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A Survivor's Tale
Sick and sicker
I'm feeling sick from all the antibiotics right now, so let's cut a long story short: I got a swelling in my leg, it's happened before, I took myself off to the doctor on Tuesday when it got to the point where I couldn't walk properly anymore, and it turns out I've got a staph infection. Tuesday, the doc gave me a crapload of horse-pill antibiotics and made me an appointment to get the infection lanced on Wednesday. Wednesday they lanced it - after no less than nine anaesthetic injections at the site. And lancing is a misnomer, that makes it sound like they give it a nice quick poke and they're done, when in actual fact they stick a scalpel into my leg and carve in a three-inch cut. Worse yet, some of it was so deep they were scared to cut that far, so they left it in the hopes it'd drain out.

Oh, and you can still feel it through the anaesthetic.

Oh, oh, and while I was on the table with my pants down, like five or six different doctors and nurses poked their heads in the room for various reasons. Lucky I'm not terribly self conscious these days!

There's some funny stories in all this, including a baby that sounded like a cat, but I'm feeling a bit too sick right now to hit the right note in telling them. I had to take today (Thursday) off work too so the doctor could check the dressing. The infection isn't as drained as it should be, so I've got ANOTHER appointment on Saturday morning so they can remove the current dressing and see if they need to 'excise the area' - which pretty much means 'chop it out'. Saturday was when I was meant to go get the van with Joe and his dad, so this means not only do I miss out on the van-collecting expedition, but I'll be at the doctor's alone this time (which sucks because being able to crush Joe's hand was the only part of the original scalpelling I liked).

Also, I'm back at work tomorrow because I've just run out of sick leave.

Argh, and I have never taken antibiotics before, not that I can recall... I had no idea they left you feeling so SICK! Joe says it's normal, they've killed off all the happy stomach bacteria that aids in digestion, and I should eat yoghurt and fibre and such, but I've been feeling sick most of today and it's not showing any sign of fading. And I'm just tired, annoyed, out of sick leave, simultaneously on my period, generally inconvenienced, and I have a gross hole in my leg that may soon get a lot bigger. Also if I feel this sick tomorrow at work it's going to suck bigtime. Not to mention because of the way our timesheets / sick leave work, I'm going to have to work a longer than usual day tomorrow. So all in all, argh.

I'm not the only one having a rough week, medically. Mum called me in tears this morning; Geoffery is in the ICU. Last night when mum got home from work he collapsed with an asthma attack, managed to tell her to call the ambulance, then turned blue and lost consciousness. Mum kept him alive by doing CPR on him for half an hour 'til the ambulance arrived. She saved his life. He's coming good now, but he's just been told he has to stop drinking or it'll kill him.

Onto happier things: We did the van inspection on Monday night, just before my doomleg flared up, and it's exactly what we wanted! The engine sounds good, all the paperwork is in place, it's been perfectly well-kept and well-serviced, and the setup it comes with - bed, cupboards, gas cooker, fridge, etc - is brilliant. Joe and his dad are going back on Saturday morning to do a test-drive, and if nothing awful pops up then, we're going to buy it.

Let me tell you, taking five grand in cash out of the bank the other day, well... I can't say I recall any bank teller EVER treating me with that much respect. ;) Seriously, I am proud of the boy and I. A new (well, new-old) vehicle for us, and no retarded debt to pay, just a good, honest, straightforward purchase on the back of some hard savings.

That said, we're INCREDIBLY broke this week. But we can (most likely) has van!

Now I'm going to lie down for a bit... blah.
21 have fought ~ fight the power!
From: dawnstar_au Date: April 30th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Because staph that is an evil little bugger the anti-biotics you've been given do indeed nuke -everything- biotic with total indifference to wether it's helping or harming you. Your doctor should have informed you of this and told you essentially the same as Joe. Yoghurt is the fastest (natural) way of repopulating the gut.

I didn't realiase you were getting a pre kitted camping van - that's fantastic! Hope that all goes down well for you
tania From: tania Date: April 30th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
We weren't intending to go pre-kitted, didn't think we could afford it, but as it turns out, there are good bargains to be had! It's not a foregone conclusion; this all rests on how Joe's dad feels the test-drive goes tomorrow morning. I have my fingers crossed, because I love this van - it's roomy, blue, has a pop-top and a bunch of travel accessories, and the previous owners were literally a little old couple who treated it like a baby. :) Joe's dad noticed a chip in the windscreen, which he is going to ask the current owners to repair before they sell it to us - apparently it has a safety cert, but with the chip placement it shouldn't have been given one - but I'm hoping they happily do the repair without giving us hell about it. Because I really do like the van.
From: dawnstar_au Date: May 1st, 2009 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Well I hope it does go down well. Sounds like a hell of a bargain. I assume the fridge is a gas powered one?

Also consider in the future adding solar panels to the roof. Friends of parents have done this and it works fantastically.
tania From: tania Date: May 1st, 2009 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe so; it's also got power sockets inside so we can run laptops etc - very useful combined with Joe's little internet-seeking antennae! It's also a gas van, not petrol, so will be far more efficient in that regard. The solar panel isn't a bad idea, but it's a pop-top so I'm not sure we'd be able to secure something that size to the roof. Worth investigating though! :)
From: dawnstar_au Date: May 1st, 2009 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Gas van *double thumbs up*

If I recall correctly the van I saw was also a pop top but the solar panel was mounted on the roof of the driving cabin which was solid
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: April 30th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
holymoley YIKES! ... did they say how they felt you might have gotten the infection?
Here's wishes for getting well soon!
tania From: tania Date: April 30th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Laser hair removal. :( Vanity is it's own punishment! This was a year and a half ago too, this is the second time the infection has flared up in the same place. Needless to say I don't do hair removal there anymore, but it's a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted...
lrodell From: lrodell Date: April 30th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad your mom knew CPR, and sorry the antibiotics are messing you up; I've taken them as needed since I was small, and never noticed anything...but then, I have often been told I had an iron stomach then...yay for a van, and financial happiness! And--I hope they get your leg straight so you'll feel better and not *need* the antibiotics soon! *hug*
hamatokameko From: hamatokameko Date: April 30th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, that must be the absolute pits. Get well soon. <3

On the van front, I had no idea you were going for a camping van! I thought you were looking for just a regular old van. XD; It sounds awesome. :D
tania From: tania Date: April 30th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Originally we were, but then we discovered that the savings we'd amassed would cover a van WITH added awesome. We're pretty happy about that, as you can imagine. :) I really hope the one we're looking at on Sat morning works out; it's lovely.
hamatokameko From: hamatokameko Date: May 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool. Good luck!
sighthoundlady From: sighthoundlady Date: April 30th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that’s terrible about your leg. How do they think you got the infection? Did you have some sort of puncture wound or something? Antibiotics don’t usually bother me at all but I know some people feel sick with them, eating yogurt with live culture sometimes helps.
tania From: tania Date: April 30th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Originally, it was because I used to get laser hair removal around my girly bits. From that, I got an ingrown hair, which got infected... that's how it all began. Vanity is it's own punishment, I guess! These days I go au naturale, but unfortunately once you've had one staph infection under the skin like this, you'll always be prone to more in the same place, apparently. The doctor is now talking about just slicing off the area (which I imagine will leave a horrible scar!) on Saturday to prevent it happening again. :(
sighthoundlady From: sighthoundlady Date: April 30th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dang, that’s crazy. Been kind of thinking about getting the laser hair removal but scary stories like this make me think twice! I hope it gets better soon!
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: April 30th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope you get better soon. You might want to look into some acidophiles tablets to help replenish your digestive bacteria as well...
singingnettle From: singingnettle Date: April 30th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Lord. What a hideous week. Take care of yourself if you can.
ruggels From: ruggels Date: April 30th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Go and get a case of Acidophilus Yogurt, something you can slam, without the fruit, like Vanilla, and just down one or two us per meal. It takes a while for the digestive bugs to die off completely and just as long for them co come back. You may have some horrifying bathroom incidents, but keep eating the yogurt and fibrous foods until about 4 days after your end of Anti-biotic runs out. I had to take this for severe acne once and came to a painful situation. I got better. Still certain Anti-biotic make me hurl so no tetracycline for me any more.

porsupah From: porsupah Date: April 30th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eeg! Makes me feel positively lucky with my recent infection. ^_^; Hope it's all done with soon, in any event.

(And a side-effect of the antibiotic will probably also be very clean teeth, as those bacteria get zapped just as thoroughly)
arphalia From: arphalia Date: April 30th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw man! I hope it heals up soon. o_o
From: ex_avianity Date: May 1st, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tania, what antibiotics are you on? (You know me, always curious about drugs.) Some of them can make you feel really horrible, especially the stronger ones (just cross your fingers and hope they don't give you a good case of thrush too). Go eat that yogurt!
leggz From: leggz Date: May 2nd, 2009 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I read this sitting with my Mum [she works at a hospital] and we were both cringeing. You poor poor poor poor pooooor thing. I can't imagine how much pain you've been in. And to have run out of sick-leave and have your period? Man, that's intense.

I hope Joe's being extra understanding and wonderful this week. You've been to hell and back, but rest assured your leg will get better and you'll be back bright and bubbly and ready to enjoy new/old van goodness! :D
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