It seems as though a small cut I had on my shin, which was taking an age to heal, was the route by which some unfriendly bacteria entered my skin and started doing what bacteria do - multiply like buggery. This was the painful leg on Saturday morning. If the bacteria then get into the blood or lymphatic system, they can spread rapidly through the body, giving
influenza-like symptoms with a high temperature and sweating or feeling very cold with shaking, as the sufferer cannot get warm.Yep, that was me on Saturday and Sunday. I seem to have shaken that off, but the leg is getting worse and worse. I went to see my doctor on another matter on Monday and mentioned all of this, but I didn't get much of a response. By Tuesday morning, it was pretty painful and reddened, and Anna suggested (OK, insisted) that I call the surgery again. I managed to get an emergency appointment and this time my doctor examined me - at last - and gave me the diagnosis. And a hefty left-and-a-right of Phenoxymethylpenicillin and Flucloxacillin, enough for a week. I was told to call again if it was not improving in 48 hours.
Well, I went into work today, and it's been awful. I can hardly stand on that leg, and getting the bike boots on is almost impossible. I've called my boss, and he has given me two days off.
Rest, and elevation. My left leg looks like a red balloon.
Man Flu, my arse.