A first time for everything?

By MysD
@mysdianait (64058)
Italy
March 30, 2016 3:59am CST
Well I thought I had done everything but how wrong I was as I had not considered that since I came here to Italy over forty years ago, I had never been in ambulance. That is now no longer the case. A week ago during the evening I suddenly started having pains in the lower part of my abdomen. It didn't feel like my stomach and I was not feeling sick, just excruciating pains which kept getting worse and worse. When I started having a cold sweat I was worried and called the caretaker. As soon as she saw me she called an ambulance and they whisked me off to hospital There I had blood and urine tests and tranquilisers and something in a drip and after three hours, when I was no longer in pain but quite weak, I was sent home with instructions to return in the morning for a check-up with the urologist. I returned and have a list of tests to do in three weeks from now, once the antibiotics which he gave me are out of my system. So I think I am back but, as I am not sure what caused the problem last week yet, I don't know for how long, though hopefully it was a one-off. Have you been in an ambulance?
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
31 Mar 16
No, I haven't and I sure hope I never will... Please take care of yourself and I hope they will soon confirm what caused the problem.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
I hope that you will neveave to go for that ride I wish I didn't have to wait three weeks before doing the tests as it seems so long but I understand that the antibiotics must be out of my system so I will pull out the patience again
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@hereandthere (31009)
• Philippines
30 Mar 16
it sounds like a stone. i'm glad the caretaker was there to call the ambulance.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
I have a sneaky feeling it will turn out to be a stone too. I hope that if it was that it has gone and I will not have more pain like that as it was so bad! Yes the caretaker is an angel here!
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• Philippines
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait maybe you can drink more water to help it pass?
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
@hereandthere Yes I am already attempting to drink much more than before but it is not an easy task.
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@LadyDuck (157086)
• Switzerland
30 Mar 16
I have been in an Italian ambulance, not as a patient, but to accompany my father-in-law. I was thinking at you this morning, as it was a long time I did not see you around. I hope it's nothing serious.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
I hope so too but I have to wait to do the tests (which is annoying) I also hope that while I am waiting (three weeks at least while the antibiotics are out of my system) it doesn't happen again. The doctor did give me some tablets to take though if it does (and that makes me think that it might ) I have never accompanied anyone in an ambulance and never ever thought about going in one at all.
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@LadyDuck (157086)
• Switzerland
30 Mar 16
@mysdianait Do you have at least the results of the tests they did the day you were admitted to the hospital? They must have an idea of the problem. I know that in Italy nothing is quick and easy.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
@LadyDuck Yes I have those and they suspect a urinary infection caused the pain that evening. there was also blood in my urine and the antibiotics should have dealt with an infection if there was one. Only after three weeks can I have more tests done once the antibiotics are out of my system. I also have to have an ecografia and that is booked for mid June ( ) so I will have to have that done privately as almost three months to wait is out of the question.
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@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
30 Mar 16
I hope you feel better, and that the tests proves that it was just a one off! I've only been in an ambulance once. It was when I was in university and also started having pains in my abdomen. I went to the school infirmary and then found out that I needed an appendectomy. So, the ambulance was called. I can remember being stuck in traffic (or maybe it was just the ambulance trying to weave its way around traffic), and seeing people from the window of the ambulance seeing me lying there. The pain was on and off, and I can remember waving at people in traffic.
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• Philippines
1 Apr 16
"and I can remember waving at people in traffic"
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Yes I hope that will be the case too. Waving out of the window? I just stared at the ceiling and if my eyes closed for too long the nurse told me to open them. If I had started waving she would probably have dropped me off LOL
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• Philippines
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait i guess the nurse was keeping you awake and alert
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@allknowing (65047)
• India
30 Mar 16
Hope you are in good hands. I was taken in an ambulance with alert sound and all when I had that near fatal road accdent. When they brought me home I told them not to make that alert sound. They laughed and said you are now going home and not to a hospital.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
Yes I totally trust the doctors here and I'm sure they will eventually get to the bottom of whatever the problem is. Here the alert sound is always on and it is rare that the ambulance also accompanies you back home. My son took me back when I was dismissed.
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@allknowing (65047)
• India
30 Mar 16
@mysdianait Since I was advised total bedrest I had to get back in an ambulance the first time.
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• United States
1 Apr 16
@allknowing That is different than here as well. The ambulance does not bring you home, even if you have to be on total bedrest. Well, I guess that is not entirely true. It will bring you home if you are terminal or in need of round-the-clock care that can be done in your home.
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
30 Mar 16
I have never been in an ambulance either, and I hope that I never do have to ride in one. It is great to see you bacvk, as I wondered where you were. I know I have missed you, and I am sure others have to. I am glad that you rpains subsided, and I hpe you never get them again. Having any kuind of pain is no fun at all. Just take care of yourself, and hopefully it will never happen again.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Once I know what caused it then it will be easier to understand whther it will/might return and then stop worrying about it. In the meantime I hope to stay concentrated for longer stretches each day and get back here like before as I have missed you all!
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@rosekiss (30273)
• Eugene, Oregon
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait We have certainly missed you being here as well. I know I have, as I really like interacting with you and the others. I have a lot of fun while here, and I hope that I can continue for a long time.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
@rosekiss That is what I enjoy doing here too and I will try my best to be here over the weekend. Unless I glance at the sofa I should be here for longer stretches too.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Mar 16
Have you ever had kidney stones? I was in an ambulance once. Thought I was having a heart attack but found it was plerisy.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
No never but I think that is what might be behind this incident. That was bad but better than a heart attack I guess, right?
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
30 Mar 16
@mysdianait ......No, it was plerisy.
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• United States
31 Mar 16
Kidney or Gall Stones came to mind for me as well when I read this. I hope whatever it is you'll be well taken care of. I had an aunt who nearly had a rupture from them, and had to go into emergency surgery.
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@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
30 Mar 16
Not in Italy, but I've had several rides in them here...7 or 8 times to the best of my recollection, the last time being last year after my stroke.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
I wonder how ours compare to yours. I went in one as a teen in UK after a car accident but I don't remember that as a long time has passed since then.
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@JolietJake (51149)
• United States
30 Mar 16
@mysdianait I guess actually I had two rides last year...one from work to the hospital, and then about 36 hours later when I was transferred to a different hospital about 120 miles away.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
@JolietJake Do you have to pay when you use an ambulance? Here it should be free in the case of an emergency but in some cases you receive a bill later. If I had used one to return home then I would have had to pay.
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• United States
1 Apr 16
Yup, I have been in an ambulance a couple of times. I would concur that it does sound like you probably have kidney stones. They are awful. I know that sometimes they can give you medicine to help dissolve them, but other times they let them pass naturally. I hope that you are feeling better soon and can come back to play with us!
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
If that is the case then I hope that I passed them last week when I had all the pain as I don't want to go through that again Here they bombard them to dissolve them too. I won't know (unless I get another bout like last week) for another three or four weeks and that is frustrating. I miss playing too and I will try to get back into the swing of it again over the weekend
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• United States
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait My poor baby had a kidney infection when she was little ... I think I told you about it. I have had them, and I know how painful they can be, but it was even worse when she had it. The weird thing is that hers came on so fast, but I think that can happen, especially in young children. Mine had warning signs before it was a full-blown kidney infection, and once I knew the warning signs I could usually stop it before it got too bad.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
2 Apr 16
@purplealabaster Yes I do remember you telling me. So sad that something like that also affects children too as the pain is so,ething that they should not have to go through If my problem is indeed kidney stones then I hope that I will know before the next (if there is one) attack so that I can be prepared too, though I do have strong tablets for pain prescribed by the urologist which I didn't have before.
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@much2say (39159)
• United States
1 Apr 16
Oh my goodness! Well I hope you are feeling better now and that all will be ok when you take those tests!!! I've only been in an ambulance once - but not for "me" - it was Hubby as we had gotten in the car accident when we were 18 and he needed to be whisked off to the hospital for head injuries - and I went along. I didn't get to ride in the back with him - I rode next to the driver.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Oh that is odd that you were not in the back with him surely? Or maybe his injuries neede treatment during the journey so it was best you did not watch. Yes I have had no more pain since last week but something is not right yet and I can't wait to be able to do thise tests and know what is really wrong
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@much2say (39159)
• United States
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait He had a cut on his forehead - but maybe they thought I should stay away since I was in hysterics repeating "omg, omg, omg" - as I was only 18 and had never been in an accident. I'm glad you're not in pain but yah, I hope they get to the root of this! Last year something similar happened to a fellow mom - it turned out to be a stone (as I read in the comments below that it might be that). She said she was in so much pain that she was in tears - and she said that never happens to her. But I guess getting stones runs in her family.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
2 Apr 16
@much2say I eas involved in a car accidnet at 17 and I remember that too. I was a passenger and in those days we didn't wear (or have?) seat belts and I was thrown through the window. That was my first and only accident and I remember the omg feeling too. The idea that my problem might be a stone is daunting as I don't want to have to go through that pain again as it really is horrid
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@suni51 (2991)
• India
3 Apr 16
I never thought it with that point of view I think I have yet to enter in an ambulance myself. I hope that's one ride I would like to avoid though. What was your problem, was it related to stones or not diagnosed as yet?
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
3 Apr 16
It was decided in ER that it could have been a urinart tract infection but I will not know for sure until the results of the tests which I will have in almost three weeks from now. The antibiotics seem to have settled things, at least for the moment. I do hope that you avoid a trip in an ambulance!
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@suni51 (2991)
• India
3 Apr 16
@mysdianait take lots of alkalizer and drink as much water as you can by the time the report comes. UTI is not a serious problem but it could well be an indication of stones either in kidney or urinary bladder. Not necessarily though
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
3 Apr 16
@suni51 Yes I am indeed drinking much more water than ever before gopig that it serves some purpose as I don't like it.
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@nanette64 (17610)
• Fairfield, Texas
30 Mar 16
Are they sure it's not your appendix @mysdianait ? That could be extremely dangerous to wait for 3 weeks to find out.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Yes it was not in the right area for it to have been my appendix. I was not feeling sick or anything either.
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@nanette64 (17610)
• Fairfield, Texas
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait The reason I mention that is that at age 59, my appendix ruptured. For the first couple of days it just felt like I had a lot of gas penned up and my abdomen felt like someone punched me. On the 3rd day, the gas feeling moved to the lower right quadrant. THEN I started vomiting bile. I was rushed to the hospital immediately into surgery. The doctor said I had about 1 hour left to live.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
@nanette64 OMG! You were so lucky indeed! My pain was really like huge needles all inside the lower part of my abdomen and not to the right or the eft. Surely if it was my appendis it would have shown in the blood tests that I had in ER? My father was middle-aged when he had his removed too. I can remeber that day even though I was only very young.
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• United States
31 Mar 16
I was just thinking of you yesterday and wondering where you might have been off to. I am glad you are back here with us today but sorry about all of the pain. Hoping they can tell you exactly what is going on and get it fixed for you. I have been in an ambulance but I was a very little girl and do not remember the experience. I do not wish to repeat it however.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
I hope so too and it won't be soon enough either as it is frustrating not knowing whether it might return or not. I cross my fingers for you in the hope that you will not have to have another ride. We can do without that trip!
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• United States
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait That kind of pain is one that I would not wish to repeat either. I've never experienced it but it does sound like it could be kidney stones and I saw my aunt go through that. It was not pleasant.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
2 Apr 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum It is frustrating that I can't have the tets done until at least three more weeks and therefore have a long wait to be able to get to the bottom of whatever caused the problem in the first place. Hopefully it was just an infection and not stones as I don't really want to have go through that again.
@Daljinder (21541)
• India
30 Mar 16
I suspected something must have happened since you disappeared the second time. That must have been a scary experience. Take care of yourself please and follow doctor's instructions. Hopefully the tests that you have in future turns out good and nothing serious.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
Thank you and I hope so too. Fingers crossed!
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@Daljinder (21541)
• India
30 Mar 16
Mine are crossed too...
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
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@rebelann (41188)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Mar 16
Yes, it's no fun that's a fact. I hope you'll be back in the peak of health in no time.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Thank you! I hope it will all soon be a thing of the past too and that I can get back into a routine again.
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@rebelann (41188)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Apr 16
I'll pray for you @mysdianait
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
2 Apr 16
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• United States
30 Mar 16
A few albulance rides, mostly due to auto accidents years ago - one was when I was 3 and other I was in my 20's... Hope they figure it out and get you back to normal...or better than normal!
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Oh I hope all of those rides left no permanent damage! Better than normal? LOL
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• United States
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait It's hard to tell!!!!
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Hahahahahaha
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
30 Mar 16
I have not been in an ambulance since childhood and hope that the opportunity does not arise.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
I did not have an ambulance ride on my 'to do' list either LOL
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
30 Mar 16
@mysdianait Maybe not, but it is on your 'have done' list.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
@Asylum Also on my 'don't want to do that again' list, too!
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@allen0187 (33125)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
Hope you are fine now @mysdianait . No, I haven't been in an ambulance. Hopefully, there won't be a need for me to ride one.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
4 Apr 16
Long time no see! Yes I have not had another pain attack but now I have to wait for tests in three weeks to see what caused it and the wait is frustrating. I hope that you will never have to have a ride in an ambulance. Take care!
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@allen0187 (33125)
• Philippines
4 Apr 16
@mysdianait you take care as well!
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
4 Apr 16
@allen0187 Will do!
@JESSY3236 (6501)
• United States
31 Mar 16
I have. I fell down a cliff when I was younger. I had to get stitches in my head. It also caused me to limp for awhile too. I was visiting a local park. It was raining when were leaving. I was running to the parking lot. I slipped and fell down the cliff. I didn't know I fell.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
Oh my gosh! That must have been a really bad fall and I guess you were terrified at the time. I presume all is well now with no aftermath.
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@JESSY3236 (6501)
• United States
1 Apr 16
@mysdianait Actually I wasn't scared. I guess I was more shocked then scared. When I was in the hospital I kept saying that I worried about going to school. lol. I still have a limp when I get really tired.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
@JESSY3236 If all that you were left with was a limp then you can be happy
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
30 Mar 16
Oh dear. Your absence here and the other place had me in worry. And reading this discussion, I feel a little happy( that you are safe) and also sad (that you have some undiagnosed ailment as of now). I had been in an ambulance only once when we were using its services to get a friends momma to the hospital. It was way back in early 1990s and here at my place, back then, the roads were not that great. It was more of a bumpy ride for sure. Gladly, we made it to the hospital and all were safe.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
30 Mar 16
Yes I am safe and Iìm sure that once I can have the tests done then I will know what the problem is and then get it trested. In the meantime I am so tired and can't be here like before but hopefully that is only temporary. My ride was only bumpy when the ambulance went over those ridges that are supposed to slow the traffice down but it is a short journey from my home to the hospital so there weren't many of them at all
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
30 Mar 16
@mysdianait I do hope that the tests reveal something very common and nothing critical. I did read someone mentioning Kidney Stones - which are all easy to cure. Please keep us informed. Wishing you a god health always dear MysD. Ah yes, I do understand those ridges. We have some of them still surviving specially around the college and other educational places. Good that you did not have to encounter too many of them
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
1 Apr 16
@thesids I want to think that if the doctor had an idea that there was anything critical involved he would have kept me in rather than sending me back home. Time will tell