In the hospital this weekend

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Registered: 07-16-2001
In the hospital this weekend
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Sat, 04-06-2013 - 4:41pm
This is not my idea of fun. I went to urgent care this morning because I have another cyst under my arm (like the one I had before that was mrsa). I had gone to my PCP on Thursday and she drained it and I thought all was well. It was a little bigger than a peanut when she lanced it. It didn't drain at all on Thursday or Friday, and it got bigger. Friday afternoon. I called the doc to find out what to do. The nurse basically said I hadn't been on the antibiotics long enough yet and to wait it out. When I woke up in the middle of the night, it was about the size of a ping-pong ball. By this morning, there were two distinct lumps. One about the size of a walnut and one a little smaller than a tennis ball across. Did I mention I didn't sleep from the pain? So this morning a friend went with me to urgent care. The doctor took one look at it and sent me to the ER. I was poked excessively- blood drawn, at least three doctors feeling it, an ultra sound (inconclusive) and then a CAT scan. After the ultra sound, the doctor told me there was no fluid, just hard tissue and air. Because of the air and lack of pus, he was worried it could be necrotizing fasciitis and said I needed IV antibiotics and I'd probably be here at least 48 hours. I thought they'd admit me anyway, but not for that long. So now I'm waiting. They won't even know for sure what it is until the blood cultures come back, which he said would probably be 48 hours. They've also not let me eat at all and it's 3:35. I've had a slim fast shake and a banana cookie today and that's it. I finally just sent my friend for food bc the nurses didn't seem concerned with getting the doctor's all clear. Of course, just now as I'm typing this someone brought me a tray of food. I sent it away. I'm thoroughly annoyed. First they don't tell me if I can eat, then they bring me a tray when I've said three times already that I was sending someone for food. Oh, and after the CAT scan, they didn't hook my IV back up for at least half an hour. Someone just forgot, and then they ignored my call the first time. If they do that with my next pain pill, there's gonna be trouble.

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Tue, 04-09-2013 - 5:58pm
I'm kind of wondering if my weight loss efforts are what triggered it. You can be a carrier and not know it. I've lost weight before, but never as quickly (and I didn't even lose it fast- 15 pounds in three months). There were a few weeks where I had several days in a row where my net calories after exercising were 900 or less. That's too low. I've always eaten enough, but I was exercising far more. I was getting chills and was tired all the time. Some people think it's okay to exercise off all your food, but that obviously isn't good for me! I just wonder if that lowered my immune response. I'm going to get some of the soap they had me use in the hospital. It's called hibiclens and says it can kill mrsa. It's expensive, but I don't care!
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Registered: 01-24-2011
Thu, 04-11-2013 - 9:07am

I thought I add to the comment about razors. I have been suffering from Bartholin gland abscess for the last 2 weeks. I am wondering if it was caused by my razor. I also do not use disposable ones and I also think mine was used for way too long. When I found a painful lump on the mouth of my vagina, I was very scared thinking it was cancer. Shywon, I wish you a speedy recovery.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 2:46am

Good to hear things are getting better.  Have a quick recovery.

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 10:57am
Have you been to the doctor, Miss Lynn? That sounds like something that definitely needs checked out.
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Registered: 01-24-2011
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 12:33pm
Yes, I saw a doctor. It has healed now. Thanks for your concern.
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Registered: 05-14-1999
Fri, 04-19-2013 - 6:46am

Shy, how are you feeling?  Has the swelling gone down?  

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Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 04-20-2013 - 1:44am

I had a follow up appointment with the surgeon today. He basically looked at it, said it was heeling nicely, then left. You'd think for as much as they get paid, he'd spend more than three minutes with me!  He did say it was okay to exercise as long as it doesn't hurt. The lump is mostly gone, but there's still a hard spot and some swelling. He said that was okay, so hopefully it is. I have another appointment with the infectious disease specialist next week. Hopefully he'll be able to tell me more. 

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