THIS IS ACTUALLY a few days' old. It was linked under evil as in "evil Chinese mouse". If you click on it you get a very entertaining questionnaire. First time I did it I got nearly all the way to the good end of the scale as "good". Second time I lied and was "pure evil". Third time I implied I was a lawyer and got "evil". Go on, click here and have evil fun!!
I am making an appointment later to see the doctor because I think a second infection is coming up nr my knee. It feels like I'm five again (ie I just fell over). When I was five I seemed to have scabby knees ALL the time. And this feeling reminds me. If it's following the pattern of last time it will hurt quite a lot locally and gradually go red. Then a bag of pus will form under the skin like giant septic bubble-wrap (what an allusion! But the temptation to burst it is just as strong!!!) then it either:--
1. Erupts through the skin spreading pus everywhere in which case you obviously have to be very careful with hygeine and should spread newspapers down before you try and mop the pus up, wash & change clothes and use either medical or contact lens quality saline or failing this boil the kettle, pour into a CLEAN bowl/jug/whatever & add table salt yourself and allow to cool. When an abscess has burst you squeeze pus out, when the "bag" seems empty you trickle this sterile saline into the empty cavity and "irrigate" -- ie wash it out and squeeze out again. It helps prevent it closing up with infection still in there and the abscess rising again.
2. Fades away beneath the skin without ever bursting through. This happens if your system is in good shape or if you successfully take antibiotics.
I'm only going into all this detail for other people's sake in case you ever need to know what to do. But as you're already online, google more advice, don't just take my word for anything!!!
Releasing the inner blinger in me - I have only just - and belatedly - realised that having grandchildren gives me a good excuse to release my inner blinger. So ... we took a trip to Homebase...
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