Friday, January 14, 2011

It's been a long week

The first full working week since Christmas (which for me started in mid-December when school finished for the year) has been long and hard.

First, I've had to spend most of each working day answering supports calls emails about really basic technical things that those people should know how to do already.

Then, I notice a pimple on my back that just keeps getting bigger and more painful until I have to admit that I be getting another visit from the cellulitus fairy (last time was about 4 years ago).

But the worse thing that's happened this week is that my brother has been really sick with a bacterial infection he picked up, supposedly through a big cut in his hand while working on his house. He was in ICU for the better part of the week (since Sunday), while the doctors operated on him to drain unmentionable fluids from various parts of his body.

We were only allowed to see him for the first time last night. Of course, my mum insisted on taking along some home-cooked food to supplement the hospital meals. But then later one of the nurses told us off because apparently it's taking up too much space in the staff fridge (there being no fridge for hospital patients). Not that my bro has had much of an appetite anyway, but you know mothers worry about their kids not eating enough...

Anyway, we were told he'd probably still be in hospital for several more days at least. So I guess next week will be another long one.


Amanda said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I can well imagine what a difficult week it has been. Apart from work and worry ICU is not a pleasant environment to have to spend time in. I hope your bro is better soon.

donnasoowho said...

I can imagine the hospital would have been thrilled about the extra food! Hope your brother gets well quickly it sounds pretty nasty. I am strangely fascinated by your cellutisis... that sounds nasty too!

Violet said...

Amanda: he's usually stable in the evenings but apparently not so much in the mornings. Strangely enough he's more worried about keeping our mum from worrying (and interfering) too much.

donnasoowho: I heard that the nurses got some free crispy roast pork yesterday. What I had is basically a big fat boil - painful, throbbing and full of the same stuff that my brother's body is full of (but localised and not life-threatening). I'm not sure when exactly it becomes cellulitus, but it feels pretty much the same.

Pollyanna_H said...

Hope this week has been MUCH better!!!!

Violet said...

pollyanna_h - yes thanks, I'm almost all better and my brother is now walking with the aid of a frame.