01 March 2011

Get well soon.

My to-do list for the week has decreased. It's now taking antibiotics and steroids, plus rest, read a book and watch DVDs while keeping warm. Doctor's orders. It's either rest at home or be admitted to hospital.

I spent three hours at the hospital this morning as my skin isn't getting any better. It's not yet infected, but could get there. It is red and throbbing, and like the protective layer is rubbed off.

I am proud to say I achieved two milestones at the hospital:

I did a wee in a cup on cue, and I didn't cry when I had a needle in my hand (my lovely friend B was also visiting the hospital so she held my hand while the needle went in). Win!

It's interesting when I go to the hospital - I have a great team of dermatologists, but they are forever changing as it's a teaching hospital. So when I see new registrars, they are learning about my condition as well as treating it. Often they rattle off symptoms like a textbook - and often these symptoms are new, and alarming, to me.

Here's what I learned today:
  • Loss of iron and electrolytes through the skin.
  • Chest infections.
  • Dehydration, resulting in possible renal failure.
  • Possible death....???

Whew! Quite scary.

Usually my biggest problem is trying not to get my best dress covered in Vaseline.

Kidding. No, ok, sometimes it really is a problem!

Reassuringly, I have passed the possibility of death, about 28 years ago. I think?

On a serious note, it's a huge reminder about the importance of skin, and the big job it does to keep us alive.

So over these few days I'm going to refrain from using my brain and take some time to properly rest. That includes not writing or blogging.

I'll be back soon, in a few days. And don't worry, I'm not going die.


  1. oh my gosh, carly! is it an infection or something that caused it to get that bad? i don't think i've ever had to be hospitalized for my skin...well, that I really remember. I hope it feels better though :(

  2. Oh darling :( :( :( I will be thinking of you!!! I know you'll rest and be sensible.

    Much love ♥

  3. Get well soon Carly!!!! Sending you many healing vibes. <3 Luigi

  4. Get well soon lovely! You'll be up and back being busy and fabulous in no time - you're still fabulous when resting, though ;) You're right, our skin is such an important barrier. I still need to do the guest post! Things have been ridiculously busy, sorry. So rest, relax, watch lots of tv & eat lots of chicken soup!
    Heidi xo

  5. All the best to you Carly, i hope you feel better really soon. Take care, Belinda xx

  6. Carly, enjoy the enforced rest (and online shopping, magazines and crapalicious daytime TV) and hope you are on the mend soon.

  7. o.O

    Rest up and get better soon! Take the time to peruse more of my future husband's films - I recommend Prince of Persia ;)

    K xx

  8. Get well soon Carly, wishing you wellness.

  9. Get well soon Carly!! I love the blog makeover by the way :-) xoxo Fi

  10. Take care! I hope you're feeling better soon. :)

  11. Oh Carly,

    Take care and get well soon!

    It's an early night for both of us. I'm exhausted too.

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  12. Dear Carly, Well done on being so good at the hospital particularly about the needle - I hate them too. I hope that you aren't in too much pain and wish you a ver speedy recovery. love Lindaxxxx

  13. I hope you get well very soon, and I'm very glad you were brave!
    I must say that I like the fact that public hospitals are teaching hospitals, but I get really sick of the yearly doctor changeover too.
    I was just remarking the same thing to my new Registrar when I was there last week.

  14. Thinking of you and hope you are back to your usual chirpy self quick sticks x

  15. Thinking of you and sending you gentle virtual hugs!! Tonja

  16. I was whining to myself about how unfair it was that I am getting wrinkles and still have pimples.

    Now I feel humbled.

    Hope you are feeling better this evening.

  17. Awful news! Hope you feel better soon. I hate hospitals- you are so long suffering to have to deal with this Carls. GET WELL SOON xxx

  18. I hope you feel better soon Carly!!

    Just found your blog via the SITS girls Follow and Be Followed thread. I just signed up as a followed - love your wit, good to see some more Australians on the site :D Please check out my blog when you're feeling up to it - scathingweekly.blogspot.com Thanks ^_^


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