April 10, 2020

It Ends

Just a quick update on last night's post.  In lieu of actual content here is something pleasantly disturbing by Tokyo Gensou. Buy his art book here.

I got up this morning at 2 to go to work, and noted that the blood was still flowing. 

I called work and explained the situation...that I felt like crap, was in pain  (but did not have COVID 19) and would likely have to run to the loo so they needed to be ready to cover my position briefly but I was coming in. 

Before going to work, I changed the dressing on my arm, but as I suck at doing such things one handed, I dropped my last gauze strip into the commode. which I had not actually flushed yet. 

The 3 second rule does not apply here. 

I then cobbled together a terrible excuse for a dressing from gauze pads which were taped together in an unbelievable mess. I grabbed a jacket to put over it at work and headed out. 

At work I realized that I'd brought the HEAVY jacket. 

Work was HOT. 

But I survived right up until we were wrapping up at the end of the day when I was approached by my supervisor who told me to go home, that my doctor had called, (why was I here ?) and please don't come in till at least Monday. I had jokingly mentioned to the doctor that you couldn't get a doctor's note over the internet and work is one of my limited authorized contacts. So, he just called. 

Which means I'm off tomorrow. Yay!

I drank a half gallon of water, went home and pulled off everything including the bandages before showering and noted that the arm was no longer bleeding. Yay!

I availed myself of the residential waste management system and was overjoyed at the lack of blood. Yay!

Antibiotics are awesome. 

Then I slept for about 7 hours. Yay!

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 11:04 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Good news.  Rest well, Brickmuppet!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Apr 10 23:31:09 2020 (PiXy!)

2 Glad to hear it.

Posted by: Rick C at Sat Apr 11 00:00:38 2020 (Iwkd4)

3 Yay, glad to hear you're improving.  That kind of thing is scary, especially when you can't run screaming to the hospital to get properly treated.

Posted by: David at Sat Apr 11 03:48:37 2020 (UmjNG)

4 Yeah. I confess I was a bit concerned. There are other things it could have been, most of them bad, and normally this would involve a battery of x-rays, tests, and a urinalysis rather more comprehensive than "Yep! Blood. Lots'o blood. That ain't right."   What's even better is that having the worst of the bleeding taper off a day and a half after I started the antibiotics  is entirely consistent with an infection. The arm is a scrape, the stones are just pain, the knee and ankle can be dealt with via ace bandages, but all that blood, with everything else going on, that's just not fair. Knowing what it is is a relief. Having the arm finally stop bleeding is just icing on the cake. 
That healed remarkably fast. It's current lack of severity does not bear any relation to the amount of blood I had to clean up in the kitchen sink.
As an added bonus, I just now found my Moleskin, which I REALLY wanted Wednesday morning. Even so, in the future I need to figure out a technique to apply a dressing one-handed and not make a birds nest of bandages and waste a bunch of gauze, pads, and tape. If that cut on the elbow had been deeper, I'd have needed to do a stitch and I couldn't even apply adhesive tape one handed without looking like a fool.  

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Apr 11 08:55:57 2020 (5iiQK)

5 Glad to hear you're doing better, keep it up!  Rest well and recover.  Happy Easter.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Sat Apr 11 12:19:38 2020 (045dC)

6 Well, that was quite a scare.

Dressing wounds one-handed may be pretty awkward. The guy who cut out his own appendix in Antarctica had both hands available. Still, a backup can come useful.

On that note, I relayed our gracious host's tale of woe to my wife and she said, "Why is he living alone? He's not married?" She forgot how she went to ER by herself because I was in Japan.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Sat Apr 11 18:29:57 2020 (LZ7Bg)

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