Some of you may have heard that I wound up in the hospital a couple weeks back, and I figured I should probably actually put an update together about what happened.
3 Saturdays back (Oct 10th) lwood
and I went to lunch and when we got home, I was feeling feverish. I had a cut on my left leg that was healing up well, no problems, so didn't think anything of it. By the next morning, my left leg was a bit inflamed, and I still felt like crap, running a fever as high as 103.5 degrees. Monday the 13th rolled around, and I called the advice nurse at Kaiser, who got me in to see the doctor around 5pm that afternoon.
The doctor took one look at my leg and said "Hrm. How do you feel about staying with us for a few days?" Me: "Um. We can't hit this with oral antibiotics, or give me an IV pick-line and come in for the IV a couple times a day?" Him: "No, because I'm afraid if we don't jump right on this, you could lose the leg." Me: "..."
Turns out I had a major case of cellulitis
, which can be caused either by staphylococcus and streptococcus, but could also be caused by MRSA, so for the first 2 days of my stay, they had me on three different IV antibiotics. Kaiser, for all folks complain, was terrific. The attending doc came by around 10 the night I was checked in, and the surgical resident came by as well and did a doppler bloodflow check on my left foot to make sure my circulation was okay. I wound up being in the hospital until Saturday, when cruz531
hauled me home and helped me get situated. <lj user=lwood> had to go out of town, and I can't thank cruz531
enough for all the help they rendered in changing bandages, making sure I had what I needed in the house, providing company, etc.
The main antibiotic they had me on is Vancomycin
, one of the strongest antibiotics out there. Unfortunately, one of the side effects is that it can give you a massive case of the hiccups. Those started on the Friday I was in the hospital, and didn't let up until the FOLLOWING Friday, literally causing me not to be able to sleep. When I went home, they put me on Zyvox
for another week. As a side note? Thank the gods for insurance - the Zyvox alone would have cost over $1900 for that one week's worth. Oh. And THAT one? Wound up giving me a lobster-red rash over 60% of my body.
The FUN part of all this wasn't even that stuff. It's that baiscally, the infection is one that's in the top two or three layers of your skin, and it winds up killing off a lot of tissue, and of course, I have to wait for the new layers to regrow under it.
So... my left leg from just above the knee down wound up covered in ulcers due to the infection and the swelling. I've been seeing the Wound Specialist at Kaiser and everything's healing up, but it's still gonna be another week or two before I'm back to 100%. They've got me in a compression wrap from the meta-tarsil of that foot all the way to the calf, and they're /very/ happy with the progress on how the wounds are healing, thankfully.
So that's the news from Lake LegScrewedUp - I ain't dead, but I AM still on injured reserve for a couple weeks.