradually came down the longer I was there, and it was determined that 1)I was severely dehydrated and 2)I had an unusual amount of wax in my right ear that could have very well caused me to feel dizzy, so they cleaned that out. Unfortunately, they STILL could not tell me what was up with my back, so they told me to see my neurologist as soon as possible, which is next Wednesday. They also told me to stay off my back for 48-72 hours. Tomorrow is the Wizards' biggest game of the year, because Kobe, Phil Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Los Angeles Lakers are coming to town. What kind of timing is this?

But let me not be like that. I'm grateful it wasn't more serious but I'm frustrated that this back issue is still around after a year..and physical therapy did not help at all. And just like that, I got my blog mojo back..

Cameo - Back and Forth

9 comments:

Jazzbrew said...

Damn broski... I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious. That would have scared the hell out of me. Hopefully they can get to bottom of the back issues.

Two thumbs up for the Cameo tune and the triumphant return of your blog mojo.

£ said...

omg Rashad...take care of yourself my dude! like jazzbrew said..im glad it wasn't more serious...but still, reading that was scary enough.

and who knew excessive earwax could cause dizziness? hearing loss sure...then again it makes sense because ears do affect balance...

anyway I'm glad you're feeling well enough to tell the tale. take care of yourself my friend. hopefully the neurologist can get to the bottom the issue. Oh and now that you've got your mojo back give some to me!

Carmen said...

Glad to know you are okay. That was scary. Please take care of yourself. It's good to see that your mojo is back!

Janelle said...

Dear Lord. I'm glad that you are ok. DOn't go scaring me like that, homie!!!

Sab D said...

Dawg, we got to put you on the injured reserve list for a few weeks. Yeah, seeing the lakers win by 20 will be hard to pass up, but your health is more important. I mean, do you need to see Phil Jackson's perm? Or would you prefer that your lady is rubbing your head telling "baby you'll be just fine, I'm going to take care of you" - it's a no brainer. Get some rest playa.

Actually, watching the Wizards play up-close may be source of your ailment. That and the Eagles slumping ... Man you need some new teams.

Chubbs said...

take care of yourself....back problems are awfully debilitating. welcome back, mojo.

Miss. Lady said...

Dang Man! I am glad to hear that it was nothing serious and that you are ok. This is the second time they had to call the engines on you, take care of yourself.

PT takes quite a few sessions before you start to feel better, I hope it eventually works for you.

theradleyfiles said...

black man can't slow down. :(

sixfive said...

damn damn DAMN MAN. That's shitty. At least it's a good excuse to rest all weekend and watch sports.