Hope your pain's better soon Bickaxe.
I'm really upset and worried right now cause my little kitty is in surgery... (well, kitty... she's 10.)
We noticed yesterday that she'd lost a big chunk of fur right behind her ear, and it was all bloody. She wouldn't stop scratching at it. The poor thing spent her night in my bed, almost on top of me, which she usually never does. She's not the snuggly type. She's a little devil and a rowdy most of the time...
We brought her to the vet today and she immediately recognized it as an abcess. She probably got a wound from a fight with another cat, and it got infected. It's at least two weeks old. We never saw anything because it was under the fur, and I did feel a bump when I stroked her, but I thought it was a tick or something... At least she's been eating and acting normally, which is a very good sign.
So, now she's in surgery. Hope it all goes well. We'll go and fetch her around lunch time.
I wish I could've stayed there with her for a bit.
She was so scared.