Thursday I got a flu shot and Friday there was a hot, swollen area about 3" across surrounding thesite. Dropped by the doctor's office to have the nurse take a look at it–she took a picture and messaged the doc but got no answer so sent me to urgent care. I was given prescriptions for Medrol dosepak to start immediately and antibiotic to start if the Medrol wasn't working after a day. I read the accompanying leafletand discovered that the Medrol could a) mask an infection and b) reduce your body's ability to fight the infection. So i decided tostart the antibioticas welland reduce the amount of the steroid (which wasn't likely to hurt, as I know from experience I'm very senstiive to it). I always have to second-guess the doctor. Anyway, things are looking and feelingbetter today, so something is working.
Today I went to the laundromat, always a challenge for my germophobia.After putting things in the washer I left to go to the store (had to buy antibacterial wipes for the folding table). I arrived back a couple of minutes after my washcycle finished, and somebody had already opened the door. My first thought was: did they handle my socks? I was tempted to wash them again but settled for 20 extra minutes in the dryer on high. Then I stopped for takeout, and when I got it home (less than 10 minutes) the little container of mayonnaise was hot! I didn't eat it, but it made me wonder about the general competence of the people in the kitchen, soI didn't even enjoy the chicken because I was so busy trying to decide whether it tasted "all right" (which is no guarantee, anyway) So here I sit, wondering what's going to get me first–the food poisoning or some skin infection from the socks. And how much extra cleaning do I need to do to make up for any possible contamination? I have tried all the logic I can muster, but my brain is still racing. When does it ever stop?