Don't you hate it when I don't post anything for a long time? I have a real good excuse this time. I've been sick.
About 10 days ago I was taking a shower after working in the yard all day and I noticed a hard lump on my leg. It was at an old angle, but as best as I could tell it was a purplish color and it felt a bit like marbles underneath. I checked it out on the Internet and by my awesome self-diagnosis skills determined it to be a spider bite. If I felt bad the next day, I was definitely going to the doctor. My wife drew a black circle around the bite with a Sharpie to ensure that we knew if it got bigger.
It never got bigger. I never felt worse. The area softened to its normal state. It was never hot. It never itched. It never hurt. However, the odd coloring never went away.
On Monday, a full 9 days later, I started feeling like I was in a funk. I attributed it to being in the sun all day while we were at the Dover 400. I was basically in a stupor and was useless. I think I even left work later.
That night I suddenly, and I'm not exaggerating, felt weird. My body was getting achy and I wasn't able to sleep. It felt like the onset of the flu. I ended up watching 3 episodes of Fast & Loud between midnight and 3am, which is a really cool show. Check it out.
The next day I called out from work and basically slept all day. Achy body and everything. I called out again the next day, but felt a little better - 42.6% better to be exact. However, I now had a low-grade fever.
This morning I woke up and my chest was really tight and it hurt. I have a chronic cough. And asthma. And reflux. What a wonderful combination! The discharge is lovely. Anyway, today's discharge was slightly bloody. Doctor time.
I rattled off my symptoms to the doctor and she said it looks and sounds like Lyme's disease. They're doing blood-work to confirm. The chest sounded terrible, so they did an X-Ray to confirm pneumonia. That came back negative, so I'm being treated for bronchitis. Ever been on Prednisone? That's like getting a blank check to act bat-shit crazy. Side effects include irritability, nervousness, hyperactivity, dimmed cognitive abilities, frequent urination, and a strong desire to raise taxes and ignore the Constitution. Hey, wait a minute......I might be on to something here.
So - in conclusion, self-diagnosis on the Internet is not always a good thing, if you get anything that looks like this on your leg, then go to the doctor RIGHT AWAY!!!! It's a lot less colorful than it was, but still colorful enough. Hopefully my Obamacare will pay for this.