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I haven't posted in ever so long, I know. But I read Live Journal faithfully every day, and often comment on your posts and your flickr pics and watch your YouTube embeds. I'm still here!!!

I've been spending a lot of time in Palm Springs. It's relaxing and the sunshine is great, but since Steve (rootbeer1) can't be here as much, I'm missing him a lot. He's coming down next week, then the following week till the end of June, when we'll return to San Francisco together. I've been socializing a bit with our good friends down here. I had dinner with John and Frank (sunbeam_bears) and Curtis (dr_scott) and Paul (excessor) and had a great time. We all seem to be on the same wavelength conversationally, and if I hadn't needed to work the next day I could have stayed way into the night. We laughed, we drank, we ate delicious foods.

Earlier that day (it was this lastTuesday) I ate lunch out on the patio in my rocking chair. I was under the sunshade, but a little corner was in the sun, where my right shin was. I have a really strong base tan, so usually don't worry about sunburn. But later that day I noticed a red spot on my shin, and it really burned as was hot to the touch. I put some aloe gel on it and merrily went off to dinner. That night I applied more gel, took some Advil and went to bed. Next morning it was less painful, but still red.

Thursday morning (yesterday) I woke up, and the whole front of my leg was cherry red. Not too painful unless I touched it, but since sunburn doesn't usually spread, I suspected something else was going on. I quickly showered and drove to the brand new Eisenhower Urgent Care on Sunrise Way. The wonderful nurse practicioner that saw me suspected a bug bite that caused an infection, since I was also running a 100° fever. Because of my DVT/PE episode last year, they also wanted to give me a chest xray and ultrasound my leg. I was very relieved at this, since hypochondriac as I am, I was worried about clots. They performed the chest xray there, a very handsome nurse gave me a shot of antibiotics in my butt, then I drove over to the medical center imaging center for the ultrasound. No clots---vein function perfectly normal. I returned to the clinic--chest xrays normal. Whew! So it's cellulitis, most likely caused by an insect bite. I'm on oral antibiotics and ibuprofen for the inflammation. Should clear up nicely. I just love the Eisenhower staff--they were all so wonderful and informative. And the building is brand new and absolutely gorgeous--not so much on the exterior, but the inside is fabulous. And five minutes away. We're lucky to have great medical facilities here in the desert.

Work has been very interesting. We had a massive reorg and my team is now part of the main corporate technology division. I actually started out there, so it's a full circle for me. But new bosses, new meetings, lots of new stuff, plus the major project I'm working on is really ramping up, so I'm kept very busy.

That's all for now---

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putzmeisterbear
Jun. 10th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Good to hear from you. I hope your infection clears right up. Big hugs.
qbear
Jun. 11th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Thanks---it's looking better already!!!
billeyler
Jun. 10th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
Wow! Glad you had the presence of mind to have that checked out! Best to you!
qbear
Jun. 11th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
Thanks Bill--I tend to err on the cautious side. My sister-in-law gave me a stern lecture once about how men try to seem strong by letting health issues ride, and how it wasn't strength at all, but fear. She's been an inspiration to me, having struggled with MS for most of her adult life.
momshapedbox
Jun. 10th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Good for getting right on top of things.
Glad you're OK
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qbear
Jun. 11th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks Pyro!
qbear
Jun. 11th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
Thanks Sue...I learned my lesson last year! The NP asked me if I was in the medical field because I kept tossing around terms I picked up in the hospital and at all my INR draws at the lab. I always love to chitchat with the phlebotomists...
momshapedbox
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC)
I draw so many INR"s every morning!! You can chit chat with me anytime!!!
mrdreamjeans
Jun. 11th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're doing so well and enjoying your home in Palm Springs! Also, really glad that you got treatment promptly. I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in Tucson about five years ago. By the time it was diagnosed two cities further on the tour, I was in so much pain I could barely perform and the back of my knee had turned to mush. I guess my point is that I wish I had been more proactive like you.

It sure would be nice to see you, Steve, Rick, Curtis and Paul ... such a great group of men!

Hugs!
qbear
Jun. 11th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks Neil...please come visit sometime, and bring Tim with you! we have plenty of room....
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qbear
Jun. 12th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks Mark---my skin does get awfully dry. I'll try to lotion up more often---
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