Jul. 19th, 2017 06:06 pm
sareini: (doctor)
I had plans for not going anywhere for the rest of the week, I really did. But as the saying goes, "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."

For the past couple of weeks or so I've been having a pain in my right hip. At first I thought it was down to sitting in a new chair at the computer, and did my best to change my posture to try to fix the problem. Plus, it only seemed to occur when I was getting up from the chair, so I thought little of it. But it didn't go away, and started getting worse - staying around for longer and happening when I turned over in bed or walked up or down the stairs. And the pain got worse as well.

I did some research on the internet, consulting Doctor Google, and came to the conclusion that it was most likely a case of Burstitis of the hip - annoying, certainly, but by no means life-threatening and treatable with painkillers. At some point, I told myself, I would brave the nightmare of the telephone system that my GP uses for appointments and get it looked at, but there was no rush.

...at least there was no rush until today, when I woke up to pain so bad whenever I did anything but sit that I was almost being sick or falling over, and painkillers were doing nothing. There was no way to get a doctor's appointment (I tried registering online and got told I could book one appointment online, but then it told me I couldn't book an appointment until I'd had an appointment, thus becoming a Mobius Appointment System) for at least three weeks, and I wasn't going to go to a walk-in centre or worse, A&E for something that, as painful as it was, wasn't going to kill me any time soon, so there was only one option left to me.

Hobble into town (or at least to the bus stop) and go to Boots the Pharmacist for some painkilling gel.

Thankfully the journey was more or less easy and I got myself a large tube of Deep Freeze gel, and thank Eris and all the little Discordian saints, it works! Not 100%, but enough that I can move around without so much pain that I honestly think I'm going to be sick with it. I've had plantar fasciitis, sciatica and a bladder and kidney infection that have all had me on bed rest for a week or more with the pain, and this hip pain was pretty damn close to them. Hopefully the gel will keep the pain levels down till I can see an actual doctor (fun times calling at 8am and praying to beat the rush of everyone else who needs an appointment as well).

I had plans to watch a dodgy 1980 sci-fi horror movie today and review it as well. Instead I've been watching mocked-up Emergency Broadcast videos and scaring myself half to death instead (I should explain all that in another post).
sareini: default (Discworld - Ibid)
Feeling a lot better today. This is because Nick (also now running low on his meds) went up to the doctors' surgery this morning and sat outside for 20 minutes waiting for it to open at 8am,. then went in an requested an appointment with a doctor to get his perscription. It was the same song and dance as with me at first - "Oh, we've got nothing left for today" (at 8am? Bloody hell, there must be an epidemic!), "Can you see a nurse?" (well, only if nurses can write perscriptions), but Nick was polite and persistant - and over 6 feet tall and bearded - and they eventually said that they'd get his perscription done today and he could call back after 4 to pick it up. No no doubt when he does so they won't have it done and there'll be all sorts of shenanigans, but I've just advised Nick to remind them that these meds are such that people are not supposed to go off them suddenly without medical (read: hospital) supervision because their withdrawl symptoms are so bad, and so he can't wait till Monday/Tuesday.

Yes, the "medical supervision" thing is true, too - Side Effects of discontinuing Effexor suddenly. And yes, I've been suffering all those symptoms over the last several days.

Jelly slept on my bed with me for part of last night, which was nice even if she did take up most of the space (How? How? She's about 5lbs pregnant! How can she manage to take up so much space?)

Got a book in the mail this morning - I've discovered ReadItSwapIt, which is a site where you register your books and then people can swap one of their books (you get to choose) for one of yours that they like the look of. I got The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which I've wanted to read for a while now, but I'm mildly concerned because apparently my swapper hasn't recieved the book I sent out, even though it went 1st class on Wednesday. Hopefully Royal Mail haven't eaten it or something...

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