Tuesday, December 1, 2015
A small health crisis
I don't make a habit of recording my fortunately rare ailments but being an old guy, I am inclined to mention the badder ones. I got a severe attack of diverticulitis on Saturday morning (Nov. 28). I was pretty sure what it was as I was found to have diverticuli many years ago and have had the very occasional attack since. In the past I have always "cured" them by simple steps such as going on a liquid diet for a day or two.
This attack was a very painful one, however, and was, as such, pretty disabling. So I thought it could be something more serious than inflamed diverticuli. I therefore took myself off to my usual private hospital and had a CAT scan, as one does.
The service at the hospital was first class as usual. I saw a very good duty doctor and was in the scanner not much longer than 30 minutes after I had walked in the door. Try to get that promptness of treatment from a public hospital! It cost me a net $160 to walk in the door but after that my health insurance covered everything.
The scan confirmed diverticulitis so I was given a couple of intravenous infusions of antibiotics and sent on my way with a scrip for Augmentin, the current drug of choice for diverticulitis. The Dr wanted to admit me but I have had enough of hospitals, even the ones that are first class. But the infusions I got did seem to reduce the problem to a degree so I felt my choice was reasonable anyhow.
When I took the Augmentin tablet that night, however, it gave me terrible nausea, a known side-effect. I was chucking for about 6 hours. So the cure was marginally worse than the disease. So on Sunday and Monday I took nothing at all, in my usual way. I am no pill-popper. At age 72 I take nothing routinely, which is apparently rather rare
But the problem was still grumbling away to some extent first thing this morning so I went and saw my GP at mid-morning. He agreed that Augmentin can be a problem. He said he can't take it either, as it gives him diarrhoea. It's a clever drug but not right for everyone. So the Flagyl and Keflex I got from my GP have had some use now with good results already appearing. I should be right pretty soon.
Anne was very helpful while I was really ill, doing what she could for me. I am still keeping to fairly mushy food at the moment so I got her to feed me some scrambled eggs for my tea tonight. She makes excellent scrambled eggs so they went down very well.