It´s been a long time since I could go out for a walk, over 5 weeks now that I have been battling an infection of my sinuses.
I normally don´t run to the doctor, so in the beginning, I waited for two weeks to see if it would get better. It didn’t. So, I gave up, sat in the crowded waiting room of my GP and have been described an antibiotic. This I took reluctantly but in the hope it would help – which it didn’t. So I went again to see my doctor who by now didn’t want to be bothered anymore by me and send me to a specialist.
There I was told that the meds I had been given were much too low in dosage but let´s just see if I can´t get better just like that, shall we. Oh, and come back it if doesn’t get better. (This was after 4 weeks of being sick.)
So I went home again. After a couple of days the pain in my sinuses was so bad that I nearly crawled back to the specialist where I started crying after being told that the doctor couldn’t possibly see me this week, maybe next. It was a humiliating experience and I´m not proud of it but couldn’t really help it, the pain had become unbearable.
Luckily one of the assistants did have a heart after all and quickly moved me to doctor (this time it was the one who owned the practice). After one quick look he lowered the patient´s chair down with me on it, sprayed something really nasty in my nose, and then – BAM! – hammered away to widen the opening between my nose and the affected sinus. (Its normal size of diameter is that of a thin needle, now it´s more like knitting needle.)
It all went so fast that the narcotic didn’t even had begun working properly by then. I was terribly shocked and the pain was excruciating.
The doc told me that he had to it for different reasons, one of which that it´s not advisable when the mucus and stuff breaks free on its own and into something where it doesn´t belong – like into the cavity of my eye and thus into my brain. He described me more, and much stronger antibiotics, and I went home, profoundly bleeding from my nose, sitting in the underground train with people watching at me in horror.
Apart from going to the doctors I stayed home the whole time, lying in bed and hoping, hoping, hoping…
Yesterday I took the last pill and decided it was time for a walk as my legs didn’t feel so wobbly anymore.
I went to the park and as it was slightly raining, not many people were around.
Who was around though, were my little friends, the squirrels!
As usual I took some walnuts with me and wasn’t I lucky? Six squirrels came to me!
All but one took the offered nuts and then hopped quickly back into the surrounding trees. This last one stayed with me and let me photograph it before it too decided, that it was time for a little nap.
That was my first walk in a long time and what a very lovely one it was!
Take care and stay healthy!
P.S. The title is kind of borrowed of Julius Caesar´s famous quote: “I came, I saw, I conquered.” 😉