Sunday, 8 March 2015
Black and Blue (I'm Not Talking About A Dress)
I had a needle for a test the other day. (I was injected with radioactive stuff so a CT scan could see the blood vessels in my brain - we'll talk about it in another post.)
Ordinarily, if I have a needle, and a dressing is put over it, I pull the dressing off almost straight away. This time, I couldn't get to it for a couple of hours (having to lie still with my head in a CT machine, and things like that happening.)
When I took the dressing off, it left a bruise. days later, the bruise from the actual needle is gone, but the bruise from the dressing is nasty and purple.
I usually have "mystery bruises". They definitely are bruises, that's not the mystery. I just have no idea how I got them. It takes so little to make me bruise that things I don't even notice at the time can come up as a huge purple bruise a day or so later.
I don't know if it's an effect of lupus, or if it's just me.
I do know it's not from my medications (or not just from my medications) because I was like this long before I was diagnosed.
So, if you ever meet me, and see that I'm covered in bruises, I haven't just been beaten up. At least, I'm not likely to have been.