September 2009


While slogging my way through notes written more than a month ago to get back on track with my theories on Republican Scare Tactics versus President Obama’s Health Care Reform, I noticed a new comment and felt a need to post it here:

Dear Diane Soper

Dear Diane,

My husband, on the day of finally admitting he needed to see a doctor, was – in my opinion – perilously sick – and with mostly the same symptoms you’ve just described for your husband.

When the GP sent us home that first day with a script for antibiotics and instructions to return the following day I literally had to bite my tongue to keep still. I’d packed a bag ten minutes after I saw the wound, and did not understand the decision to send us home rather than to the hospital.

A week later this cautionary delay developed into emergency surgery with a team of four doctors. While spouse is doing well now, I should have made noise – a lot of it – back on day one.

There have been two other little ‘spots’ which I did make noise about and both were treated immediately.  After the second eruption was found this weekend, our schedule has again changed, this time to allow a nurse with a trained eye to check him every other day. He can’t take any more antibiotics for a while as he’s taken so many in such a short time (this, of course, is the downside of antibiotic treatments) so it’s even more important now that any new potential carbuncles be caught as early as possible.  And I not only examine his skin daily, I also watch for any change in his mood, eating or sleeping habits, which might also be symptomatic of something being wrong.

I have actually gone through two full scripts of antibiotics myself, with the annoying consequence of having a thrush (yeast)  infection that just won’t go away. So please know that all the careful cleaning, hand-washing, wearing of protective gloves and eyewear while unpacking his wound and repacking it again is not a guarantee of immunity against his infection.

Diane – we’re all behind you.  Listen to your gut. Your instincts matter. Make noise. Don’t be afraid to share all your concerns about your husband with his doctors. And take care of yourself because you are one-half of a team, not a spectator. All those good people out there who kept telling me to take care of me – they were all spot on.  It’s absolutely the best advice of all.

You and your husband are in my prayers, and I’m sure in those of our readers, too. Please let us know how you’re gettting on 🙂
OzMud

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From my email bag this week, a quote from an (undated) article in the Australian Shooter Magazine:

If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the past 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington, DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period. That means you are about 25 per cent more likely to be shot and killed in the US capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the US, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: “The US should pull out of Washington.”

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On a more personal note, spouse is doing well.  Again, thanks so much for all your prayers and gracious good wishes.

Our routine has morphed. A nurse now looks on while I repack the wound twice a week and the rest of the time I’m on my own. So far it’s all good. Standing on a stool alternating a moblie showerhead and torch in one hand while using cotton buds to dig out the crud with the other is not the most pleasant of jobs, but it’s infinitely preferable to spending every morning at the the hospital ER.

It’s actually allowed me a bit of time to spend in my garden this past week. I consider it a lovely reward. September marks the onset of Spring in Australia and the weather has been good enough to have morning tea on the patio. Here, see for yourself:

Back porch view of the Queen's Wreath

Back porch view of the Queen's Wreath

 

Queen's Wreath close-up

Queen's Wreath close-up

 

Flowering Begonia along the south fence

Flowering Begonia along the south fence

 

Shrimp Plant along the south fence

Shrimp Plant along the south fence

 

Purple Stasis, Pink Rose and nature's hero, the humble Ladybug

Purple Stasis, Pink Rose and nature's hero, the humble Ladybug

Tomorrow it’s back to the business of health care and my generation.

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