Saturday I went to be with an aching left arm — you know, the one with lymphedema? I didn’t think much of it; depending on my posture or activity during the day, this is a common thing for me.
Woke up Sunday with a very sore arm that was red and blotchy. Thought maybe the way I slept and would fade. In an hour, redder than before, spreading and pretty solid now from shoulder down to mid forearm, heat radiating off it AND I started to get fever (holy heck fever at that) and chills. I didn’t think twice, walked the 5 blocks to the walk-in clinic. Given the pain in my upper arm, I thought it was lymphangitis (infection of lymph nodes). It is cellulitis. And I’m not permitted to wear my compression garment until the infection is cleared.
In the first 48 hours, I think I was awake maybe 8 or 9 hours.
Day 3, I develop hives on the same arm. New level of panic. Discussion with doctor. My body is overreacting to the infection. It’s not an allergic reaction to the medication because the hives appear nowhere else. Fever broke later that day.
And now I’m dealing with the lymphedema part of that arm. Without the compression garment, it’s not behaving either.
Sigh. What a rotten frakin week.