Ok, not very good news I'm afraid, Don't know if this is a first for this forum but am currently writing this from my hospital bed.. my son just brought my lap top in and connected to the hospital wifi network, something I'm not teched up enough to do myself. He also brought me in a bag of wine gums.
Anyway, things escalated pretty quickly and before I knew it I was being taken to hospital by ambulance, hence the abrupt ending of replies in my previous thread. As you can imagine..there's so much gone on since monday that it would take an age to write down, especially for a one finger typist like me. So not to beat around the bush ; I've got a badly infected hip joint, which could be related to a UTI that I had a few weeks ago. Result is I've had it operated on and washed out yesterday and have been restricted to bed since. Pain has definitely eased, couldn't have got any worse as it really was that bad!! I'm nil by mouth from midnight as there was a lot of infection so need another wash out tomorrow to clear what remains and possibly a third after that. Not sure how long I need to stay in hospital but I obviously won't be let out until infection clears, which will be at least a fortnight and probably a fair bit longer than that. Had first lot of IV antibiotics tuned to kill the type of bacteria I have and will receive it daily until doctors are happy infection is under control. To further complicate things and dampen my spirits even more.,doctors don't like operating until 2 weeks after your last enbrel injection as it slows down the healing process of wounds. Just my luck to have injected last thursday. My consultant was not very happy about this but said if he did not operate within 2 days then I would be in serious trouble. I think they want to talk with rheumy about my meds, which is something I need to do as well. Not sure I'm happy carrying on with enbrel as this is the third infection I've had within a short time and I've not been taking enbrel for very long either. Not saying enbrel's entirely to blame for these infections but it sure needs to be discussed with my rheumy.
Got to have my BP etc taken now so must sign off