Me and my big mouth. No sooner do I say "everything is fine" and potential complication pops up.
One of the post-operative instructions we got from the surgical center on Thursday was to check for signs of infection: increased pain or swelling, discharge, odor, or fever over 100.6 or 101 (depending on which piece of paper you look at.) The weather has been warmer and more Spring-like during the last few days. The house really warmed up yesterday, and I was feeling warm and rather flushed last night. I decided to take my temperature and it was 100.8 -- it later peaked at about 101.4.
This led to some hand-wringing on my part. I know that a physical response to the trauma of surgery can be fever. I had no other symptoms on the list, but this was causing me concern. I called my parents, both of whom have had several surgeries. They recommended trying to call a doctor. I ended up paging the surgeon who worked on my hernia. She agreed that this was worthy of concern if it did go much higher... but that the best course was to wait and see rather than heading to an emergency room. In the end, Mrs. Geek and I decided to wait and see.
I spent one of my more sleepless nights, but it all ended well. My fever broke overnight, and temperature was below normal this morning.
ps. Thank you to everyone for your well-wishes. I really appreciate it!
on 2008-04-12 at 3:58 p.m.
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