Thursday, January 10, 2008

Just to update a few more things. My finger is fine - although a little tender - the new skin needs to toughen up quite a bit- my bug bites are on the way - the scabs have finally all come off - so now I just have a batch of lovely new scars - YUCK.


As far as my leg goes - well on Dec. 13 I woke up to a very sore leg - did not know what was wrong with it - thought I had a new crop of bites or something - by Friday I was in a lot of trouble - my leg was swollen and I could hardly stand on it - getting out of bed was an excruciating experience - was in tears - and that takes a lot. Thank goodness Sharon has the number of a doctor and she called him and he came over to the house within the 1/2 hour - I was diagnosed with cellulitis - which is an inflammation of the connective tissue underlying the skin that - in my case - was caused by a bacterial infection - and can be very very serious - if not looked after properly can lead to amputation - just what I needed when Miles and Shani were arriving in 6 days. Before the doctor left I had been given my first of 6 antibiotic shots in the butt, after 6 days of IM (intramuscular) shots - which hurt like the dickens - I then was on a regime of oral antibiotics for 5 days as well as anti-inflammatories, analgesics and anti-edematics. And after talking to my own personal nurse back in Canada - I have continued the antibiotics for a month. The infection has abated - but I must admit my leg is not a pretty sight - not that it is on the best of days - but it is now still swollen and wherever the infection was it is peeling like a snake - and there I am sitting in the sun with this thing hanging out - oh well - if you don't like it don't look at it. My foot and ankle are still quite swollen - not nearly as badly as before - but enough to make ankle flexibility dicey. And I go around hot air ballooning and snorkelling - but it was a once in a lifetime experience - and I had fun - once I got over the 'humiliation' of having to be 'assisted' - actually it was not even the assisting that was so bad - it was that it was out in public for all to see - but I have gotten over it - at least I did not let my short term disability 'ground' me and take away from my fun - much anyway.

5 comments:

Lynn said...

Oh Maureen! How scary! So glad you were able to see a doctor right away. Thanks for sharing the pics. One can REALLY see what pain you have been in.
You're so awesome to have just gone out and had fun with Miles and Shani no matter assistance you had out in public. You just continue to inspire me. Keep your chin up and I hope and pray that your leg continues to get better.

Anonymous said...

Once you feel up to it, I suggest walking daily. It will help build your strength and will be a good way to start exercising!

on the edge said...

Just think of the help as your chance to be the Queen Of Egypt !I hope you are recovering nicely by now and in less pain . Take it easy Mo .

Safa said...

That cellulitus looks horrible....

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