Facing Health Changes

This past month was rather eventful for me in the area of health. I went to bed on a Thursday feeling something on my leg which I thought was an ingrown hair forming. I woke up that Friday with a bump and a red area. I was sure it was a pimple, so I didn’t think anything of it and thought it would heal up once I opened it. Well, that is not what happened.

By Friday night, my leg was getting red and starting to hurt a little when I walked. I had a commitment that Saturday that kept me on my feet all day, and I noticed by the end of Saturday my leg was swelling. So what to do? Sunday, after church, my wife and I decided it was time to get it looked at. I figured it was just an infection, and I’d go to urgent care, get some medication and head home. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

I went to Patients ER on I-10 at 146. I’d been there before with my daughter’s sports injuries and love how plush of a place it is. It’s like a resort, but for sick people. Anyway, the personnel took one look at my leg and started busting out IVs and talking about me spending the night. Turns out, my infection was pretty serious and had I left it untreated, could have spread into my bloodstream and become very serious. I’d never spent a night in a hospital since I was born, but that Sunday night my streak came to an end. They pumped me full of antibiotics and sent me home the next day with a couple of prescriptions. Fortunately, the treatment worked and I recovered quickly.

If this all had not been enough, Kai, my dog, had his turn next. The following week my normally energetic dog started being lethargic and his snout swelled up. I took him to the Animal Medical Center of Baytown, and Dr. Robbins deduced that he had been stung or bitten by something. A quick treatment and some pills had my dog on the mend in a day or so, but by the next week, he was getting lethargic again. Another trip to see Dr. Robbins and further meds soon had Kai back to his old self. I am eternally grateful for the good care the folks at AMC Baytown have provided my pets over the years. Both my cat and dog have a habit of getting into stuff that’s not good for them. Having a good, local vet has kept them both alive and healthy all these years.

So what is the moral of the story? Anytime you notice something not right with your health, go get checked out. I know a lot of guys just want to ignore things until they get serious, but the saying is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When my wife posted on social media what was going on with my leg a friend emailed me to take it seriously, because he had a friend in a similar situation that put off getting treated and ended up dying. If you are going to die young do it being heroic or historic. Don’t do it procrastinating or being complacent.