May 21st, 2008

Feeling Ill

I was awoken from a poor night's sleep at 4:00 am by a hacking, rasping cough. I took some Tylenol and a Fisherman's Friend throat lozenge, and went back to sleep, but the cough was still with me when I finally roused again at 7:15 am. I felt pretty lousy, and still do, and think I've definitely come down with a bug. The phlegm is dripping down the back of my throat, and my head is stuffed up. Called work, and told them I am taking a sick day. Went back to bed, and got up about 15 minutes ago. Took my "half-hour pill" med, and still feel pretty bad, plus my chest hurts when I breathe. Am typing this while I wait the half-hour before I can have a bit of breakfast, but will eat lightly.

The pinkie toe continues to be inflamed, and hurts but not as badly this morning. My blood sugar this morning is 10.2, and that's very high for before breakfast; it's another indicator that I'm ill.

Thank Goddess I'm going to the doctor(s) today.
  • Current Music
    None - Have a headache

A Day at the Doctors

Came back from the doctors at about 5:00 pm, as I had to stop off for some groceries for tonight's supper on the way back. Not fun, walking on this foot. :(

As suspected, the pinkie toe is infected. The family doctor was somewhat concerned about this, and proscribed Biaxin (the usual anti-biotic of choice), but I have to come off the Lopid in order to take it. The Biaxin, it is hoped, will take care of both my toe infection and my chest cold or whatever it is (that I note spross has as well, but his case is pretty mild so far). I'm to not wear shoes, not walk too much, and keep the foot elevated when possible. I've got an appointment with him in two weeks, and if it's noticeably worse before then, I'm to make another appointment with him. He also suggested that I find a footcare place in Ottawa that handles diabetics. As far as the diabetes is concerned, he maintains that the a1C blood sugar levels are acceptable by Canadian Diabetes Association standards, but he would prefer to see them lower. Other than that, his real concern was the triglycerides stuff.

At the Diabetes Clinic, the doctor concurred with my family doctor about the foot after looking at the toe, and suggested an appointment at the Diabetes FootCare Clinic - only problem is that they're booked solid until August! On the actual diabetes front, he thought that things were being managed relatively well, but proscribed an additional drug to my regimen, Diamicron to help with the blood sugars.

Despite what I consider to be bad values on all my blood tests, both doctors told me that I'm doing relatively well. Not too bad a report, although the business with the foot and toe nail is still pretty bad.
  • Current Music
    Warren Zevon - "Werewolves of London"