I had a phone call the other day to offer me a cancellation slot for my Hidradenitis surgery on Friday; I need at least a week’s course of antibiotics beforehand though, so couldn’t accept, but she told me to go for a pre-op assessment today anyway.
It took a while to go through my medical history and treatment list, then I had the usual BP and chest checks, followed by an ECG and then… another blood test. I hadn’t had much notice so was only able to try a few of the tips I posted the other day; however, I asked the phlebotomist if she could take blood from somewhere other than my ‘infusion vein’ and after two attempts she managed to find another that will work for bloodtests but isn’t suitable for cannulation. So we managed to get enough blood and give my overused vein a break, phew!
My procedure is now booked for the 22nd August, which is pretty soon but at least gives me time to heal before our trip to New York. I am also relieved that someone is finally doing something about it as I’ve been putting up with this for over a year now and, as well as being sore, it is annoying to have to think about it all the time. The problem is, I seem to have developed another swelling around the glands on the opposite side and a smaller one next to the first; I really hope that these are like earlier abscesses I experienced and heal themselves.
Unfortunately, the specialist feels that this is all down to being on immuno-suppressant drugs for so long and there’s not much I can do about that. I’ll just have to hope that with the antibiotics and surgery there’ll be no more infection left to reinfect and that it is curable. I’ve been taking it all a bit too lightly, so maybe I should look into more thoroughly too; prevention is better than cure after all.
Off to see the GP again tomorrow to reassess pain relief and pick up the antibiotics.
Until then, good night.