Monday 9th December
Having gone to our local hospital on Friday, we were back again this morning for another emergency visit!!! I was seen immediately by the specialist cancer nurse, and a consultant. The swelling/redness/pain/hard lumpy feeling is cellulitis 😦 This can become dangerous if left, and lead to septicaemia.
So I am now on a mega dose of penicillin, 2000mg a day. Hit it hard, and it should go away!!
I hate feeling like this.
But, some vestige of good news: the plastic drain bag is no longer stuck to my leg. There is still an open, exit wound, where the drain tube came out of my leg, but this is slowly beginning to close up. The ‘stuff’ that should have been draining out is further up my leg, which has now become infected ~ oh joy!!
Anyway, back again for a review on Wednesday morning. If there is no change, or the bruising and redness have increased, then the ‘lump’ may have to be drained off using a fine needle ~ not a pleasant prospect!
Still, I can’t fault the service; I have been seen, at the drop of a hat, every single time 😉 The nurses are amazing, and take time out to talk and reassure you.
Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon.
Friday 7th June
Just returned from the surgery for my twice weekly dressing. Another infection. More antibiotics. Yah boo sucks.
On Monday I have been called to the hospital to see the original consultant who ‘did’ my back, and referred me on, for my foot.
I believe she is going to talk me through the CT scan results. It’s make or break time.
Positive, positive, positive thoughts. Crossing everything.
Following on from Wednesday’s visit to the surgery, I was back there on Friday ~ no better, no worse ~ was the state of the infection ~ keep taking the pills!
On Sunday the district nurse came to the house to clean and dress the wound. As it was still a bit stinky, she advised me to go back to the surgery on Monday.
I’ve never visited the place, on so many occasions, in so short a time! Back on the Monday, as the infection was still present, I was put on another set of antibiotics.
The swabs that I had taken for MRSA all came back negative, so that was some good news!
My last visit to the nurse was on Wednesday 15th May, when it found that the infection had cleared up, yay! All systems go for the skin graft operation.
Wednesday 8th May
I was dreading this, I really didn’t want to go through the pain again. However, it was so much easier this time, nothing had stuck to the wound tissue ~ breathes enormous sigh of relief! But, there was an infection. My notes read: malodorous today, sloughy wound bed, periwound erythema. Bleugh. Antibiotics were prescribed. If the wound were to remain infected, the skin graft couldn’t go ahead.