Have you noticed, it cant just be me, any holiday period, whether it's Xmas or Bank Holidays etc., attracts new medical problem? My carer helps me in the shower. Well, not wishing to be too graphic there is a sore under the armpit. This morning she said I should call the Surgery, ask gp to come and take a quick look. She came this evening (hard working gp). I have an infected lymph node. She gave me a script for anti-bacterial/steroid cream + oral antibiotics. I decided to google it. I have a history of fluid retention (seriously, Michelin Man, put me in hospital!) and Cellulitis. GP did check me over, she's always thorough, & she's happy nothing scary going on. Lymph nodes are the glands that are supposed to flush waste and bacteria through the system. Assuming you have a normal functioning immune system of course! I have so many conditions that come back to this. They cant really do much about it, apart from giving more meds. But it could be worse. There is so much in my life to be grateful for. Frustration sometimes gets the better of me. I have this feeling that I'm missing out. Boredom is often my worst problem. Combined with 'brain fog' so I cant concentrate, much of my time I struggle to find something new, interesting to do. Eventually exhaustion takes over and I sleep, lose a couple of days. But for now, I will take the meds. No matter what, I am going to enjoy Christmas. My lovely boys are calling every pre- bedtime. "6 more sleeps Nana!" etc. My lovely GP has given me some Prednisolone, which gives a lift, mentally and physically. If I could live on them I would. Too dangerous. It drives the appetite, you just eat and eat. I was stuck on them for 3 years. I had double pneumonia that put me in Intensive Care. I still need the oxygen concentrator. My GP trusts me to not abuse steroids. It was a nightmare to stop them last time, never again!!
I'm rambling now. I AM going to have a good time this Christmas regardless, and wish everyone out there the same. Tulip xx