Sunday I woke up in the middle of night, shaking uncontrollably, dizzy and a little nausea. Justin woke up to find  me freaking out and tried to comfort me. I had been dizzy all weekend and was hoping it would just go away.  After the symptoms lasted all night I became a little concerned.  First thing Monday morning I called and left a message for my doctor.  When I explained everything to the doctor he suggested I come in right away. So I headed uptown on the subway which is not an easy task when you feel dizzy and shaky. My primary care doctor is located at Sloan Kettering in the pediatric unit.  Upon arrival the nurses did all of the routine vitals and were not able to read my blood pressure.   The doctors decided to run several blood teasts, urine tests and an EKG (heart test). 

While patiently waiting for my bed to become available I watched many family’s with sick children. I was extremely touched by there remarkable courage. Most of them were connected to IV’s or some form of machine. Some of them were in wheel chairs while others ran around playfully.  I felt like I could relate to many of them. Every time I see a sick child it reminds me how important the Save the cord foundations mission is.

They  started an IV and put me in a shared room with a  very sick, crying toddler and her lovely parents. The poor little girl was receiving a transfusion of plasma which is extremely uncomfortable.  She was understandably upset until she finally fell asleep. I was receiving vitamins through my IV while I waited anxiously for my test results to come back.  Finally after what seemed like days of waiting the doctors came in with the results. My diagnosis was a bladder infection, not good news but it defiantly could have been worse. They started me on a very strong dose of antibiotic one dose which I received intravenously.

Since I was still dizzy from my medicine the doctors wouldn’t let me leave alone. I called my sister Audrey who was at work and she came right over to the hospital. I was at the hospital a total of 5 and a half hours and I was ready to get home. A quick stop at the pharmacy and I was back to the apartment. I hadn’t eaten anything all day so Justin surprised me with one of my favorite meals from Peep along with desert from Sweet Revenge. It was the perfect ending to a very long day.

Together We CAN Help Save Lives,

Natalie Curry