Saturday, July 19, 2008

So, when should I go to a doctor?

Bike accident wound

I'm heading out on my real vacation tomorrow morning.  A week at the cottage.  I would be all packed and ready to rool, but at some point this afternoon, my ankle started to swell.   

There are enough hits on my blog for "cankles" that I don't need to post the close up picture of my ankle. This photo was taken around 6:30pm. It's a little more ugly now. (no streaking, no pain, just tight skin)

It's elevated, it's iced and it's resting and it's freaking me out. If it's bigger in the morning, I'm going to the doctor's office.

If it's better, I'm going to finish up my packing with all the yarn I need for a week at the cottage. 


  1. Anonymous10:45 a.m.

    Your room looks great - I love your bedspread.

    Uh, yeah, if you are freaked out AT ALL you should go to the doctor. Psst...its free here in Canada, so, go. The last thing you need is some sort of septia. Ounce of prevention and all that...

  2. R.I.C.E - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Great thing to do for all kinds of accidents. When you elevate - lie down and make sure your leg is higher than your heart. I would NOT use Neosporin -instead, use a triple antibiotic ointment. Lots of folks are having reactions to Neosporin. Hope you feel better soon! P.S. Your room does look wonderful!!

  3. You know what, I don't usually advocate taking drugs you don't need, but camp is a dirty place to go with an open wound, so perhaps going to the doctor and seeing if you can just go straight to an oral antibiotic is a good idea. Better than cutting a vacation short. I won't be the sort of jerky person who throws a worst-case-scenario horror story at you, but I do have one if you want it ;)

  4. Get thee to a doctor. Better safe than sorry... like Moe said its free. Have fun at the cottage.

  5. I don't know what you should do, but I love the idea that you're "all packed and ready to rool"! ;)

  6. Would it make sense to phone the doctor first, to ask whether it's worth coming in or would they just said to ice it and elevate it? Tell them you're going camping and ask about preventative antibiotics.

  7. Go to the doctor, cherie.

    If you end up in Fredericton, give me a jingle. I'm in the book. :)

  8. Aspirin or Tylenol will also help with the swelling and the pain (ibuprofen will help with the pain but not the swelling). Since streets aren't known for their cleanliness, and those scrapes look pretty deep, a visit to the docs wouldn't hurt. If nothing else, it will put your mind at ease and you won't be imagining all sorts of worst case scenarios!

  9. Anonymous9:32 a.m.

    Hope you doing better and you are enjoying a good vacation right now!