In the hospital this weekend

Community Leader
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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Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sun, 04-07-2013 - 9:00am

I still don't know anything. I've been on vancomycin and another antibiotic since about 3:00 yesterday. My night nurse said it takes at least 24 hours for it to work. The swelling is spreading, though. The Percocet isn't helping with the pain much anymore. As long as I don't move my arm, I'm okay. Sleeping was tough because I toss and turn a lot. Plus these hospital beds are definitely not comfortable.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2005
Sat, 04-06-2013 - 8:39pm

Oh no! Sending healing vibes your way...

Absolutely keep advocating for yourself, keep asking questions, etc.  Glad you have a friend there to help.  

Keep us posted, I'll be thinking of you.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 04-06-2013 - 6:53pm

I'm pretty sure there's going to be surgery. They're just waiting to find out how and exactly where to drain. I saw my lymph nodes On the ultra sound. i know the tech, so she told me what everything was. They were not inflamed. I'm hoping it's just mrsa again and the IV will take care of it. 

I just heard someone wrenching down the hall. Awesome. 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Sat, 04-06-2013 - 6:53pm

I'm pretty sure there's going to be surgery. They're just waiting to find out how and exactly where to drain. I saw my lymph nodes On the ultra sound. i know the tech, so she told me what everything was. They were not inflamed. I'm hoping it's just mrsa again and the IV will take care of it. 

I just heard someone wrenching down the hall. Awesome. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-1999
Sat, 04-06-2013 - 6:10pm

Goodness, what a scare.  I just Googled out of curiosity.  Of course, this is the interwebs and not all is fact but maybe it's a lymph node trying to fight off an infection, or a glandular issue (such as an abcess).  I hope that is the case, and the antibiotics can clear it up w/o your having to endure any type of surgery.  I'll be thinking of you.  Please keep us informed.     

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-02-2008
Sat, 04-06-2013 - 5:51pm

Geeezzzzzzzzzzzz Shy... ask alot of questions and hope and pray you feel better and dont get ignored at this hospital.. Its better to stay there and get evaluated and treatment and heal up and take a rest also..

Hopefully your friend can support you or your family knows and can help out..

Keep us updated and like I said sending much healing energy and prayers to you.... we cant do much behind this stupid computer screen but pray and hope for a full recovery....

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 04-06-2013 - 5:11pm

I really hope you are going to be ok.  It must be frustrating not knowing exactly what is wrong, but keep on the people in the hospital not to ignore you.  And good you have a friend with you.

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