What started as a case of the hiccups has landed a father of four in the hospital for more than a week.
Micky Cheney, 39, was at work Nov. 5 making deliveries for UPS Inc. when he started hiccupping, according to his wife, Keri.
“He thought they’d just go away, but a couple of hours later, he still had them,” said Keri Cheney, who lives in Acton, Maine, with her husband and children.
The hiccups lasted all day and through the night.
As many as 4,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of hiccups, according to a 2002 study published in the Journal of the National Medical Association. Persistent hiccups can be caused by stress, nerve damage, tumors, infections and certain drugs. And depending on how long they last, they can cause weight loss, exhaustion and insomnia, according to the study.
Poor guy. So, hiccups can be serious. He is sick, can’t sleep and probably kind of sore. This is no joke, it’s serious.