This morning and the rest of last night were a continuation of the awful throbbing headache and pain that has been gradually worsening over the past few days. After the second shot of morphine last night I passed out, only to be awoken 30 minutes later by another phlebotomist who needed an additional blood sample for an additional culture. An hour after that the nurseâ€™s assistant came in to check my vitals, and an hour after that yet another blood sample was taken. An hour after that it was 5 a.m. and the painkillers had worn off, so I hit the nurse call button for some help. Not too long after that the sun came up and I realized that my humble hospital room has a fantastic Colorado view. I enjoyed it long enough to snap a picture, then pressed the nurse call button to see if I could get somebody to shut the blinds â€“ the light was provoking an already very tender headache.
This afternoon my fever went back up, but my headache has subsided for the time being. I took advantage of this mild respite by taking a shower and asking for my sweaty sheets to be changed. Thereâ€™s definitely something to be said for being in a room with its own bathroom and somebody that can help me out when my head hurts so badly that I canâ€™t stand up.
The nurse just came by and did a Tb test â€“just a shallow injection under my skin that looks like a mosquito bite – if it turns red thatâ€™s bad. Then to make sure itâ€™s a fair study they do the same test for Candida (yeast) on my other arm because everyone has that and it should definitely react.
I still havenâ€™t found out whatâ€™s wrong with me, so far the battery of tests that have come back are all negative. The leptospirosis test takes 48 hours, so I wonâ€™t know if thatâ€™s what I have until late tomorrow, but Courtenay looked it up on Wikipedia and has expertly decided that despite my abnormally long incubation period, I probably definitely have leptospirosis. (My uncle â€“ the ER Doctor in Hawaii that deals with leptospirosis frequently â€“ called to give me the same opinion).
My parents are looking into flying out here. Hopefully Iâ€™ll feel a little better by this weekend and they wonâ€™t have to sit around worrying about me.