I’d been Hospitalized- I thought it’s just an Injection

I was hospitalized last Tuesday because of severe abdominal and stomach pain, I even puked quite a number of times.  In my entire  adulthood life I’d been hospitalized only once before this incident occurred. At first, I just did some self-medication, I’m the kind of person that if I could still tolerate the pain and still deal with it, I’ll do it on my own however after a few hours I feel that I’m getting worst, I decided to call my assistant and  see a doctor.  You’ll never really know until you have it.

The findings quoting exactly what my Chinese Doctor who specializes in Internal Medicine said ” intestinal toxin” or should I say food poisoning.

He prescribed that I should have an injection to remove the toxins out of my system.  At that moment I thought okay I will just have an INJECTION, thinking that the syringe will just hurt a little like an ant’s bite, in Filipino Language  “parang kagat lang ng langgam“. Surprisingly,  it’s not just a simple injection it’s IV (“intravenous”) and four bags of medicines should flow thru my vein.

I am quite scared, it may sound funny or over-acting that a 30-year old adult like me was acting like a child when the nurse did put the syringe.

But I’m just being me. I thought it’s just an Injection, I’m afraid of IV.

So I felt like posting it here, what is “intravenous“. It  is quite properly an adjective. In this guise, it entered the English language around 1849. It means, according to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, “situated, performed, or occurring within or entering by way of a vein.”

Some examples of the use of “intravenous” as an adjective:

  • Intravenous antibiotics refer to the administration into the venous circulation of a solution containing antibiotics;
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin is a sterile solution of concentrated antibodies extracted from healthy people given straight into a vein;
  • An intravenous injection is just that: the giving of something such as drugs into a vein through a syringe.

The accompanying adverb is “intravenously”, as in: “The glucose was given intravenously.”

In more recent years, the word “intravenous” has taken on a second role: as a noun. Thus, “an intravenous” refers to an intravenous fluid drip, a solution (usually a balanced electrolyte solution) administered directly into the venous circulation. Also called a drip.

Above all, I thank God . I’m at home now and just taking some medications. I’m experiencing the effect of the medicine that’s been given to me ’cause every now and then I need to go to the restroom and you may already have the idea what will I do next. Restroom is now my sanctuary( laughing out loud).

Thanks to the doctor and nurses who helped me, my assistant Shanna who patiently stayed with me the whole time I’m at the hospital and assisted me with all my needs. Shawn, our college department director, who made sure that everything that concerns about me is being well taken care of. My family, friends and students who’d been so sweet on checking my condition. I am not trying to make  a big deal out of it, I’m just so thankful and grateful to all the people that God has blessed me especially in situations like this.

It gives me enormous joy that I have them in my life.  Thank you.


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