Sunday, July 1, 2012

discombobulated

to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate:

This seems to be the typical state I have been in over the past week.  It's confusing, upsetting, and most of all, frustrating.  I'm ready to move past it and start a new week, refreshed and renewed.  

It turns out that the blob that decided to take residence under my arm was a staph infection.  After dealing with intense pain, a lurking fever, and a 3 hour visit to the ER, I was so D-O-N-E!! It progressively got worse (even with the antibiotics), and so, I had a small "surgery" on Friday to open up the area and let it drain.  The procedure itself was oh so very painful!  I'm pretty sure I broke some of the bones in Clay the intern's hand from squeezing it so hard. However, I had almost immediate relief from this procedure and all seems to be moving along in a much better direction.  I have no fever, very little pain and I'm able to move my arm...yippee!

Unfortunately, this staph infection has put a hold on my next cleansing which was originally scheduled for tomorrow.  Hopefully, we'll meet with my oncologist tomorrow and decide where we go from here.  

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention...when I visited the ER on Wednesday evening (because of my fever), Nurses Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum decided it would be a good idea to practice their port accessing skills on my port.  Well, they failed...and missed the mark.  Victor likes to refer to their attempt as hammering a nail into a piece of wood.  Let's just say that my legs rose off the bed quite abruptly as the needle entered my skin.  I fired them immediately and they left my room, never to return again, until it was time to bring me my discharge papers.  One of the nurses did sincerely apologize and I was appreciative of that.

I hope to be back blogging more regularly this week.  The rain is clearing and the rainbow is coming.



"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."
Rabindranath Tagore