Just checking in again...
I've had a rough week. I thought I was coming down with the flu or some kind of virus but it just kept getting worse and wouldn't shift... long story short... it turns out I had a kidney infection but didn't suspect that at all because I had none of the usual (ya know... bladder...umm girly...UTI type) symptoms due to the fact that the infection had been dormant behind the scenes for months and it all of a sudden flared up into a full blown urosepsis...
...in other words the infection had got into the bloodstream and what I thought was a bad case of the flu - lol, silly looking back on it, I shouldn't have thought this was *just* the flu and gone straight to the doctor. I had 2 nights where I was so close to going to Emergency but I kept telling myself it was just a virus or flu and that it would go away.
Dumbass me. I had fever, violet shaking, chills, sweating, I was hyperventilating and couldn't breathe properly, I couldn't eat; literally couldn't put any food in my mouth (all I could eat were those glucose jellybeans!), vomiting multiple times a day (I lost like 4kg in a week!), couldn't lie down, was so weak I could hardly walk and couldn't have a shower, my heart was beating at a million miles an hour, I had restless legs, and basically was in pain all over my body and kind of felt like I was going to pass out.
Anyway, after days of this and it not easing up at all, I finally dragged myself to the doctor (my own GP is away so I had to see someone else) and after urine tests and bloodwork, found out what I was passing off as "the flu" and thinking I would have to just let it run its course, was actually a kidney infection (no doubt from a bladder/UTI infection because I had a bad stint with a few of them a while back and thought I had treated them but obviously they weren't completely gone and made their way into the kidneys) that had turned into Sepsis! Friggin' hell... no wonder I was feeling like I was going to die! XD Next time I won't be such a dumbass and try to struggle through the crisis that I should have been hospitalised for and on IV antibiotics and no doubt other stuff.
But anyway, mystery solved. Just wished I could've saved myself all that worry... but just hope the antibiotics have kicked it in the guts now and it won't come back. *fingers crossed* I never want to have to go through that again.
I'm just relieved now that I have an answer - I thought I was going mad! I was also alone (my family has been away on holidays) when it happened, so that didn't help much. The antibiotics kicked in like freakin' lightning though - the morning after waking up after only taking one of them, I could put food in my mouth without gagging and my body completely rejecting it after not being able to for an entire week! It was amazing! Day by day on the antibiotics I was able to start walking again (I always try to "walk things out" when I'm sick) but I'm still feeling quite weak but I'm on the mend now. The first day that I actually woke up without being freezing and dripping in sweat, with the ability to breathe and not shaking and shivering so much that I couldn't fall back asleep... well, it was the biggest relief EVER! You have no idea how happy I am that it's over, I was so worried and frightened because I just couldn't work out why it wasn't going away or at least easing up... plus I was trying to think of what sort of flu could be bad enough that I almost couldn't dress myself!
So the moral of the story is, don't always assume everything in winter is the bloody flu! XD And don't try to struggle through things which could actually be extremely serious (so glad I didn't... like... die! XD) because you're a fighter and don't like to admit that you can't get through the flu or a virus without complaining. LOL.
How wonderful it is to feel better though! Don't take health for granted folks. I sometimes do and I shouldn't and even then I often don't suspect anything more serious than a simple virus or a bad cold, because I exercise, drink 7-8 glasses of water every day, eat tons of veggies, salad and fruit even though I have a sweet tooth and a love for rich foods as well; I do balance it out with the good stuff, and I take Omega 3 and a B Complex vitamin supplement each day as well.
So, definitely gotta nurse myself back to health now 'cause I hate the way a course of antibiotics makes one feel due to it lowering the immune system; already given me a mouth full of ulcers and a cold... but yeah, I'll welcome any kind of cold after that! All I can say is THANK GOD FOR ANTIBIOTICS! - whenever I think it'd be cool to disappear into the Victorian era, let's just hope I can smuggle a few packets of antibiotics in the time machine with me!
- take care everyone xx... hope you're all well... or at least better than I've been!
- Current Mood: relieved