Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I was away, and then I was back... and ill

So, the wife and I went to Italy for a wee summer holiday, 31 August to 12 September. Spent most of the time on the beach but also took a trip within a trip for a return visit to wonderful Venice. The whole experience, as you might expect, was lovely: cycling to and from the beach each day, splashing around in the sea, eating wonderful seafood and pizza and pasta dishes...

Before going, I'd been having a little gyp with a tooth that had recently been filled by my dentist, so in the last couple of days of my hol, I phoned and made an appointment.

We got back on the 12th, and my appointment was for the 16th.

On the 14th, while stretching to see the clock from my position in bed, I put my neck out so booked an appointment with the osteopath for the 15th: I wanted to get it sorted before being asked to open wide the following day.

The train ride to London for the dentist gave me the fear, cos I was right opposite this old dude who just kept coughing, almost for the whole hour of the journey. I just knew I would catch whatever the fuck it was that he was sharing.

And sure enough, two days later I started to get a sore throat. And that developed into a full head cold. I was lucky enough to feel fine within myself but was snotty and sniffy and sneezy nonetheless.

The cold did what colds do and kept me reaching for the Anadin Extra and the Kleenex. And then, on what would be my last day of sneezes, an almighty one wrenched my lower back. I literally could not stand upright without nasty pain. Another booking with the osteopath...

This brings us up to 22 September, and a couple of appointments with him seemed to be doing the job for my lower back.

And that's when I started to get some cystitis-like sensations: initially stinging/burning, accompanied by a feeling that I needed to pee more often than I normally would. I thought little of it and just hoped it would pass...

Until the point that I woke with severe discomfort in my mid-back on Friday 2 October. It felt different from my lower-back pain, but I assumed it must somehow be connected, so I lay down with a hot-water bottle for a few hours and it seemed to clear up.

The next day, I awoke to the same pain, only worse. I was literally in tears, though I'm not sure if it was really the pain or just the being absolutely fed up with being incapacitated in some way for about three weeks solid. I called my osteo, and he said he was surprised that it had shifted if I hadn't been doing anything strenuous. He asked if there was any chance I was having any other problems. I mentioned the cystitis stuff.

"I think that might be a kidney infection," he said, "without sounding like I want to pass the buck." So I spent the next hour or so trying to speak to a medical professional and eventually got an appointment for the same day. The doctor/nurse (who knows) who dealt with me said there was definitely an infection, based on my sample. By now -- as is always the case -- I was not only feeling better but was also not displaying any of my previous symptoms!

Anyway, today I got the actual test results back. "All clear," I was told. "Huh?" I replied. "How come I was told I had an infection, and yet the exact same sample says all clear?"

"Probably the drugs are clearing it up."
"But I started taking them after I gave the sample."

I don't even know what else to say. But it seems I am finally back to health. Now I need a holiday. And so, of course, does the missus, who has been doing almost everything around the house for this whole time.

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Anonymous Red said...

Yes, a holiday! Or at least a festival for the rest of us.

07 October, 2009 12:28  
Blogger Beej said...

Hi. I came to your blog via candy minx and was glad to see I finally found someone who has been to Italy! My family is from Italy and I long to go. Hope you enjoyed your stay there and got to eat some real good food.

08 October, 2009 03:43  
Blogger Milla said...

Poor *Aste!
I haven't even replied to you message yet (my bro is here) so I hope you are well and 100% in good health again.
While I was reading your post I really thougt, Hm, the human body is so fragile!

A holiday...where? Somewhere hot?

10 October, 2009 22:33  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

yikes! glad you're feeling better!

21 October, 2009 21:07  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

What a mess. Thank goodness you had the holiday so you could be well rested in order to endure all those ups and downs! Don't you hate it when someone is out and about sneezing and sniffling. Oh my god...stay home. Now people go to work with these bloody colds and stuff and spread them all around.

That is scary business with the sore back...glad you
're in one piece. Got some Jeff Probst pics I've got to post for you...maybe later today...

22 October, 2009 13:06  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Thank goodness you are healthy again my friend. I miss you guy and gal.. I miss hearing about the trips you two take..

29 October, 2009 02:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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17 November, 2009 17:16  
Blogger Four Dinners said...

Where you at *? Just saw you pop up on Minxies blog. You ok mate?

19 November, 2009 18:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man -o-freaking-man..I can hardly believe all of it.......PLEASE, get more rest-have a drink-relax-do whatever you gotta do 'cause the whole thang was some SCARY BIZNASTY!! Keep with the positivity!!!


11 December, 2009 05:01  
Blogger Four Dinners said...

hello old bean.

Hope you're well.

Say some'at mate.

We're worried about yer.

Love n hugs (in a manly way)


10 February, 2010 00:06  

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