Flucloxacillin Fiasco

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So recently I had to take a week long course of flucloxacillin, all because of my usual summer problem, being bitten by insects. It happens every year and every year I end up covered in little(ish) lumps for a few months. Except this time it didn’t stay like that.

This was the initial lump that I dicovered the first evening while getting ready for bed. This is pretty normal for me so I didn’t much of it at the time.

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Overnight it grew and developed…it looks a little shiny because of the hydrocortizone cream I was slapping on it. I got through an entire tube of the stuff in a couple of days. As you can see it started to develop rings and get really interesting looking…

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…and it didn’t stop growing either. The day after my initial discovery of the bite I think it tripled in size at least untill it covered close to half my thigh…

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This was the point when I decided I should take it to a doctors. It was really hot and swollen and it began to leak fluid quite badly from the central area which had gone oddly thick and hard. Actually getting into a doctors was a bit of an experince and I ended up going to the local out-of-hours clinic who are excellant, very helpful and friendly people, and gave me the prescription for the flucloxacillin.

The flucloxacillin ended up being even worse than the actuall insect bite, infected or not. It was like I’d suddenly developed a really bad cold, I was coughing and grotty feeling and all bunged up, ridiculously tired, and increasingly as the seven days went on I couldn’t eat solid food. My throat was too sore and painful and it was getting more and more difficult to swallow. At one point I even began to have difficulties speaking because my tounge began to be affected.

Should I have gone back to the doctors and explained what was happening, that the only thing I could manage to eat was jelly and yougurt? Maybe, possibly…probably. I think I jus got very fixated on finishing the course of tablets, antibiotics are something you don’t mess around with for very good reasons.

As soon as I finsished the course of tablets my health improved, I’m still coughing a little bit but I’m back on normal food and feeling pretty normal now, and if a doctor tires putting me flucloxacillin again I’m going to refuse it. I just have a nasty suspision that if my body reacted like this, this time, then next time it might be even worse. I don’t know for certain but do I really want to find out?

Snow in England

It goes something like this. During the night there will be a vague sprinkling, about half an inch say, which result in something like this by around half six in the morning…

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Pitiful isn’t it. And of course by lunch it’s mostly gone…

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Best Christmas Gift Award Goes to…

…this fan object for my fan-fiction. It was such a surprise too, so yes that is a box from some Black Russian cigarettes, which if you read my Carrow stories you will know are the favoured smoke of Timothy Faulks…

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…and it gets better…

 

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…getting thanked by fictional people never gets old 🙂

Christmas was quiet…

…really quiet, which was actually quite nice, and involved lots of film watching and reading and just general relaxing. I decided to go tinsel-less with the tree this year and it turned out so well I’m most likely to repeat the experience next year…

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…the rest of my Christmas day was spent evicting sparrows. I can’t decide whether they were trying to get in out of the weather or they were looking for nesting sights…

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The second one a male was really confident and let me get quite close before deciding he prefred the bathroom to my company. It made it easier evicting him.