Last Saturday during my walk through Bridle Trails State Park, I felt a sharp sting on my right knee. That evening and the following day, my knee was tender, all the way into the muscles. I was pretty sure it was a spider bite, but didn’t sweat it because I was pretty sure that there weren’t harshly venomous creatures living west of the cascades.
On Monday, when I was at the chiropractor’s, Dr. Hammons noticed that my right leg was swollen, red, and warm to the touch. He suggested I get checked out. So I went to see my internist yesterday. By then, the leg looked better, so I was almost apologetic about scheduling time. Dr. Goldberg told me that it’s always better to be sure, and agreed that it was probably nothing to worry about. Although – you know it might be a blood clot in that leg, especially given that you were laid up so long.
Of course I infused concern into my physical therapist earlier today – he promptly forbade me from getting onto the underwater treadmill, and also canceled my incline workout too (frustrating but understandable).
So today I had the leg ultrasounded. It felt weird having the gel-laden probe sliding down my leg, but the results were good and negative – just confirmed by a call from the doctor.
Goes to show that my view of medicine has changed. Prior to my bike accident, I would have blown off going in for this leg swelling. Good or bad, I would have gotten my incline workout :).
By the way, I have no idea what bit me Saturday.