Sunday, 11 September: I did not feel any better when I awoke. Throughout the day the swelling and discomfort became quite pronounced. Checked possible causes on the internet. By early afternoon, despite really not wanting to do so, I elected to visit the Emergency Room of the hospital. Upon learning of my symptoms and checking vital signs, I was checked in to the ER in less than thirty minutes from my arrival. Brief bout of nausea during intial antibiotic IV infusion. I was informed that I would be kept overnight. Late Sunday night a specialist checked me, and suggested a minor "procedure" (meaning surgery) might be necessary if the infection did not respond to antibiotics.
Monday, 12 September: fever and white cell count briefly surged. Scheduled for surgery at 5:30 pm to drain the "abdominal" abcess. Uncomfortable day. Surgery was smooth and fast. Spent the night hooked to a miserable assortment of tubes and wires.
Tuesday, 13 September: feeling miserable, not so much from the infection, which had begun to subside after the surgery, but from not having bathed since Saturday morning and following a night attached to too many tubes and wires. Responding well to medication and surgery. Doctor released me to go home Tuesday late afternoon, partly due to my begging and pleading. Doctor's quote when he insisted I not return to work for three weeks: "you're actually very, very sick."
Wednesday, 14 September: No tubes, no wires, and... A LONG, HOT SHOWER! Moving very slowly, if at all. Strong antibiotics. Fairly sizeable open incision, to allow infection to drain. Guhhh.... The surgery alleviated nearly all of the pain, however, so I had no need of the pain medication I had been prescribed. Talked to some people from work on the telephone about sub plans during my absence.
Thursday, 15 September: a common result of surgery, I suppose, is digestive upset. Ongoing digestive upset. 'Nuff said. In fact, prob'ly too much said, huh?
Friday, 16 September: pretty much the same as Thursday.
Saturday, 17 September: digestion returning to normal. Swelling beginnig to subside, finally. Incision shows signs of healing. Noticed minor itching and redness in the evening, attributed it to too much time in bed plus warm, humid weather.
Sunday, 18 September: redness and itching prominent on back, front, both legs, underside of arms, and sides. I still think it's a result of being confined to bed plus humid weather.
Monday, 19 September: first time out of the house since returning home Tuesday afternoon, for an appointment at the doctor. Incision is healing properly, infection appears to be largely gone, swelling beginning to decline. Rash is more severe, bright red. Doctor diagnoses a developing sensitivity to the antibiotic, Cipro, recommends I stop taking it. Prescribed another antibiotic, which he said might not be necessary. I am instructed to wait until all signs of rash are gone before resuming antibiotic.
Tuesday, 20 September: rash still significant. Incision healing. Swelling continues to abate, slowly.
Wednesday, 21 September: rash remains prominent, but red color is fading. Swelling slowly declining. No significant discomfort. First attempt at walking around outside, a slow 40 minutes on the beach. Depression and irritability over all the time wasted being sick setting in.
Thursday, 22 September: rash finally clearing up. Incision continues to heal. Swelling notably less. Drove myself to barber shop (10 minutes away) for a haircut; tired of dealing with scraggly hair while I'm sick. Another short walk. Finally feeling as though I might possibly recover from this. Still depressed an irritable.
Friday, 23 September (today): another 45 minute beach walk. Spent some time outside, sorting through a few boxes of junk in the laundry shed and trimming some bushes. Not feeling very energetic, moving slowly, but no pain from the incision, which continues to close. Swelling is much diminished. Rash is almost gone. Have had some trouble sleeping the past couple of nights due to restlessness and annoyance at being sidelines by something so sudden... and so stupid.