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Damn Flu

Posted 2013.01.16 10.32 in Pointless Blather

This being-sick stuff really sucks.

After running down the symptoms I’m pretty sure my coughbugvirusflu thing is the flu.

It’s been over a week and I don’t feel any better at all. Still have a sore throat. Still feel it in my lungs. I wake up a half dozen times a night feeling like my lungs are full of cobwebs and clumps of wet dust.

Can barely talk. Exhausted, much more so than usual. The thought of doing anything at all just fills me with weariness.

My everything hurts.

I don’t think this so-called flu medicine is doing anything, but I’m afraid to stop taking it incase it is helping and stopping it would make things much worse.

Feeling like a wimp for being so badly whupped by this bug.

Ouch! My Rib!

Posted 2012.12.20 9.29 in Pointless Blather

This is a wierd one.

Last night around 21:00 as I was on the computer, I noticed a sharp pain in my right side. Not all the way to the side, sort of halfway round from the very centre to the right side. At about the same altitude as the belly-button.

It was barely noticable when I sat still but if I started moving around, it was a very painful stabbing sensation. It also hurt if I took a deep breath, laughed or coughed.

Sort of felt a lot like a cracked or broken rib.

Wierd though since I was just using the computer and not beating myself about the torso with it, or juggling it whilst unicycling or anything like that.

In other words, WTF?

And it didn’t go away, either. When I went to bed, it was excruciating. I like to sleep on my side – on the right side there was tremendous pain as I was basically lying on it. On the left side, there was almost as much pain, I suppose from gravity pulling on it directly sideways or something.

I’m not well-versed in medical stuff and the only thing I can think of that’s on the right-hand side of the abdomen is the appendix. I’ve still gone mine, so I looked up symptoms of appendicitis. I don’t appear to have that though, my symptoms don’t match.

So I don’t know what to do about it. I finally fell asleep some time after 4am. When I got up at 7, the pain was still there. Now I’m at work and it’s still there.

I suppose I’ll leave it a day or so and see if it starts getting better on its own.

P.s. less than 21 hours to go in the end-o-the-world countdown!

Healing

Posted 2012.01.06 18.49 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So it’s been 6 full days now since the second operation. A week since the original procedure.

I’m certainly on the mend. I can tell, there is less pain, moving around is easier. On the other hand, I’m not feeling as good as I had hoped. Maybe I was overly optomistic, and maybe having two operations in two days is a bit of an extra strain on the system.

I went to work yesterday for a few hours; that and a visit to the drug store afterwards completely wore me out. By the time I got home I was exhausted, and in a good deal of discomfort.

On the other hand, despite how tired I was, I had insomnia and lay awake staring at the ceiling for half the night. So from that point of view, I’m a lot closer to being back to normal than I feel.

I’m expecting to spend the rest of the weekend slumping around doing nothing, much as I’ve done this past week, and with luck I’ll be just about finished the mending process by Monday.

There should be more to report, but I can’t remember what it may have been. And sitting at a desk & typing has tired me out again.

Complications

Posted 2012.01.01 6.47 in Family/Friends, Life On Drugs

So it turns out, at least some of my anxieties were not misplaced.

I came through Friday’s surgery ok, by Friday night I was feeling pretty all right. Then it all went downhill fast. By Saturday morning they decided that the surgeon needed another look, but he was working at a different hospital that day.

So when my dad came to pick me up in the morning, instead of taking me home he had to take me over to the emergency section of a different hospital. They were expecting me, but it was still a hassel with admission and all.

Then they decided to do another surgery, which from prep to OR to recovery took all day long. And finally, when I got out of recovery, the surgeon had told my dad and I what was up but hadn’t filled out paperwork with the head nurse.

So they were reluctant to discharge me, and the doc wasn’t answering his pages. Finally I signed a form to discharge myself, and at long last, got home late yesterday evening.

My dad gets an extra big Thank You for staying with me through the whole second-surgey thing, even though it was an excruciatingly long and boring day at the hospital for him. I can’t describe the joy and comfort I experienced seeing him there for me when they let me out of recovery.

Big props also to my mum who stayed the night here at home with me, and is now off at 6am getting painkillers for me at the drug store.

It Eases The Pain

Posted 2011.10.20 21.17 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

Still dealing with this lame leg problem. I’ve been off the antibiotics since Sunday, and my leg hasn’t magically gotten any better. I’m starting to worry it’s getting worse, but doing it slowly so I can’t be 100% certain – like getting a teeny bit worse each day so I don’t notice any sudden changes.

Anyhow, not-getting-better is not acceptable so I went back to see the doctor today. She agreed that it wasn’t magically better — wierd how stopping the medication didn’t make things improve, right?

Anyways, she’s decided rather than try any more medication, she’ll send me back out for another few weeks of tests. The first one is a repeat actually – three years ago I went through all this fun, for my right leg. Only the problem, whatever it was, went away after a week or two, without anyone ever figuring out what it was. This time it’s the left leg, and it’s been over 2 months now that I’ve had the symptoms.

So the first test – radioactive bone scan. They inject me with radioactive ‘medicine’, then wait a couple hours for it to collect in my bones, then I have to lay very still while they watch me with a ‘gamma camera’. Last time I didn’t get any super-powers, so I’m hoping this time around I’ll be luckier. The point of this is that maybe the infection has gotten into my bones which apparently makes it harder for antibiotics to reach it, or something.

I don’t know what the second test will be, only that she’s sending me to a specialist. I don’t know yet what he specializes in. I can’t read doctor-scribble, but I think it says something like lymphblahblah so maybe she wants to test to see if the infection is into my lymphatic system.

In the meantime, not only did she not perscribe any antibiotics, she also left me to my own devices when it comes to dealing with the pain. So I perscribed myself a little retail therapy, and got me a shiney new iPhone 4S!

How does that ease the pain in my leg? Well, it doesn’t, exactly. It does help though. It helps ease the pain of iPhone4Slessness.

Hey Bacteria: What the Hell?!

Posted 2011.10.12 8.22 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

It’s been a full month now since I first saw my doctor about my left leg. Am I all better now?

No. Not even close. I can’t say for sure if it’s worse or not, but it sure isn’t better.

It hasn’t been a full month of treatment, mind you. Not yet. The first five days were taken up with separate sessions with the x-ray machine, and two different sets of ultra-sounds, by two different technicians, in two different offices.

So treatment-wise, it’ll just be reaching the 4-week mark in a couple days.

Since the treatment started, I’ve had four different antibiotics. Two of them intravenously, three of them in pill form. There was also the NSAID for the inflammation.

Has any of it worked?

I don’t really know. I think the IV was starting to work but then my doctor switched me over to pills.

The pills sure haven’t worked. The first ones didn’t do a darn thing, that’s when I ended up going to the hospital. And since the IV, the pills haven’t done anything either. Not the first lot. And the second lot seems to be coming up useless too.

So hey you bacteriums down there? What the hell do you want from me? Bugger off, I’m done with you jerks!

These guys are jerks.

The score so far:

  • Cephalexin pills: Useless.
  • Naproxen pills: Useless.
  • Cephazolin & Clindamycin together by IV: Maybe helped, a bit.
  • Clindamycin pills: Useless.
  • Ciprofloxacin pills: Useless.

Tastes Like Plastic

Posted 2011.10.10 19.15 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

Frozen “General Tsao” chicken, and microwave rice.

After suffering alone all day long in pain from my leg, it’s the best I could manage for dinner.

If I was designing the packaging, the phrase “You Can Really Taste The Plastic!” would feature prominently. Perhaps inside an exciting gold star, or in bright friendly red letters.

Thank the Gods for Sriracha sauce, otherwise this would have been a really crappy thanksgiving dinner.