Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Unforgettable Weddings

I have a lady with Trigeminal Neuralgia. This causes episodes of sudden, severe, facial pain, which can be quite disabling when they occur.

Her daughter's wedding was this past weekend, and the patient had been asked to stand up front as the couple wed. She's been anxious about it for months, terrified that if she has an attack of pain during the ceremony she'll start crying, and make a scene.

So to prevent pain she decided to a take a handful of Percocet just before the ceremony. About halfway through the wedding she suddenly began vomiting uncontrollably, then passed out on the alter.

I'm glad she didn't make a scene.

24 comments:

CrownedwithVictory said...

Aw, that one makes me sad.

Fiz said...

Yeah, I'm not laughing.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Alright, sorry. Not every post is a gem. I take them as they happen.

I don't provide the stories, I just write 'em down.

Hopefully today will bring some better ones.

DreamingTree said...

It may not be funny, but it's definitely a head shaking moment. Why in the world didn't she share her anxiety with her daughter & avoid the whole standing up scene in the first place? Why would she think it's okay to take a handful of percocet? Can't help but wonder how many equals a handful.

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Good question, DreamingTree. When I asked her how many were in a handful, she said she didn't know.

She may know, and just be too embarrassed to say.

Ashley said...

Hiya, Grumpy. Longtime reader, first time poster.

I don't think you crossed any lines by posting this, but have you offered this lady a nerve avulsion? My 86 y/o grandma had one in November for the same condition and she feels SO much better!

Sabra said...

Great, now I'm embarrassed that I laughed. I do feel sorry for her, but I wonder at thought processes sometimes. If you start crying during a wedding, you don't make a scene, you just appear overcome with emotion. (Makes one wonder how vocal she'd been in disliking the husband-to-be, doesn't it?)

Grumpy, M.D. said...

Ashley- Yes.

Sabra- I laughed too- after she left.

Yes, I feel bad for her. But one of the best parts of human nature is finding the humor in any situation.

Situations like this remind us that life is a tragedy in the short-term, and a comedy in the long-term.

CK Lunchbox said...

That's going to be awesome on the wedding video. I'd have just told everyone it was from bad shrimp.
People like this make me believe in natural selection.

Ihanaa said...

That IS funny. Self medicating geniuses are the best kind. Why a fist full of Perocet? Whatever happened to a shot of Stoli and 0.25 mg of Xanax for nerves?

That vid should go on the FAIL web site.

Percocet is just nasty.

LD50 Rat

peedee said...

I agree with Ihanaa. Theres a reason Xanax is called, "mothers little helper".

Anonymous said...

Haha! Awww, poor thing.

Anonymous said...

Does she realize that she can only get a thirty day supply every thirty days? Now she will be short...unless she sees another doctor?

Stephanie Faris said...

Wow. That's sad.

Anonymous said...

the vomiting probably saved her life.

Reality Rounds said...

I feel bad for her to. It shows how a chronic illness invades every aspect of your life. How sad she could not have joy at her daughter's wedding.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and I'm worried you're going to get in trouble by offending a patient who sees their story here.

Just worried, that's all.

Am I a total ninny?

Maybe that's why I'm a pharmacist and not a doctor.

Chris@Maugeritaville said...

If anyone has reason to oppose this couple getting married . . .

BLLLLEEEEEECHHH!!!!!

ccw said...

In the years to come, they will watch the wedding video and laugh and laugh and laugh....at least the in-laws will!

Anonymous said...

Someone should let her know that the label on her percocet bottle are directions and not a suggestion, that seems very dangerous with all that APAP. Atleast she's alive, it sounds to me like the mix of stress and the percocets made her vomit, I know I vomit just from severe stress, good or bad. I wonder what her daughter thinks....hopefully her mom didnt ruin the wedding for her.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I have to admit that I have done things just like that. Thank God it never ended so badly for me. Poor woman. She is going to relive that humiliation again and again for the rest of her life.

wedding chair covers said...

That is sad. Your lack of sympathy makes it sadder.

San Francisco Knitter said...

I laughed so hard I nearly puked myself.

RedJB said...

For those who think it was insensitive to post this, chill out. If she hadn't turned out to be ok, then it wouldn't be so funny. The irony is what was hilarious to me, not the fact that she began vomiting everywhere. I feel bad for her; but had it been me I would have laughed about it after, calling myself a dumb@$$!!

 
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