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Less-good Day
Today, unfortunately, was a less-good day. It started out quite wretched, but actually things are much better now.

Apparently I may be somewhat bee-allergic after all. Either that or it's infected. Yesterday morning when I woke up, my hand was still a bit swollen. I figured it would gradually go away, so I ignored it. Instead, it gradually grew bigger as the day progressed.

In the morning/afternoon, K and I went to the beach. I always make sure I dip my toes in the ocean any time I'm near it. Well I did that, though not much more than my toes because it was cold! We sat on the beach and enjoyed the sun for quite some time though. She tried to show me some sand crabs, though without success. We watched children flying kites. It was lovely.

In the evening, I checked into my hotel then went to my first convention event, a web slam. It was pretty interesting, but by then my hand was really bugging me. It had grown quite swollen, and it was radiating heat and throbbing. I tried to keep it elevated, but it wasn't really helping much. Eventually I just left early, too distracted and uncomfortable to stay.

I went to my hotel room around 9pm and tried to decide if I needed to see a doctor. Eventually I decided to go to sleep (I was very tired), and see how it looked in the morning.

I slept fitfully. At 4am I was awake, my hand was throbbing and was bigger than before. I could barely bend the index finger at all it was so puffy. I had planned on waiting until business-hours to see somebody, but figured that the sooner I got help, the sooner I'd feel better. Plus, I had conference stuff to do later in the morning.

So I spoke to the hotel staff and they directed me to a local hospital. It turned out to be some kind of insurance-specific hospital, which was supposed to only take their own patients, but I didn't know that. They said they'd treat me anyway, since I was there.

The doctor listened to my story, looked at my hand, and said it looked like it was probably an allergic reaction, but it could also be an infection. He prescribed me drugs for both, 2 kinds of allergy and 1 antibiotic, and he gave me a tetnus shot.

Because I didn't have their insurance, I couldn't use the hospital's pharmacy. I went back to my hotel to find out where I could find a drug store. They said the 24-hour ones were really far away. The close ones didn't open until 9am, and it was only 6am by then. I decided I was tired, and sick of driving around, so I went back to bed for awhile.

At 9am I left my hotel, started driving, then realized I'd forgotten my insurance card. I turned around, reentered the hotel, then realized I'd forgotten my room card! Sheesh. I was so frustrated and unhappy by this point. Got a new room key, got my card, went back on the road, then (finally) got some drugs.

Oh yeah, and when it was 4am and I was driving myself to the hospital alone in a strange city, unable to even close my hand around the steering wheel? A dashboard light of some sort came on in my car. Yes, it was that kind of day. I don't even know what kind of warning light it is. It says "check", and it has some indiscernible line drawing underneath it. The rental car does not have an owners manual in the glove compartment, and I have no idea what that picture is supposed to indicate. So I didn't know what to check, even if I weren't busy trying to take care of visiting a hospital, getting drugs, and going to a conference! I still haven't checked whatever it is, so my car will probably blow up in my face soon.

So that was my miserable morning. I then got myself registered at the conference and sat in on a couple of sessions. I was feeling pretty miserable and anti-social though, so I didn't introduce myself to anybody or anything. When the lunch break came, I went back to my hotel room and ordered room service. I moped about, did some reading, and eventually ended up taking a nap. I kept intending to return to the conference, but didn't actually make it back until 5pm.

On the plus side, when I woke up from my nap my hand finally seemed less swollen. I'm feeling quite a lot better now. I'm going to attempt to be somewhat social this evening, and I'm having dinner with a friend tonight. Typing isn't very easy or comfortable though, so I should probably stop complaining and start conferencing. I'm speaking tomorrow morning...I expect and hope that by then I'll be feeling worlds better!
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From: (Anonymous) Date: October 14th, 2003 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bless your heart! I hate having crap like that happen when I am traveling alone, it's just miserable. Hang in there and be careful in that messed up car. And take all of the antibiotics, even if you feel better! (Sorry, I'm channeling my mother...)

~Julie (http://www.picky-eater.com/)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Julie, I appreciate it! I traded in the messed up car, and I promise I'll be a good girl and take all of my pills. heehee.
drteeth26 From: drteeth26 Date: October 14th, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad you had that checked out!

I'm sorry that you had such a rough day. We all have 'em. :( Maybe tomorrow will be better. I just hope you'll be OK by the time you give your talk.

Hang in there, and talk to you soon.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: October 14th, 2003 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Take care of yourself. Hope you're better in the morning.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: October 14th, 2003 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear you have a new allergy or infection. And while you are out of town too!

But glad to hear you are feeling better!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 15th, 2003 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)

bummer...

sounds like it was a lousy thing, but you've delt with it like a real trooper...!
glad to hear it's getting better...

YEAH for Renniekins! GOOD LUCK with the presentation this morning we all want to hear how brilliant it turns out!!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: bummer...

Well I'm not sure I was a trooper...I mostly just got really sad and forlorn. Then I hid in my hotel room and took a bunch of naps. But I got through it, that's what's important. I'm feeling much better today.

The talk went pretty well I think! At least nobody threw tomatos or even walked out or anything, so I guess it was a success. Thanks muchly!!!!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: October 16th, 2003 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

no donated produce...

YEAH!
so glad to hear that!!!

and we knew that in these hard economic times that people would be very unlikely to throw away money on rotten food anyway... ;-)

I think that someone's got a new career option!
talk circit commentator!!! :-)
safe trip back east!
From: blueskies131 Date: October 15th, 2003 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
sorry to hear about your hand, i hope it gets better soon!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, it is much better today...yay!
operatic From: operatic Date: October 15th, 2003 07:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Ouch! Hope you're feeling better today (and that your presentation goes well). *hug!*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Yes, today was a much better day. I'm healing, and my talk was fairly successful! Amazing what difference a day can make (well, and a bunch of drugs..*grin*).
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: October 15th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Well now we expect updates on your hand.

Poor Rennikins alone and sick in a foreign land.

Tough Rennikins dealing with it all on her own.

Take your rental car back to the rental place and get another car. Check lights are their responsibility.
So says B of MN.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: October 15th, 2003 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who/what is B of MN? I did exchange my car last night, since I drove right by the airport on the way home from dinner. One less thing to worry about, at least.

I'm much better today, thanks. (:
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