Bitch on the Blog

June 28, 2010


Filed under: Sailing — bitchontheblog @ 07:04

Unlike Americans, or the country where I originate from, I do NOT succumb to hypochondria. Which means that whenever I do see my doctor (maybe once every four years) he takes my concerns very seriously indeed. Whilst I am grateful for Dr Jenner having eradicated chicken pox I am of the old school where,instead of throwing pills at them,  fevers are sweated out and if they approach 41 degree Centigrade (ie death)  you apply “Wadenwickel” – that’s cloths dipped in ice cold water, wrung out, then wrapped around your lower leg. It’s awful. Yet effective. It does draw out the fever.

The one feat in your life is when you have to apply a “Wadenwickel” TO yourself  BY yourself. Take it from me. It’s not easy.

Anyway, talking about the body taking you to task: I know they say that there is little symmetry to the two halves of the body but this minute I am flummoxed: My right foot has swollen twice the size of my left, and to an extent I can only take as the onset of gangrene. And yes, I know I shouldn’t have read so many seafaring novels in my formative years – on board ship they’d just chop off your limb. 

None of this would matter except my right foot now does not fit into any shoe – other than my son’s trainers. Which he thinks are rather stylish on me. I don’t. I am a (British) size 6/7; he is an 11 and no heels.

You, and particularly gaelikaa, might ask: “What’s your point?” There is no point. Facts are facts.

Jumping ship, yours,



  1. Ursula, go see the doctor.

    Comment by Looney — June 28, 2010 @ 14:01 | Reply

    • Thanks. Will apply for place in looney bin.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 28, 2010 @ 14:15 | Reply

      • My inlaws were just scolding me for refusing to see the doctor regarding the stomach flu I have had the last few days, so I do appreciate the doctorphobic phenomenon. My doctorphobia is usually based on the observation that the only thing that is known at the end of a visit is how much I should pay, but that doesn’t apply in the UK, does it?

        Comment by Looney — June 28, 2010 @ 14:20 | Reply

  2. If it’s swollen that much…get to A&E (or the Doctor)

    There’s hypochondria and then there’s silliness…. to the extreme.

    Comment by magpie11 — June 28, 2010 @ 15:23 | Reply

    • Silliness… tell me about it. And yes, I did have it checked out.

      Apparently I was bitten by something of yet unknown identity. It’s my own fault: I like going barefoot, not just on the beach, but in my garden. Last couple of days I was out there – grass overgrown and clearing out the shed at the rate of knots – with no shoes on. Who knows. What’s rather fascinating is how skin, eventually, is not willing any longer to stretch to accommodate swelling. I have noticed this before once or twice in my life. As long as it doesn’t combust or implode or whatever (clearly slept through that physics lesson).

      Trouble is, and a lot of people do not understand this about me, that – despite the discomfort – I see a hilarity in any of my misfortunes which others don’t. As perversions go it’s not harmful.

      Still, can’t wait to be back to normal. Which, come to think of it, is a rather stupid statement/expectation. What is normal?


      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 29, 2010 @ 02:42 | Reply

  3. WTF! Cold sponging your legs! For a fever? Cold sponging is good, but why not apply it on your forehead and arms? Add a dose of paracetamol and you can’t go wrong.

    Good for you, you’re not suffering from hypochondria but! Fever is another thing entirely…

    Comment by gaelikaa — June 28, 2010 @ 21:39 | Reply

    • gaelikaa, whilst your suggestion (forehead/arms) has merit the problem is not how to reach your lower legs (I am of the bendy variety). The problem is – that when in grip of a true fever – you are more or less rendered lame. You can’t move. You hallucinate. It’s quite something even getting to the cold water tap never mind wringing a cloth. I rarely fall ill, neither does my son – in fact our doctor is worried how healthy we are – but whenever we do surrender our fevers are epic. And when we succumb at the same time it becomes a logistical problem (for me). Other than that, I am a great fan of fever since I believe in letting nature take its course.

      I loved my mother’s cool hand on my forehead.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — June 29, 2010 @ 02:16 | Reply

      • Cans of beer!

        Take a can of beer from the fridge (keep one there for the purpose if you don’t have them as a normal part of life) and apply it to the back of the neck. I cools one down amazingly. Alternately, wrap a pack of frozen peas in a towel and apple to neck…not as effective as quickly but good<

        Comment by magpie11 — June 30, 2010 @ 10:58 | Reply

  4. Fever means your body is fighting the infection.

    Comment by gaelikaa — June 29, 2010 @ 10:24 | Reply

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