I was wheeled into the ER where, in a scene reminiscent to Gone With The Wind, two nurses held me down while the doctor cut open my foot with a scalpel.
That is a very dramatic opening to this post isn’t it? And it’s all true!
Let’s go back a few days shall we?
I had been a busy bee this past week. Making sarma. Family commitments. Christmas shopping. Lunch with the girls. Busy. Busy. Busy. I noticed I had a bit of a niggle in my foot but, thanks to Google, I quickly self-diagnosed as Athletes Foot and asked The Turk (aka My Ex-Husband) to get me some spray next time he went into the city. Of course he forgot each and every time thus why he will forevermore be known as My Ex-Husband.
Thursday morning I thought I should perhaps take myself down to the local clinic in the village to have a squiz at my foot. The happy little doctor there (whom My Ex-Husband calls ‘the amateur’) told me it was mantar which confused me greatly as this means mushroom in Türk but, as I now understand, also means fungus. This is beginning to get a little gross isn’t it? Anyway, he gave me a spray and sent me on my way.
I really wasn’t feeling too special by Friday. Dropped Daughter at school. Took My Hurley Dog for a walk and then came home and collapsed. My foot was aching and had swollen to the size of a cantaloupe but I soldiered on with the spray and a few Panadol. By 8pm it was clear that I was dying and was immediately bundled off to hospital. The doctor diagnosed an abscess and immediately removed an excess of liquid (I refuse to use the word ‘pus’) and sent me home after a shot of the unknown mystical ‘serum’ into my ass and a bundle of pills to keep me happy.
By Saturday my foot was the size of a watermelon and a constant flow of pus (yes I am calling it pus now) was oozing from my now open (due to stitches popping) wound. I also had a wonderful new symptom of a rash all over my body and a red streak running up my leg! Feck!
Arriving back at the hospital The Turk (yes redeemed himself and is back to being The Turk rather than My Ex-Husband) went nuts getting immediate attention by staff and I was wheeled straight into the ER where a doctor with a fecking big scalpel set to work on my foot.
While I was being operated on a very nosy teyze (teyze means aunt but it is also used when you speak to any other older person even if you do not know them which was the case here) was nearby in the ER and she came over to examine my foot (as you do). Like all teyze she was extremely vocal and helpful by letting me know that my foot was gangrene and that it would need to be amputated. She knew this, of course, because her husband had just had his foot cut off and was in the bed down the row! As I lay on my bed while the doctor continued to cut into my foot (without any anaesthetic mind you) I thanked teyze for her helpful advice and I updated my FB status thusly –
I obviously should have explained that this status update was made in jest because within minutes my phone blew up with messages and calls from friends both here and back in Oz worried that I really was going to lose my foot! The doctor diligently working on me even stopped his very important work and watched me curiously as my mobile kept beeping and ringing with anxious queries from friends before shaking his head, calling me something under his breath (which included the word yabancı mind you) – and took my phone off me!!!
Now it is Sunday morning and my foot has receded back to a small cantaloupe. The red streak seems to be disappearing however the rash is still covering my entire body. On the bright side nosy teyze was completely wrong with her medical diagnosis – and I still have two feet!
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