First, the obligatory disclaimer - I already have an appointment tomorrow with a qualified medical professional to get a real opinion on the subject. I’m asking just out of curiosity to tide me over until then. Now, on to the story.
My body has fired its latest salvo in its ongoing attempt to come up with the weirdest-ass way to knock me off. Back on Monday or Tuesday, I noticed a pain on my abdomen, just above my navel (only four-year-olds or younger have bellybuttons). It was just beneath the skin - not like a deep internal organ type pain. I didn’t think much of it, but it kept getting worse. Finally by yesterday, it was hurting to sit down or stand up and I couldn’t sleep on my stomach. Also, I could feel a small bump or lump just under the skin, or thought I could anyway. Oddly, though, there was nothing visible - it wasn’t red or inflammed or anything. So I called up and got an appointment to see the doc and went to tough it out through the day at work.
Then, a few hours ago, I felt a wetness. Here’s where the squeamish among you should go find another thread…
OK, now, for the rest of us, I went to the bathroom and checked out the situation. My navel was oozing a rather disgusting mixture of blood and some foul-smelling clear liquid. Good thing I was wearing a black shirt… Whatever it was had popped, and I did notice a decrease in the pain. I cleaned it all out as best I could with Kleenexes and alcohol wipes, but I had to keep going back in every half hour or so. My second check found a lot less blood and a lor more clear fluid in sort of an incredibly nasty slime. Anyway, now, three or so hours later, it seems to have pretty much slowed to a trickle. When I got home, I cleaned it all really well with rubbing alcohol (which didn’t sting like it would on an open wound) and slapped some gauze on it.
Now, the weird thing is that this isn’t the first time this has happened, though it is the worst instance by far. A couple years ago, I was scratching myself (yes, ladies, I’m single!) and discovered a blood clot in there the size of a pea. There was no pain, and nothing came out after I cleaned it that time, so I shrugged it off and went on with life. The only thing I can think of that might be a connection is the operation I had five or six years ago or so to have my gall bladder out. It was laprascopic, and one of the incisions was in my navel. My admittedly limited medical knowledge makes me wonder if I could have some sort of abscess or cyst or something that likes to make itself known every few years.
So, doctors, what say you? You can pit your skills against those of the guy I’m going to see tomorrow! It’ll be like a fun little challenge!