Feverish Break

I’m up, I’m up!

Or so I’d like to think.

I AM up, mostly. The fever seems to have gone down, mainly due to me sweating it out just now while I slept (regardless of what the docs say and proving that SOME old wives’ tales DO work) and my throat seems to be much better.

I have a bit of an ache from where the doc had stuck a needle into the vein on my left hand to draw the blood. How does one tell whether that person is used to drawing blood efficiently or not?

By the size of the bruise they leave when you finally take off the cotton on your wound.

(This, I’m pretty sure, is something [DMJewelle] can attest to)

The bruise isn’t that big (try about a 5 cent coin?) but it does sting. I’m glad I insisted on them taking the blood from my left hand instead of my right. As it stands now, my left hand’s wrist is resting on the comp table while my right hand is the one flying across the keys typing.

The other hand contributes, but mostly just makes small typing movements.

Gee, for someone who’s suspected of dengue (even though the doc herself admitted that it was a very small chance) I seem to be rather coherent, aren’t I? ([Grayfox] will definately attest to this: I don’t do iiko pets very well).

I have an annoying cough though, that comes and goes. Headaches too, comes and goes. I’m actually supposed to eat now, but the body’s not yet that hungry. I’ll wait a bit before I make something.

Was actually supposed to buy lunch when I was coming back from the doc’s, but as I felt a little disoriented on the way to the shops, I skipped that and came straight home to rest instead.

Ah well. Ok, time to eat, then meds and finally sleep again. Nite!

2 Responses

  1. DMJ July 18, 2008 / 7:07 PM

    1. This…is not really necessary. Haematomas have been caused by people having sucky fragile veins to begin with, and needle penetration alone might’ve caused the whole area to flood anyway. While bad phlebotomy techniques is a contributing factor, it isn’t the only one. In your case since you’ve been donating blood without problems it’s prolly the doctor, yes.

    That said, doctors are (generally) crap at phlebotomy unless they’re inserting a branula. Actual needles into actual veins? There’s a reason they send outpatients to the techs.

    2. Actual dengue fever can take up to 3 days to fully manifest. Your current coherency is not surprising.

    Geminianeyes: That would be true, but I think at the clinic just now the nurses didn’t really have much experience with needles. Not too sure though. She (the doc) was awfully eager to get my blood, bless her soul.

    Hmm… 3 days, you say? I’ll check in with the hospital on Saturday then. Fever seems to have a pattern: 10am in the morning, subsides around 2 and comes back again around 4-6. Thanks for the advice!

    PS: Blood test shows no fever though.

  2. DMJ July 19, 2008 / 5:04 PM

    on 2. When we check for dengue fever, we make sure the results match your platelet count (a dropping platelet count is indicative of haemorrhagic fever). If your platelets are still within acceptable range and the dengue fever test shows it could go either way, we say it’s negative. May vary from user to user though.

    Glad to hear your fever’s broken!

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