First, I'm okay. No big worries.
Wednesday, I did an hour on the bike in Huntsville, AL. Showered, met two classmates (work class), ate in an expensive restaurant, had a couple drinks. Dropped off at my hotel. Walked into room and almost immediately felt bad. Cold. Shivers. Got under covers. Above the waist, hot and sweaty. Legs and hands, frozen. Slept really bad. Got up a few times, and just immediately broke into violent shivers. Struggled into class, but was cold all day. I had to drink warm stuff to be comfortable.
Had planned a trip to NC and VA, but after waking up in a completely soaking wet bed on Friday, decided to cancel. Still had to get home. 7 hour drive. It wasn't fun. I never vomited, but I was close. All the way I sipped water and soda. In addition, my left leg had two sore spots. One near the groin, and one on the front of my shin just above the ankle. I googled DVT, which will wake you right up. It didn't feel too bad.
I got home last night (Friday) at 9pm and went immediately to bed. Drank some water overnight. Got up at 2pm; bed soaking wet. But, I really felt better. Head was clear. I felt like eating for the first time in two days. My groin bump had gone down. The shin was weird. The original area seemed almost okay, but above it there was a new area of swelling, and it was red. Okay, no problem.
A few hours later I called the nurse help line for my insurance. They recommended urgent care. I'm not a big fan. So, I took a shower, put on clean clothes, and packed my little backpack with a few books, some water, and most importantly, my phone charger. And I went to the ER at Jewish Hospital Kenwood, which is very nice, and, most importantly, in my provider network.
They listened to me, poked at it for a few minutes, and said "Cellulitis", which is what I was hoping it was. The biggest reason I went to the ER was the rapid progression of swelling and redness. At 2pm it wasn't even red, and now (8pm Sat) it's almost the size of a tyvek race number. They say this could explain all of the last few days.
Originally they said, "Some IV antibiotics, and a couple hours of observation." But after they started the IV, it changed to "We want to keep you for the night." And I was okay with that. Embarrassed, because it seems so minor, and I haven't even been in a lot of pain. But, they're completely right. They drew a line around the red, and not an hour later the redness had spread well beyond it.
So, I'm in a hospital room, watching "The Matrix", and typing on Attackpoint.
(Please don't make a big deal about this unless I get a lot worse. Seriously, I feel fine, and the only real worry is "will the antibiotics work?" And yeah yeah, I know about that worry too.)