Back in September I dropped a landscaping brick on my right "big" toe. I didn't do it on purpose, obviously, but now I almost wish I had for a better excuse. A week after I hurt it, my toe started to throb and um...not look so good. I was sent to city hall (I work for a city park as a seasonal park ranger right now) and they sent me to the local hospital's occupational medical center. The doctor (Dr. #1) took an x-ray, then gave me some antibiotics and sent me home, only to return two days later.
When I returned, I saw Dr. #2, who told me I needed to keep a bandaid with ointment on it at all times. No matter what. So I did.
A few days later, I returned and Dr. #1 told me my toe was on its way towards healing. I was to finish my antibiotics and keep the toe wrapped with ointment until it healed. That was on September 27th.
Over last weekend I started to notice that when I put new bandaids on, my toe began to itch something fierce. And then it got scary. I reported I needed to go back in on Tuesday where I talked with Dr. #3. He was a little more thorough, took more x-rays, and gave me stronger drugs. His theory is that my skin is either having a reaction to the ointment and bandaids, which caused a new infection to pop up, OR I have a lovely staph infection. I am oh so happy about this, let me tell you. To make matters worse, I'm not allowed to work until it clears up...and when you have an hourly job, that's not good.
So, I have been home and getting things done around the apartment. We went and found a new apartment in the town over that we put a deposit on Friday! As long as everything gets set, we'll be moving in sometime in the middle of next month. This means packing...and I am not looking forward to moving some of our heavy things. I'm going through my books and seeing if I can cull any. I found some that are in good condition that I might try to give away. We'll see if I can swing the shipping.
All I know is that I am glad to get away from our apartment complex and move somewhere a little safer. And the best news is there is more wall space for bookshelves, so perhaps I might be able to convince Matt to get some more in a few months. :)
In reading news, I finished A Separate Peace on Monday night. I forgot how much I loved that book! I am also in the middle of Madame Bovary and picked up Dracula the other night as well. I read Frankenstein last year for Halloween, so Stoker's novel is a good choice for this year.
Anyway, I plan on finishing both this week. And I really want to dive into something meaty, so I might be brave and try Anna Karenina...Not sure though. I haven't read any Tolstoy, but I have loved all the Russian literature I have read so far, so we'll see.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I usually pick from random on my list, but nothing else looks particularly exciting at the moment.
And, hopefully I'll be back to work because while sitting around is fun, I need to move around a bit and make some moola. :)
Happy Reading everyone!
I am sorry about your toe. My sister dropped a weight on hers at the gym and broke it in two spots. I read Dracula earlier this year and it is not really scary like I thought it was going to be which is good because I am not a scary book person. :)ReplyDelete
Wow. I hope that they figure out exactly what's wrong now and it gets better QUICKLY. So...between an infected toe and moving mid-November...and you STILL want to do NaNo? You're very, very brave!! If you do sign up, come and add me on there! I'm pookasluagh (same as my twitter handle). :)ReplyDelete
Ouch! Hope you get to healing pretty soon. I wish I had A Separate Peace on my list! (I think I'll be wishing up a whole new list to follow my current 250.)ReplyDelete
Make Jane Eyre your next read! :P
No need to be brave for Anna Karenina, it's a page-turner, as is War & Peace. You won't want it to end! :)ReplyDelete
Good luck with your toe recovery...my friend and I always had a running joke about toe injuries, but I do not envy your real one! My vote is for Anna Karenina...one of my favorite books! There are spots that can move a little slow, but overall it is a great read...I found that it really spoke to me.ReplyDelete
I'm glad Dr. #3 is on the ball. I had a staph infection in both ears last year. It was painful and went on for months without proper medicine because my doctor was a ninny. Hope it heals!ReplyDelete
Gotta love doctors! Would be great if you could see just one-the good one. Good luck, and hope you are up for moving, when the time comes. Suggestions? Anna Karenina is great, but I guess you have to be in the mood for it. You can do no wrong with Jane Eyre!ReplyDelete
Sorry about your toe. I hope it starts healing soon!ReplyDelete
Worker's Comp! This is totally what it's for.ReplyDelete
That's awful about your toe. I read Anna K. last year and was surprised by how much I liked it. It's definitely slow in parts, but good.ReplyDelete
I noticed you haven't read "Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead" from your list yet and I would highly recommend it. It's so witty and fast-paced, it might provide a good dose of humor while you're in the midst of some other serious books.
Sheesh. That sounds like one heck of an ordeal. The nail experience I had was when my pinky nail got lifted off of the nail bed...but not entirely off to where it ripped off. Just down to the cuticles. It was so painful I always threw up. :-/ReplyDelete
Frankenstein is one of my all time favorite novels and I'm actually reading Dracula right now. I'm almost done and LOVE IT. It's the first time I've read it and I cannot believe how spooky it is. Seriously. I've already had a couple of nightmares. They knew how to write horror.
I hope your toe gets better and that it's not the staph infection. Not fun.ReplyDelete
Dracula is definitely one of my favorite novels. (I've read it twice within three years, which I don't think I've done with any other book.) I hope you are enjoying it as much as I did/do!
I'm so sorry about your toe! I hope it heals quickly so you can get back to work.ReplyDelete
It looks like you haven't read Rebecca yet. It would be a good with Halloween coming up. It's kind of mysterious and it has a great creepy character. Also, The Woman in White is a great classic. It's pretty long, but I really enjoyed it.