I won’t bullshit you. It’s been a rough few weeks. The day job has sucked up large chunks of my time, which has of course impacted the edit of the Devil’s Ante and set me back by weeks.
None of which really matters at this point.
I know that sounds somewhat ominous and in the end things aren’t really all that bad but but we’ll get to the meat of that in a sec anyway.
For a while now, I haven’t been feeling myself. I seemed to be overtaken by an unshakeable lethargy and I’d get fleeting pain in my limbs and numbness too. The numbness, at least in my hands, I attributed to my arthritis. I’ve got a nerve slowly being impinged on in my right shoulder and it can lead to some pretty funky sensations in my right hand some days or on a bad stretch, no sensation at all. Which is every bit as unnerving as it sounds. I’m also taking a long time to heal when it comes to cuts and bruises. Something I’m always covered in thanks to the day job and some of my off road motorcycle adventures.
Still, I’m not one to go to the doc over every small thing. Preferring to see them when my body is in a perfect shit storm of problems. There was also the issue of being so thoroughly disgusted with our last attempt at a family doctor and her refusal to see my son in any way that had left a very bad taste in my mouth in regards to the medical profession in general.
However as series of unrelated events sort of forced my hand.
Somewhere on my trip to or returning from Dayton, OH I received some sort of deep tissue injury. Probably getting hit by a piece of road debris on the super slab somewhere. Getting pelted with the odd chunk of whatever on a major road is not uncommon. I’ve been hit with everything from Grasshoppers to decorative wheel rims over the years. Most of this stuff is so fleeting, it doesn’t even register but on that trip, something went into the underside of my left forearm and it became infected. The wound zone got red, swollen and as an added bonus. there was a nasty yellow discharge coming from it. Go big or go home.
It became clear this thing wasn’t going to sort itself out. I’d need some help.
There are no fewer than five medical clinics withing five minutes drive of my place. One of which is literally across the street from me. I’d ruled it out though because it’s always packed to the gills. The clinic I’d had my eye on is on the edge of a light industrial area. It proved to be the right call for a couple of reasons. First of, it was busy but not stupid busy and second off, it’s looking to grow its clientele.
I went in, filled out the proper paperwork and was sitting in the Doctor’s exam room ten minutes later. He looked at my arm and prescribed me a full spectrum antibiotic. I liked his forthright manner and the fact he’d been trained in multiple disciplines in the UK no less. I asked him if he was looking for patients and not only did he sign me up but he took on my son as well. We also arranged to get some baseline blood work done for me. Four different tests worth. You know because if you’re going to get bad news, it should be all at once.
I came in a couple of days later after the requisite twelve hour fast and had one of the nurses draw the samples. I will say she was great. I’ve had a few people over the years pretty much drill for oil in my arms. One idiot even managed to go through both sides of the vein, which creates a pretty spectacular bruise. She however was so smooth, I didn’t even feel the needle go in. I was impressed and told her as much.
A week passed and I got the call to come in and talk about what had been found in my red stuff.
So the good news was, my Prostate antibodies test was good, so that’s a relief. That was going to be the only good thing about my blood work.
Turns out I’m really low in Vitamin D which is a big part of my lethargy issues. I’m now on whacking great doses of the stuff for the next week and then it becomes a regular amount every day for the rest of my life.
My Cholesterol is also high so now I’m on Lipitor. I’ll be looking at adjusting my diet so that may be a more controllable thing in the future.
Of course the major big bad new is my Glucose levels are out of whack which means, I’ve got type 2 Diabeties. So next week, I get to do more blood work as my doc is now looking for protein and other bad actors that shouldn’t be in among my Haemoglobin. I’m also coming to grips with all of this and will be adjusting my life and eating habits accordingly.
It sucks but I’m impressed with my Doctor’s approach to all of this and his no bullshit attitude. It what I need in this new reality of mine.
In a non medical aside, I managed to pick up a very slightly used Canon 7D Mk. II for a decent price the other day. It might have involved driving across Toronto in first gear (traffic here really is a bitch sometimes) but considering the condition of the camera, it was worth it. I’ll post up some sample pics once I’ve got something decent to show off.
As always, you can check out my books at www.steveabbottauthor.com Health and life stuff aside, Devil’s Ante is nearing completion. In the meantime, if you enjoyed Devil’s Gambit, give my other book Reliance a read. It’s a great way to kill time on a stormy Autumn afternoon.