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Today is not a good day

Nor was yesterday, if I'm honest. I woke up with a tummy ache that over the course of the day kept growing worse and worse to the point where I doubled over in pain and lay clutching at my belly until sleep mercifully descended on me. Unfortunately, this morning it was still there, though slightly less bad. Aspirin has no effect so I'll just have to ride it out. This is the third time this year this has happened, and I wonder what the cause may be. It can't be anything I ate, as all I've had in the last 48 hours is a bowl of yoghurt (well within its Sell By and Best Before dates), and my last square meal on Saturday consisted of some grilled vegetables and horsemeat (yes, horsemeat). I'm not constipated, and apart from feeling like there's several sharp-angled objects rolling around in my gut, I'm fine...though obviously, much preoccupied with and rather distracted by this strange sensation.

Also, when after several days of toying with the idea, I finally make up my mind to apply on-line for a job here in The Hague, I find that I can't complete the application form as an error occurs every time I try to attach my cv. And when I go for the second option and type it all out again, it won't save. No, today's definitely not a good day...

...but I managed to set up the DVD-player no problem!


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Sep. 24th, 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
Did you go to the doctor for that tummy ache last time? Because it still could be appendicitis. My father told me he suffered tummyaches regularly before it finally became clear it really *was* his appendix. And if it's bad enough you can't do anything but double over and hope it'll pass, that's actually pretty close to what I had when my appendix started acting up. And I mistook it for belly flu for three days.

I hope it isn't that, though, and get well soon (misfortunes do keep heaping up, don't they?)

Sep. 24th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
Drat! No, I didn't have it checked out by a doctor last time, or the time before; partly because mine's by appointment only and the pain never lasts that long, and partly because I tend to forget all about it afterwards...until the next episode. But maybe next time (if there is one), I'll take myself to A&E.

(misfortunes do keep heaping up, don't they?)
Tell me about it! I've got to go back to work soon...;-)
Sep. 24th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
I recommend you make an appointment at the Doctor and go see him and tell him about this now. From what you are saying this could be a few things, but appendicitis IS one of them, and you do NOT want a ruptured appendix (can be fatal). The doctor can order some tests (ultrasound, blood etc) which can help rule these things in or out. Of course, I won't take the blame if he decides you have to have a colonoscopy!!
Sep. 24th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
But if it were appendicitis, shouldn't I be feeling really sick, like nauseous sick? All I'm experiencing is a sharp pain to the right of my abdomen, and it hurts more when I cough which is unfortunate 'cause I seem to have picked one up; but when I knead it, I can't feel anything untoward...I can't feel any inflammation there.

Colonoscopy? No way!
Sep. 24th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Ow! That doesn't sound pleasant. Hope it's nothing serious and it buggers off quick.

I've had a headache all day, which was a bit of a pain as I decided to take myself to the British Museum for my day off. I couldn't be bothered to see the soldiers though.

Poor horsie.
Sep. 24th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Tasty horsie!

Sorry to hear about the headache casting a pall over your day -- hope it buggers off soon, too!
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
It started as soon as I got on the train and lasting until I got back. Ugh.

I watched that horsie come last in the 6.25 at Kempton!
Sep. 24th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
Grrr! Aaaargh!

Sending tummy calming vibes - aloe vera etc, and hoping the computer/internet etc. starts to behave properly. Everything should pull together to help you change your job!
Sep. 24th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I've decided I can't wait for the fabled redundancy pay-out any longer. The sooner I find a job closer to home, the happier I'll be.
Sep. 24th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you've been feeling icky. Have you tried some dry toast and tea? That always settles my tummy when it's rebelling against me.

Wow. Applying for a job at the Hague sounds exciting!
Sep. 24th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I tend to fast when I'm not feeling well; much as I like my food under normal circumstances, I go right off it when I'm in pain.

Applying for a job at the Hague sounds exciting!

Not really: it's for the same kind of position I currently hold at HP. But it would mean I could get to work in 10 minutes rather than the 2 hours it takes me at the moment.
Sep. 24th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
... though IMO, the quality of life improvement from that can't be underestimated.
Sep. 24th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly. It's my main motivation for leaving HP.
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm sorry, both on the stomach and the application fronts. Good on you for taking that step, though.
Sep. 24th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Looks like we'll both be on tenterhooks in the coming weeks, waiting to hear from prospective new employers. Good luck!
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Here's wishing a return to full health, and a fulfilling job closer to home.
Sep. 25th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
Thank you. This morning, the tummy ache has gone; and I'll see about sending out the application in a different way today.
Sep. 26th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
I hate pain, and for my friends to be in pain.

BTW, I'm glad you tagged your Joost posts. I had missed the first several posts. He's a real fighter!--an admirable person. I hope all goes well for him and his family.

You've had a terrible year, my dear.
Sep. 26th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
What worries me is that it isn't over yet...

...but perhaps I shouldn't say that seeing as how yours hasn't been a bed of roses either...

However, when I stop to think about my situation, it pales in significance compared to the struggle that Joost and Nicole go through every day. I have the utmost respect and admiration for how they handle it, how with quiet strength, dignity, and faith they're not afraid to face the stark reality of their situation.
Sep. 26th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
...how with quiet strength, dignity, and faith they're not afraid to face the stark reality of their situation...

I think that it's because chronic illness is like a roller coaster: you just have to ride it until you get off. Of course, some scream while riding...
Sep. 25th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
I used to get tummyaches that sound very similar t that, until we realised that I'd developed an intolerance to Pork. Maybe you're having a food allergy?
Sep. 25th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
Maybe...I'm lactose-intolerant already, so it's not inconceivable I might have progressed to a full-blown allergy.
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