Thursday, November 22nd 2012
On Sunday (see The telescope that never was), I said I thought I might be sickening for something and it turned out that I was right.
I kept busy on Monday and didn’t feel any particular signs of distress but on Tuesday, began to feel very unwell. In the evening we settled down to watch a DVD but I just gave up on it half-way through and went to bed. Lying still with my eyes closed was the least uncomfortable position. During the night I had fever dreams, a sure sign of a raised temperature.
On Wednesday morning I felt a bit better and did a few of my usual activities but, as the day wore on, things went downhill and I felt very ill. The silly thing is that if you asked me how I felt unwell, what exactly was wrong, I wouldn’t have been able to say. There were no obvious symptoms. I just felt very unwell. I went bed early and just lay there with my eyes closed until I at last fell asleep and suffered fever dreams as I had the night before.
Apart from feeling ill, which is already bad enough, there was a further complication. On Tuesday I had received a phone call from UCH telling me that as there had been a cancellation, they could take me in for my operation on December 7th and I would attend a “pre-op” clinic on November 28th. My worry was that if I was ill, they would cancel the operation.
This morning I decided I had to consult the doctor urgently and so I phoned the surgery to make an emergency appointment. I was called for 10.40 but not actually seen until some time after that. The doctor, however, was kind and attentive and confirmed that I was running a temperature. He sent me to the toilet for a urine sample and told me I had a bladder infection, the second in less than a month (see Another A&E adventure).
The doctor prescribed antibiotics and told me to drink 3 litres a day, especially cranberry juice. “The bacteria don’t like it,” he said. I went to the shops to have my prescription dispensed and to buy cranberry juice, then returned home and gratefully got back into bed. I have been promised that I will feel better within 24 hours.