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28 July 2011 @ 10:59 pm
So, yeah, July is fired. With extreme prejudice. From a damn CANNON.  
On the one hand, the CWA Convention was cool.

On the other hand, the rest of the month has been not for the faint of heart (with further cuts for medical TMI and general ickiness)

1. The abscess on my face, the one where I went to the ER? Yeah, it closed up and re-infected between getting out of the ER last Tuesday and getting to the dermatologist this Tuesday. It had to be re-opened, re-drained, and this time packed. Today I got the packing out, with instructions to open it up and swab it out twice a day with dilute hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab.

1a. There is no damn way I can do that to myself; I don't have the courage.

1b. Fortunately, Dale is not easily squicked and *can* do it to me.

1c. It hurts.

1d. It is also extremely unsettling. I think the squeams are almost worse than the pain.

2. My shoulder. Okay, I probably shouldn't gripe too much about the shoulder; it only hurts when I make certain motions, the PT should help keep it from getting too much worse before it gets better, and the PT itself isn't particularly painful, just achy.

3. Dale's knee. Orthopedist thinks maybe it isn't a bone spur; maybe it's arthritis. So Dale has had a cortisone injection and is instructed to get back in touch if that doesn't help. Dale does not need arthritis in his knees, really.

4. Various and sundry crapweasels have been gnawing on my friends and acquaintances, and I'd really like it to stop.
fatcookfatcook on July 29th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
Good luck with dat!

As for Dale's knee....I really hope it's not too. Speaking as someone who has it (Thanks Grandmother for the crappy parts!), cortisone may or may not help. It's not the panacea that the docs think it is. Ice/heat may help more and exercise helps the most. Use it or lose it.

Maggiesillymagpie on July 29th, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
Yuck to the various ailments. I hope this time your abscess heals properly.

I feel Dale's pain. I've always had floating kneecaps, and now that I'm older they ache. (Oddly, they ache a lot after I've been sitting in my ergonomic office chair at home. Go fig.) Best wishes for him, too.
Wolfteddywolf on July 29th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
I hope the abscess will stop getting reinfected and finally heal up this time - and quickly. I also hope your knee and Dale's shoulder feel better in short order.
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on July 29th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
"So, yeah, July is fired. With extreme prejudice. From a damn CANNON."

(To honor Janet's intentions, Tom stands at attention as the month is blown out the cannon and over the event horizon in the distance ... with his hand giving the appropriate salute to Janet's month as it disappears (thumb to the nose and all fingers outstretched) ) .

Some stretches of time are like that.

My own knee story sounds similar, with doctors hm-hmming and making guesses of "bone spurs" and such, using Xrays because they were cheap. My knee would start getting sore after I'd been standing or walking on it for about 3/4 of an hour. I wasted over a whole year with them and their nonsense.

After switching doctors to a place that could just get a specialist to look at it, he bent the leg a few times and immediately stated "I know what it is!" but had me go to their MRI machine to confirm it, anyway.

An old soccer injury had cracked away a "finger" of the cartilage ball inside the knee; it would rest normally as part of the surface of the ball. For a while then, the ball would be normal, acting as the knee's support. But then, the "finger" of cartilage would start sliding and/or sticking out a little, scraping the inside of the joint and I would feel my knee start to ache.

A simple "snip" of an operation (but taking a whole day, an "arthroscopy") cut the loose cartilage off and I've had no troubles since.

I hope Dale fares as well. Knees are like parents -- you only get two and you miss them when they go
browngirl on July 29th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs you warmly and healingly*
what doesn't kill me better run: carly: wonderwallcarlyinrome on July 29th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)

Damn. I'm sorry you guys are having such a rough ride. I hope things get better soon.

amaebiamaebi on July 30th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Multivariate low-to-medium-grade torment is especially bad because you keep feeling it shouldn't be such misery. :(

*useless empathy*
Stef: unamusedfirecat on July 30th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
No effing fair. Stop it, universe.
zemhitchhiker on July 30th, 2011 08:14 am (UTC)

hope it heals completely this time
Trinkertrinker on July 31st, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
Bleah. Wishing for the best for you, and that August brings better things to people having an awful July. I've been blessed.
eyverska on August 3rd, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ye Ghads Janet! Try to come to Outside Con in Sept. Several of us gimpier fans stay in the park hotel these days and drive over to the group camp. We can limp along together....