Sunday, October 23, 2011

Interesting Weekend

So this weekend was an interesting weekend.  Friday, I went to my doc's for my annual check-up.  I braced myself to be scolded about my weight gain.  I knew I'd have to have my usual panel of blood work: CBC w/ DIFF, Liver & Lipid panel, CMP, and Thyroid.  My doc increased my inhaled steroids and insisted that I get a flu shot - which I NEVER get.  Feeling guilty about my weight gain and not in the mood to argue, I said I would have the flu shot.  The medical assistant came in and administered the injection.  By Sat., the area was reddened and painful, so I popped some ibuprofen and headed out the door to travel to OH.  By the time we got home Saturday night, the area was raised, red, hot to the touch, and swollen.  UGH!  I popped some ibuprofen and Benadryl (and snapped a pic).


Saturday, we journeyed to OH to see the entire clan in celebration of my birthday!!  It was so much fun!  My parents hosted a HUGE BBQ and my entire family was there!  We ate and ate and ate and then had some nummy cake!!!  I absolutely had a terrific time.  The kids were thrilled to play with their cousins and I was excited to see my brother & sister and their families.

Today I woke up with my arm even worse.  :'(  I've been icing the arm and keeping on track with Ibuprofen and Benadryl, but the edema and erythema aren't subsiding.  Looks like I may need to see my doc tomorrow to make sure cellulitis hasn't set in.  Yep, I'll never get another flu shot after this debacle.  Needless to say, I ran a fever all day and felt like complete crud.  So I curled up in bed, in my jammies, and slept a good portion of the day.  When I wasn't sleeping, I was listening to podcasts.  I also got started on a new pair of socks, Cabletini Toe-Up Socks by Wendy D. Johnson.  I'm knitting them in Lion Brand Yarn Sock Ease #203 - Red Hots.  The pattern has a simple 4 row cable repeat that is super easy to memorize. So I can tell that these socks will work up uber fast - probably just as fast as vanilla socks!

I also tweeked my project bag a tad.  I added a 2nd drawstring - so there is a drawstring on either side, making it easier to open and close.  I hope to sew a few more bags this week!

Well, it's been an interesting weekend.  Hopefully this week will go pretty smoothly. Keep fingers crossed that my arm looks better by tomorrow so that I don't have to hoof it to the doc's office. :)



  1. Love the sock! I just downloaded the pattern and think it may be my first toe up sock project.

  2. Ouch, that looks so sore. Sorry to hear that the flu shot has caused you such grief. We (hubby and I) have gotten it for approx. 10 yrs without any problems and thankfully with no sickness throughout the winter until this past winter and for some reason we just never got around to getting it. Yep, you guessed it. We were both sick throughout the winter with my husband picking up some sort of virus that even attacked his pancreas causing him to be quite sick. So needless to say we are getting it this year as soon as it becomes available here.

    Feel better and see the doc tomorrow for sure! Glad you were able to enjoy your birthday celebration.

    My daughter and I took in the Woodstock Fleece Festival yesterday and really enjoyed it!

  3. Ugh flu shots. I never get them because I tend to itch them and they get red like that. However this year I have no choice considering we have a 2.5 month old little one so time for me to "take one for the team." Hopefully your arm improves soon :(

  4. Ugh, nasty welt. Hope the swelling goes down soon. My husband and I don't get the flu shot either. We're in generally good health, thankfully, so I don't see the need. On a brighter note, cake, sock, bag...awesome! Feel better! :-)

  5. Nasty reaction. Perhaps the tech who gave it messed up. happy Birthday- My birthday was last week too and I live in OH! We could be twins! LOL but I'm way older. I'm making those Wendy socks too- OK this is getting creepy.. Hope your arm is better.

  6. I think you should call your doctor right now. That really isn't a normal reaction to a flu shot. Best of luck,

  7. Omgosh that looks painful. I always told myself I don't need or want a flu shot. You just verified some of my reasoning.

  8. Ugh. Hopefully the joy of your birthday celebration outweighed that nasty flu shot!

    And if I become addicted to Twitter it's your fault!!! I'd resisted very well, until now.

  9. I hope that heals up for you quickly. Ouch!

  10. Ouch, poor you. Hope your arm is better soon.


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