Monday, November 08, 2010
Without A Leg to Stand On (Ha Ha)
I saw the school nurse last week on the day of the accident, and she dressed the main injury and recommended a treatment plan. Which I followed. I wrote earlier of my struggles with trying to get a decent scab to form because both injuries are over bendy places. I alternated putting healing cream and a dressing with exposure to the air. I spent the better part of the weekend in the recliner with the bloomin' thing exposed to the air. I rested. I did what I should have done. For once.
But this morning it was no better. In fact, the area to the northwest of the main injury had become red, puffy, and kind of hard. Strange. So I went back to see the school nurse today. She said that it has become infected and the hard red area is where the body is trying to contain the infection. She prescribed no more air exposure for now but to clean it and apply antibiotic ointment and a clean pad twice a day. I'm to see her again on Wednesday. She told me what to watch out for, i.e., streaks of red radiating from the wound would indicate the infection had spread into the blood. If that happens, I need to see the doctor. And get oral antibiotics. And godknowswhatelse. She spoke direly of cellulitis as a possible consequence. I promised to be a good patient.
So now I'm going to go clean both wounds and apply the antibiotic gunk and put fresh dressings on and get in bed with my book.
No quilty content once again. It's killin' me.
Posted by Nancy, Near Philadelphia on Monday, November 08, 2010