Last Friday, I honestly thought that I was going to end up going to the ER as I felt a fever growing and painful swelling in my upper left chest area. For me, my body temperature is typically 97.x – 98.2. When my temp reaches 98.6, that is usually an indication that my body is fighting something and I take appropriate measures to build and enhance my immune system. When I took my temperature on Friday, it was a whopping 99.4, which was high, for me.
Fearing the worst, possible hospitalization for a seroma and bacterial infection, I took 1500 mg of acetaminophen, filled my water pitcher, grabbed my ice pack from the deep freezer and laid it upon my swollen chest area as I settled in beneath the comforter on the Lazy Boy recliner. I positioned my left arm upon a bulky pillow to keep it raised above my heart to help with lymph node draining. I was in position to do war with the swelling and potential infection, resigning myself to recliner/bed rest FOR REAL this time; I plodded through the cable guide channels to find something which might hold my attention, a difficult challenge since I have been watching so much television, movies, Netflix, DVDs. The crazy thing is, I can actually spend 45 minutes to an hour searching through Netflix. It’s crazy because that has become more entertaining to me than actually watching what’s being broadcast!
By Sunday, I noticed the swelling had gone down tremendously and my arm/chest area was no longer in such dire pain. I was so happy to be up and moving around, doing laundry, emptying and loading the dishwasher, and then, I noticed my newest, most unpleasant medical malady… HEMORRHOIDS!
CRAP! Those can be sooooo painful!
Searching through a hall closet designated for medical paraphernalia like ankle and wrist braces, bandaging supplies, etc.. I found it – the blue donut pillow!! After using two preparation H suppositories, I found instant relief as I retired once again to my recliner, tush setting softly upon my blue donut.
Life was good once again.