Steele’s Normal Monday Turns Into A Trip To The Hospital
It started out as a normal Monday. Up at 3am, shower, dressed, all ready to go to work. Then it hit me. I had a feeling that sent me running to the bathroom and I got sick. Only I hadn’t eaten since 6pm the night before. When I looked down, I saw light red in the liquid. It alarmed me, but I headed into work – and a few minutes after I arrived at work, it happened again. Only this time it was more intense. So I calmly walked down to Brain’s office and said, “hey man, I’m throwing up blood…I am gonna head to the ER.”
A few hours and an endoscopy later they found the culprit – an pretty significant bleeding ulcer. I was admitted to the CCU (Critical Care Unit) at St Luke’s. They had cauterized the ulcer and stopped the bleeding, but they wanted to keep me overnight for observation. I was released yesterday afternoon and I can’t say enough great things about the doctors, nurses and staff at St Luke’s. They’ve pinpointed the cause (NSAID use – aspirin, ibuprofen, etc…) so I have completely cut those out and I am on the mend! Thanks to everyone who sent messages, offered up thoughts and prayers. The pics below include the first solid food I was allowed after 32 hours of nothing but liquids, and also my face when they uncovered the food!