When it rains it pours. :/
Sending you good vibes, Ian.
Thanks, I'm desperately hoping the anti-biotics work their magic as I'm getting sick and tired of the constant pain. Even tho' it has eased a tad now, it still *grabs hold* whenever I sit or stand and lying down is hell for 10 or so minutes when I go to bed. Poor #2 cat, Fudge can't understand why she can't sleep in her usual place, on my chest, she's just too heavy even tho' she's tiny and a real featherweight, she's still too heavy to have anywhere near the abscess atm.
You really are getting a good going through life's mincer !!!!!!!!
Yeah, it seems I'm *paying for something* but I've no idea what.
Probably the most annoying thing is there's no known adverse affect of alcohol on Flucloxasillin, so I could go for my one now pretty irregular treat of Saturday afternoon drinkies, but I know full well I'll just feel too uncomfortable with the abscess, not to mention the thought of waking up in a ambulance again after another seizure being at the back of my mind every time I go out of the house. It's a f#cker being scared of going out, but staying in and feeling so miserable makes it all seem a whole lot worse.
Shit Ian, you can't take a trick. Battle through mate and let's hope it all comes together for you sooner rather than later!
I'm happy to be able to report progress with the abscess, there's still some way to go but the manganese sulphate has drawn enough *gunk* out for it to now be only 2/3 of the size it was on Thursday. Better still, I woke late today (for me > 6.15am) after getting a decent nights sleep for once and moving is a lot less painful.
At this rate, with the anti-biotics doing their bit internally, it should be gone completely early next week.
Hmmmm, my optimism might have been premature, the *torrent of gunk* drawn out by the manganese sulphate paste over the past two days was reduced to a trickle overnight when I checked/changed the dressing this morning. More worryingly, the abscess itself hasn't got any smaller than 2/3 it's original size and, inc today, I only have two days supply of the anti-biotics left, so it looks like I'll be back to see my GP early next week.
Hmmmm, said torrent of gunk is now reduced to being barely a trickle. The manganese sulphate on a new dressing after a shower last night *felt* like it was doing the business as it stung like hell when applied, but it was virtually clean this morning. I don't know what comes next in terms of treatment, other seeing my GP again. I did ask about having the cyst removed but he said it wasn't often done nowadays, which contradicted a lot of the advice I've seen online, either way, something will have to be done about it.
As 3/4 of the abscess was still there and today was the last day of the course of anti-biotics, I can't deny I was getting worried, I luckily managed to get a appt to see my GP this morning.
He was pleased with the progress (which frankly amazed me) but qualified that by saying this amount of healing with so severe a abscess is as much as he dared hope for. The anti-biotics have stopped the spread of infection and I'm to persevere with the manganese sulphate paste, but I'll still be looking at up to 3 weeks before it's healed.
Even then, and after his telling me last Thursday that surgery is rarely done on cysts these days, he said today that option is 50/50 in his opinion, so it may well be necessary to remove the cyst completely to stop this happening again.
While I was there I asked if I was now classed as epileptic and if so, at what grade. It seems I am and if I understood things correctly, they go on the severity of fits not the amount/frequency, so I'm in the Grand Mal category.