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From Monday morning, Feb. 26, 2001

This morning was more interesting. I was working in the higher acuity 'Red Rooms' and got exposed to a confused combative patient with suspected 'gram negative bacterial meningitis'. The ED doctor suggested afterward that all staff exposed to this very sick patient take Cipro (an antibiotic) as prophylactic treatment. Forty minutes after taking the tablets, I began having puritis (itching), sneezing, some difficulty breathing it seemed, and overall felt strange and lightheaded. Seems like I was having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. I did not recall if I have ever had Cipro (D says that I have not), meanwhile I treated myself with Benadryl, and some staff members (including D, my preceptor, and the ED Charge Nurse), suggested (rather strongly) that I should be seen as a patient. Good g-d/g-ddess almighty!

"Triage in the booth."

Turned out that the original patient actually had 'gram positive bacterial meningitis' meaning that the Cipro dose was after all not necessary.

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