The first visit to the hospital was a scheduled appointment for dh, as he had to have a CAT scan as he has a persistant cough and chest problems. The only reason I went was that dh's truck was in the garage for a service, so I was recruited to be his driver for the afternoon. So lets pray and hope it's nothing too to serious for dh.
The second visit was NOT scheduled, read on to find out why!!
As you all know I went and hurt my arm with the brush cutter over two weeks ago, read here Things have been up and down with my arm ever since. I went to the doctors a week ago and he said it was mending nicely and not to worry about the lump it would go.
A couple of you have been asking how my arm is, so last night I was looking at it, and it was still lumpy. On further investigation; me squeezing it, I discovered it was full of pus and liquid. On even more further investigation; me poking it even further, I discover a black object in it. So after poking about in it for a while with a pin and tweezers I was finally able to get hold of the black object, but couldn't pull it out.
So I got dh to try and he decided to go and get his tool for pulling nails out of wood to grip this black thing. I know you're all yelling.....NO!!!!! He did wipe the end on his pants just to make sure he got some of the dirt off!! Anyhow, he could get hold of this black object but it didn't want to come out of my arm. Plus by this point I had figured out it was a piece of metal. Both me and dh decided this was a hospital job, as we figured the skin had grown around the piece of metal and someone was going to have to cut my arm open to get it out.
So just after 8pm of we trot to the hospital again. At 11:15pm we saw the doctor in emergency and he cut open my arm; after freezing it I am pleased to say, and cut out a piece of metal that was sort of shaped like a "U" He said it was like a fish hook, as the more we were pulling on the one end, the other end was digging into the flesh of my arm, so I would never have got it out without ripping open the arm, which would have been painful.
Of course I had to have a tetanus shot as goodness knows when I last had one of those; and off I went at 11:35pm. We were all tucked up in bed by midnight, shattered. Poor dh had to be up his usual time of 4:20am, and Molly had me up her usual time of 6am. So I can see and early night in store for us.
Oh and a bit of good luck with all of this. Remember how the dentist put me on an antibiotic for my tooth, see here Well we figure that is what has helped keep the infection in my arm down during this past week. I got another prescription for some more antibiotics last night, but will only fill it if my arm starts to flare up again.
So the moral of this story, one trip to the hospital can lead to two. That British Woman should never be allowed to use the brush cutter with the metal blade on it. If you have a lump in your arm and it looks lumpy, investigate earlier on in the day, so you can get to bed at your normal time, otherwise the next day you will be bone weary, which is not helpful when you have a busy day ahead of you!
Well I had better get on, as I still have my Orangeville Banner column to write for this week!