I broke down and went to the doctor this afternoon. We're all sick, but I have the added bonus of having some weird giant sore on my nose. I had one just like it about six weeks ago.
Because my day job is in health care and I can correctly use words like "febrile" I think I can diagnose myself. Kids, don't try this at home.
Six weeks ago, I decided I had a cold sore on the edge of my nose. Since Thanksgiving, I have been under stress like you wouldn't believe. I treated it with Abreva, lysine, and Acyclovir. Eventually, very slowly, it went away.
Then we went to Europe. My daughter got sick in Paris, something I figured out only after I had finished off her baguette. I got sort of sick in London, and have been feeling kind of grotty since Saturday. We got back to the States Monday.
And yesterday the thing on my nose came back. And I decided it was impetigo.
Guess what? The doctor says it was worse than that. It's cellulitis. As in, take these horse pill antibiotics and use this topical cream antibiotic for the next 10 days. Or else.
The "or else" part looks like it could be bad. Like meningitis. When I was in college, my roommate's dad had had meningitis and his left leg dragged. Or cavernous sinus thrombosis, which causes "bulging eyes, severe headache, drowsiness or coma, seizures, a high fever, and abnormal sensations or muscle weakness in certain areas."
All I know is I feel crappy. So crappy that when the pharmacist told me I couldn't eat for two hours before or two hours after taking a pill, it seemed pretty clear to me that I was not going to be eating for the next 10 days.