Yep, I'm stuck setting on my be-hind for the next week, daily visits to the hospital for an IV
A few days ago, I noticed a clear liquid leaking, sometimes from the center of the scar where one of my ulcers was, it was so little fluid, less than if you shed a tear, so I was thinking "What the heck?"
My leg felt fine, and I've been doing my best to get lots of sleep, no late night Dungeon visits etc, so what gives
I have an appointment to see the doctor next week for a check on my leg, so I thought that would be fine. Friday around 4 AM I work up, as is my habit, to the call of nature, and to check on my girls (I even do this in the summer when they are in Canada, dunno why but I do) I felt just fine. At 6:30AM my wife's alarm goes off, so she can get up to get the kids off to school, I usually NEVER hear her alarm, but I woke up, and I was freezing cold (it is NOT cold here now, cool, but not cold) I had a good couple of thick wool blankets, usually enough for most of the winter here, in late January there are a couple of weeks when I dig out the down quilt, (remember, we have no central heating here in Japan). My wife piles her 4" thick down comforter on me and I'm still freezing, she takes my temp and I'm at 41.1C that is about 106F, yep, hot. I took some ibuprofen, and my wife put a cold pack on my head, and under each armpit, in about an hour my temp was way down, like down to 39C (102F). I then laid in bed all day, as I thought I had the flu, it is going around here now. Around 4 PM, when I went downstairs to watch some DVDs, I noticed my leg hurt, I though "Why would my leg hurt?" I pulled up my pant leg, and I saw my leg was an ANGRY Red color......... Oh boy.......
Off to the doctor, she gave me an IV with antibiotics and was arranging for the ambulance to take me to the hospital, but they did not have any beds at the hospital for me, and it was Friday night you know, they don't check in new patients on Friday after 6PM (which it was now) Geez, don't get sick on the weekend
My wife took me to the hospital, they took some blood for tests and gave me another IV of more drugs and fluids. My white blood cell count was WAY up as well as my CPR* levels so they were concerned, and wanted to admit me, fortunately, they had no open beds, so after sucking their teeth three times, they sent me home. It helped that I could just about look out the window and point to our building. Today I went back for another IV and blood test, the white blood cell count was down, not a ton, but down, the CPR level was actually up, but not a lot, they figure it will come down by tomorrow. As the CPR level had NOT come down, they want me back in tomorrow, Sunday, for another IV. I've avoided the hospital ward so far, and I really, REALLY do not wish to go there again, anytime soon.
Of course we are really busy, and my long suffering wife has to take up my slack, and it really burns me up that she has to.
I'll be embarking on a lifestyle change here in the next few weeks, I'm only 44 years old, I should be in way better shape than I am.
I guess this is sort of a wake up call, I do not know if this whole infection with my leg is due to me being about 100 pounds overweight, but it cannot be helping things.
So............. how was your day
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest, everyone's support is greatly appreciated.
*C-Reactive Protein: CPR is an acute phase that is produced by the liver in response to the elevated levels of the cytokines, such as interleukin-6 that accompany acute inflammation. CRP levels rise within 6 h of an inflammatory stimulus and double every 8–9 h thereafter. The clearance rate of CRP is constant, with a serum half-life of about 24h.