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The Medium of Thought Affects the Thinking
I spent several hours last night and the better part of today in and around the spa at the JCC. The doctor -- a good one, apparently -- told me that my best chance of avoiding further complications with my leg, aside from taking my antibiotics like clockwork, was to keep it moist and hot. Maybe that was my mistake with the injury in May. No one told me that it's counter-productive to use ice after the first few days. Cold keeps the effects of the injury localized. With an infection like this, however, the goal is not to let the bacteria establish a critical mass, meaning that spreading them around, which heat accomplishes, is the desired outcome. At least, that's what the doctor said.

From what I can tell, she was right. The redness is shrinking. And that terrible sense of deep unease that started to befall me on Monday's drive up to Phoenix has given way to frustration. For one thing, all the time I have spent simmering myself has convinced me that hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas may be relaxing, but they are not conducive to the sort of thinking I want and need to be doing. Perhaps it's the heat. All I could do was focus on the moment, registering the effect when I would shift position and pondering how long I could stay in before passing out.

By contrast, when I jog, bicycle or spend time in a regular pool, I get some of my best thinking done. I guess my spa experience approximates the way I feel when I'm body surfing in the ocean, as I was over the weekend. But the ocean is so much more stimulating that the absence of a sense of time is not a problem. I could spend hours in the ocean, empty of thought, without regretting a second. Today, though, I would get annoyed, upon leaving the spa to cool down, as I periodically needed to do, that I couldn't sustain the productive train of thought that I'd been following this morning after dropping Skylar at school and having a good cup of coffee.

Then again, it might just be the antibiotics. Another reason why I'm convinced that I'm getting better, however slowly, is that my body is starting to punish me for taking them. When I'm really at risk, the pills don't register anywhere other than their intended target. Once they've started to do their job, though, I am troubled by an upset stomach, anxiety and a feeling that my brain keeps slipping gears. I'm not complaining. Clearly, I needed the medicine. It's better to face those side effects than be admitted to the hospital, where MRSA and other maladies lurk. That said, I still wish I could get back in this morning's flow. It was the first sustained one I've had in some time, aside from airplane travel.

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: August 21st, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm still very glad to hear your leg seems to be on the mend, even though I absolutely understand that antibiotics can be frustrating and physically uncomfortable as hell. And (speaking of hell) you're absolutely right that the fever-like sensations of a spa can be hard to cope with for long periods. I like hot showers but only short ones and actual spas and hot tubs make me feel physically ill very quickly. I could never--ever--do that yoga in the heated room that's supposed to help you stretch more completely.

Continued well-wishes your way! And I know you already know the importance of pro-biotics but...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The weird thing about this antibiotic is that the stomach upset it inspires is not the sort that one associates with the murder of useful fauna. I get indigestion and/or strange chemical burps. But I had a yoghurt a little while ago, just in case.
sanpedrosula From: sanpedrosula Date: August 21st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

stomach ache

I hope you are taking acidophilus (i'm not going to check the spelling there) capsules and eating yogurt. As you know (!!) antibiotics destroy the "good" bacteria in your gut. Get some yummy yogurt!

I'm sorry this leg thing has gone on so long. It must be incredibly dispiriting.

I was in a bike accident years ago--just a flesh wound--but it wouldn't heal and they started talking about a skin graft. It was really depressing. It did heal, finally, without a skin graft. I have a triangular scar on my leg that reminds me of the burn marks I got on my legs when I was a motorcycle-riding chick in the late 60s. The tailpipe is very hot. I am really glad I don't ride motorcycles anymore. I feel I am being spared for more tranquil things, like the mosh pit at Club Congress.

Yo--give yourself a break on the thinking! Let your body heal!

always your surrogate mom,

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: stomach ache

Great to hear from you. It's always nice to know that someone has trod the path that one is laboring down, even if it leads to a circle of hell!

Seriously, I'm feeling better, although the leg looks awful. It hurts less, anyway. And the redness has faded to pinkness, for the most part.

I'm eating yoghurt. And consoling myself with the thought that I am at least free of a certain sick building's corrosive influence on my character. . .

elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: August 21st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Exercise benefits blood flow, too, so you can counteract the thinking issue and still benefit the prevention of bacterial critical mass by exercising.

& I agree re:acidophilus.

Edited at 2008-08-21 04:57 pm (UTC)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've been doing bicycles and what-not in the hot tub and swimming and jogging laps in the pool at the JCC. And I plan to resume bouncing on the mini-trampoline today or tomorrow. Also, I bought a $10 massager, which, even though I'm not using it for the purpose that 95% of the people who purchase that sort use it -- I'm using it as a massager, I mean -- still seems to have been a worthy investment.
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