Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Medical Woes

I have a staph infection in my finger. I have no idea how I got it, just that I first noticed it at work. I went to the doctor about a week after it started, as it has started to get itchy and grow larger and I had a bunch of puss filled pockets. Yuck! The doctor lanced the pockets and squeezed out as much infection as he could. Yuck, again, and Ouch! He put me on medication to treat MRSA, as he thinks that my infection could be MRSA. I am still waiting for the biopsy results. MRSA or not, this thing is painful and itchy and annoying.

On a good medical note, I finally went to the doctor. I am a doctor-phobic person so I avoid the doctor whenever possible. I haven't had a pelvic exam or pap smear since 2001, which was also the time of my last physical. I did go to the doctor when I had a kidney/bladder infection, back spasms, and the torn hamstring. I feel so much better now that I have made myself go. I had to get a TB test for work, but I could have gone to the local health clinic and just gotten that done. I decided that this would be a good reason for me to go to the doctor for a full exam, instead. Everything checked out so far, except for my high blood pressure. He put me on a sample medication and I go back in three weeks to see how that is working.


Denise said...

Wow, I really thought I'd responded to these. Hmmm...either I responded in my head and was just too fatigued to actually type it out OR you didn't approve my comment!!!

At any rate, I was shocked that you went to the doctor! Was it MRSA?

Mom of 7 said...

I think you did respond, via email. Not that I have any memory issues or anything!

I was shocked that I went to the doctor, too. It was not MRSA, but it hung around for 7 weeks! They put me on meds for MRSA, but since it wasn't that, it didn't go away completely so I had to do another round of antibiotics. It took 7 weeks for it to heal enough to take the bandages off. It was a mess. Plus the antibiotics caused "other" infections and I got bronchitis shortly after the infection started. Basically, I've been a mess for the past two months. I just finished my fourth round of antibiotics.

The infection turned out to be yeast and an intestinal bacteria. Apparently I got it from one of the babies. That would be one of the sick babies that, by law, aren't allowed in daycare, but our director allowed in anyway!