Friday, January 08, 2010

just hand over the cheese and crackers...

...because I'm pouring out the whine. I feel like a huge baby and I need to vent. Then I'll hush up, promise.

Today started out just fine. No problem. My neck was a little stiff, but no biggie. Until I started driving to work, and noticed that my shin (moving on from neck, now I'm talking about my leg) was, well, burning. At the next stop light, I felt my leg and it was hot.


I get to work and take off my boots and look at my leg. There is a big yucky blister surrounded by red, and another smaller blister further up my leg.


I immediately think "spider bite" because that's what the doctor said last time this happened. However, the fact that it happened again, and the fact that I work in health care (at the corporate office, but still), made me start freaking out thinking about MRSA. People, do not use the internet to self-diagnose. Instant heart attack.

Anyway, luckily I was able to get to the doctor by 10 am. She looked carefully at the blisters and said they were most likely staph infections, but that they didn't look like MRSA. Probably got them from small cuts from shaving my legs or something. I seem to be susceptible to staph infections (I also get ear infections easily and they usually turn out to be staph). While I'm very glad they aren't MRSA nor do I have a homicidal spider loose in our bedroom, still, staph infections are nothing to sneeze at.

And then she says, "Oh, and you need a tetanus booster." Did I mention that I really, really don't like shots?

By this time my stiff neck has turned into made-of-wood-neck and I can barely look down. It feels like it did the day after I got rear-ended this summer. I've been stretching it lately and must have done too much. So I've got that going for me as well.

Anyway. I go back to work, finish up what I can, and go to the pharmacy to get my antibiotics, which takes an hour, and by the time I get home I'm about four years old. My leg aches and burns. My arm hurts and I'm getting a headache. My neck is incredibly stiff and painful. I feel like I've been pushed off a cliff.

So now, at 3 pm, I am in bed, with a heating pad on my neck, antibiotics and ibuprofin in my system, and am not feeling particularly happy about any of it.

Well. I could go on and whine a whole lot more, but you get the picture.

If anyone wants to come over and bring pizza and a giant pie for dessert, I would not say no. :)


Tammie said...

if i lived closer i would totally be there.
i hope you feel better soon. :)

Barefoot_Mommy said...

that stinks, hun. hope you feel better too

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

My cure for everything is chicken soup. But you want pizza. I joke at work with my co-worker that we have our WMD degrees (not weapons of mass destruction, but web medical doctor degrees). We can virtually diagnose anything and, the scary thing is that we do. Oh, by the way we work in bank administration and marketing. So -- I know what you mean about looking things up on the internet. Scary. Very scary. Feel better.

Daphne said...

Thanks, guys. I'm a big baby.

D'Arcy said...

This is no fun, no fun...

Poor you. You know I'd be there with pizza and coffee and chocolate if there weren't most of a continent between us :(

Daphne said...

No fun indeed! Pizza and coffee and nice square pieces of chocolate are definitely in order.

darn continent, being so darn big. who does it think it is?

Rachel Cotterill said...

I wish I could bring you stuff! I hope you recover soon.

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

I hope you feel better soon, Daphne!

Pearl said...


That needs good beer (a lovely ale, perhaps), dark chocolate, and something completely silly on the TV.

You have my sympathies.


Stefanie said...

Oh Daphne! This is terrible! I hope by now you are feeling better and if not, I hope you feel better soon!

Daphne said...

Thanks, everyone. It was a major whine-fest. I'm feeling better now and am on the mend!