OD on the ER

Since I am barely able to function, let alone compose a coherent blog post, I’ve asked my hubby to update ya’ll on the reason why I have been MIA…

It’s been quite a trying week, to say the least.

It all started on Tuesday when I got a call at the office around 10 am. “Ethan’s had a seizure and the paramedics are insisting he go to the ER.” But that wasn’t the last of my visits to the inside of the ER this past week, unfortunately.

Friday morning at the office, at about the same time as on Tuesday, Christine called saying she’d been taking a shower, passed out and had to lay on the bathroom floor until she could manage to get to the phone. Her neck and head were in massive pain, she was extremely dizzy and her arms were numb. Not good, not good at all.

I rushed home and found her laying on the bed, barely able to move. Diane, our next door neighbor, was kind enough to watch the kids until Christine’s sister, Sara, could get here so I could take Christine to the Med 7, a type of emergency room. I dropped her off because I needed to take Ethan to his scheduled appointment to follow up on his incident on Tuesday. We returned and watched as Christine was tested for the next four hours for all sorts of things from the flu to mono. Everything was negative, thankfully. But that didn’t help explain why she was hurting so bad.

After Chris was prescribed pain killers and muscle relaxers, I took her home and she slept for the next 24 hours straight, until Saturday afternoon. By then, her pain was worse (when the pain killers wore off) and I knew we needed to get her head examined to be sure it wasn’t something more serious.

We dropped the kids off at our good friends’ house and I took Chris to the real ER. Hours later, the CT scan came back negative, which was a huge praise, but it still didn’t tell us why she was hurting so bad. The doctor thinks that it is a migraine mixed with severe muscle tension. But who knows. They used the IV to inject hospital grade pain killers and the result left her feeling better than she had in days.


Still, Chris hasn’t been able to move her neck or head much. She’s very stiff and in a lot of pain. Monday we’ll hopefully see the neurologist and get an MRI. We’re beginning to think it may be a pinched nerve, but getting any real diagnosis has been difficult.

In the meantime, we are very thankful to friends and family for stepping in to help in this difficult time, especially by being there to watch our children. I can’t imagine my wife functioning with six kids, not being able to stand for very long or move around much. May God grant us wisdom on how to proceed.


  1. says

    Hugs to you all. I’m not much of a prayer but I’ll do my best to let that guy above know that y’all need him right now. Please let me know if there’s anything that I can do.

  2. says

    please know that my thoughts and prayers are being said for you family – so much going on – hopefully the docs can figure out something fast…keep us updated –hugs!!!

  3. says

    My children, husbend, and I will keep your beautiful family in our prayers! God’s plan is sometimes uncertain when we are going through hard times, but he will protect you.

  4. says

    Hang in there Christine! It’s time for you to truly rest and do nothing (which probably never happens right?). Sounds like you’re in good hands. Hope you’re feeling better soon! I’m sending positive thoughts in your direction!!

  5. says

    Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to keep us all posted. I know how hard and busy a time this must be for your family but know that your virtual fam is out here thinking and praying for you all. BIG HUGS for a solid diagnosis and speedy recovery.

  6. says

    I’ve been reading all of these posts and this week must’ve been so scary. It’s very strange that both things occurred so close together. Is there any way they could be related?

  7. LyndiLou says

    Good luck with everything!!! I hope that you’re feeling better and that you find some answers as to what is going on so you don’t have anything to worry about! I’ll pray for you! :)