Let me start my saying that I feel bad for not being on here before now, but in truth, up until Monday I was doing ok and my RA was finally under control. Not that it is an excuse, because I could have supported many people on here who are maybe not having such a good time! I know now how important this site is and am sorry for not supporting it.
Anyway, I want to take this opportunity to share my recollection of the last week!
I was suffering from a sniffly nose last Sunday. I had driven to Exeter on Saturday to see my mum and sister at a craft show (we are card makers) and although a little tired from driving, I felt ok! Sunday I had a bit of a 'cold' but again nothing to worry about!!! I went to work on Monday, and even managed a little walk. However, that's when things changed. I came home from work and told my husband that I had ear ache and really didn't feel too good. I went to bed and slept badly. When I woke up I hurt all over, had a hacking cough, my ears were on fire and my cheeks bright red. I dosed myself up and rested all day. I went to bed dosed up and soon realised that this was not just an ordinary cold. I rang my Rheumy team, who couldn't have been more unhelpful! I managed to get a doctors appointment on Wednesday at 4.20pm where with temperature of 39.1 and a heart rate of over 160, I was fast tracked to Bournemouth Hospital and on a bed before 5.15pm. I have to admit that I was shocked and very scared, there was me thinking I just had a cold, oh no! I have an badly infected ear and sinuses and because of all my RA meds, my immune system was having a party with my joints and not the infection. My heart rate was high as it was trying to flush to infection out but not succeeding. I had an ECG, a chest x-ray and loads of blood tests. I had a bag of saline and once my blood results came back, I was given antibiotics intravenously.
Slowly, but surely, my temperature came down (37 at 4am Thursday morning!) and my heart rate had lowered to a reading that I was out of danger (about60!). I had another dose of antibiotics and lots more tests and at 10.30am this morning I was told I could go home!
I am still very weak, have a hacking cough and am completely exhausted, but with my husband waiting on me hand and foot, I know I will be better soon.
Armed with balsam tissues, Vaseline for my very sore nose, cough medicine and antibiotics and a lot of rest I am looking forward to feeling normal again!
I have to say that the doctors and nurses who treated me was fabulous even though they were concerned with my very fast beating heart!
I was warned that this could happen with all the medication I take, but I had no idea that I could have deteriorated so quickly. I wanted to share this, to make others aware and to ask if anyone else had experienced anything like this.
I'm so sorry this is so long and I wish everyone a good day