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In which she might be the death of me


Its time for the continuing adventures of “Keely in LaLa Land.”  Today’s episode involves, YOU GUESSED IT, a random illness and a doctor’s visit.


Here’s what went down.  As you may or may not know, Keely (my eldest child for you people who are new) has recently moved out to LA to work as a PA (Production Assistant) for a sitcom on ABC Family Network.


What is a PA? Basically they do every scut thing that needs to be done on a production.  This can be answering the phones, picking up lunch, running the scripts to the actor’s houses late at night or even carrying office furniture up and down steps. (Yes, she did this and that wasn’t a good thing for her hip.)


Keely, in her attempt to be incredible at her job, did everything that was asked of her to the point where we’re pretty sure she has a stress fracture in her foot, which caused her to limp and then mess up her hip.  Finally, as her mother, I (and my friend Amy) insisted that she come clean with her boss and let her know that her “handicapped” plate is not just for show; that she indeed has physical limitations.


As a result, I will be going to California for Keely’s first appointment with her new doctor at UCLA in March.  Meanwhile, both her foot and hip are messed up and she’s working a ton.


Last weekend she got a cold (which I ignored … I mean, I do need to cull out some of her issues to not worry about) and then by Monday she had a backache.  Of course, a backache is something we all get so nobody really thought anything of it.  I told her to “ice” her back and she did.


On Tuesday, she went to spinning before work and in an effort to stretch out her back she also took a yoga class.  She had late call at work (they stagger their PA’s) and called me on the way to work.


I asked how she was and she said she thought she had hurt her back.  I told her to take some anti-inflammatories and that was that.  OR SO I THOUGHT.  As the day progressed, I started receiving texts along the lines of  “wow, I don’t know what to do.  The more I walk the worse it gets.”


I told her she needed to go to urgent care and she agreed that “maybe I’ll have to come in late tomorrow and go in the morning” followed by “it is very painful though.”


A few hours later people noticed that she was limping and asked her what was wrong and she told me that she was in a “crazy amount of pain” and she was “beginning to freak out a little because her right leg was starting to give out when she was standing on it.”


This was perplexing for me because it was her left leg that she had all those procedures on and she’s on a “GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY” situation with the left leg but the right leg seemingly has no issues.


I wanted her to go home early and see the doctor but she was a “late runner” (which means she has the late script delivery) so she agreed to go in the morning.


The next day is Wednesday and I go do my workout and at 8:23 Pacific Time (my time is 11:23) she texts me “sooooo I have a UTI that’s given me a kidney infection and it’s gone into my back.”




She continues “so they’re giving me a pain shot and putting me on lots of meds and they want me to take the day of work but I don’t know what to do.”


I, of course, Google Kidney infection and I’m in a state of shock.  I tell her to call work (they end up giving her the rest of the week off) and tell her to get her drugs and go get in bed.


I texted Andie who said, “why is Keely always trying to die” which is a good point.


The doctor couldn’t understand how she put up with the pain so long but I think that people with chronic pain have a very high pain tolerance.  I mean, if Keely went to the doctor every time she was in pain she’d have to move in there.


She has never had a Urinary Tract Infection before (neither have I) and didn’t have any symptoms she noticed.  People have told her that she needs to be “more aware of what her body is telling her” but it’s difficult to differentiate pain.


It’s just like when she had the Pulmonary Embolism: when you have such a myriad of aches and pains it’s easy to assume that the new pain is related.  By the time the pain is bad enough to see a doctor, things are pretty serious.


So, she’s on meds and painkillers and all will soon be well although I’m pretty sure that child will be the death of me.


The good news is that now she knows ALL the symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism AND a kidney infection.  There are only about a million more random diseases she can get before she knows all the medical stuff.  She really needs to marry a doctor.


I may not survive this kid.

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  1. Missy
    March 1, 2013

    Oh goodness. Our kids can do that to us. I think “marry a doctor” is a brilliant idea. You should bring it up to her.
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    • Lynn
      March 1, 2013

      she knows, trust me!

  2. Mayor Gia
    March 1, 2013

    Weird, I had a kidney infection and also had NO idea (same deal..a uti with no symptoms that ended up as a kidney infection). Docs only found out about it because my gallbladder was in terrible shape and I was in a ton of pain and finally said to my mom that we should go to er.

    She needs to rest.
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    • Lynn
      March 1, 2013

      she is now home (well in her apt) in LA resting …

  3. Julie
    March 1, 2013

    Maybe Andie could go to med school in LA???

    • Lynn
      March 1, 2013

      I just want her to go to med school anywhere at this point

  4. Meghan
    March 1, 2013

    I have a friend who is the same way. Ignores pain(s) until she can’t and her husband and I bully her into letting us take her to the doctor. Hope Keely gets feeling better soon!

    • Lynn
      March 1, 2013

      thanks…appreciate it

  5. Jester Queen
    March 1, 2013

    Jeez – you didn’t know you needed to be interviewing med school residents for potential roommates when you went out there. I’m SO GLAD she is OK. Kidney infection went into her back??? WTF??? OK, so here’s a theory. Knowing that Daniel has Asperger’s and that Asperger’s is often hereditary and that people who do NOT have Asperger’s but who are related to those who do (especially brothers and sisters) often develop symptoms that are often seen with the disorder, I have an idea. If that makes sense. So what I’m trying to say is “this is a disclaimer – I am not being a jackass and saying Keely has Asperger’s because her of Daniel”. But. I don’t know how to frame what I want to say except in terms of Asperger’s. So I need the disclaimer. People with Asperger’s often have a high tolerance for pain. It’s a neurological disorder at its root, and the high pain tolerance often comes because their nerves just aren’t saying ‘pain’ at all. I wonder if that’s what’s going on here. She IS listening to her body. It just doesn’t tell her anything like soon enough that she’s in pain, and when it DOES tell her, the message isn’t strong enough.
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    • Lynn
      March 1, 2013

      wow…that’s really interesting. I say that because Keely and Daniel are very, very similar and he does have a high pain tolerance but he never gets hurt. They have so many other things in common. Tell me where to read about this!

      • Jester Queen
        March 1, 2013

        I think I replied via e-mail? I fyou don’t get it let me know

  6. Punky Coletta
    March 1, 2013

    Oh goodness! My thoughts are with y’all.
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  7. Dawn
    March 3, 2013

    Ugh. My oldest daughter is very similar to Keely in the pain threshold/inury arena. AND she lives in Chicago – which, if you look at a map, is NOT very close to Joplin (although it IS a little closer than North Carolina to L.A.) She texted me a couple weeks back that she is experiencing knee pain after jumping off a table at a party (I know, I know. I did have to have THAT lecture with her…). The problem is, when she was a freshman in high school she tore her ACL in a softball game, so we are constantly worried about her re-injuring her knee. Fortunately, this latest injury is on the opposite knee of her reconstructed one, but it makes us worry, nonetheless. She is scheduled for an MRI when she comes home for spring break. Not quite as life-threatening as Keely’s injuries, but still scary and challenging. Hopefully Keely will be better soon after a round of meds and some rest and you won’t have too many more emergency issues before your next trip westward!

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