Well, I have once again been released from a doctor’s care…. this time from the Infectious Disease specialist.
After about 24 hours of periodically applying moist heat, my latest MRSA boil came to a head. I was in the ID office within an hour and they drained it. It was a painful process including manual pressure and a needle that left a horrific bruise. That said, it offered almost immediate relief!
This time, because I caught it so soon, I had a vastly different experience. The “sting” happened when the spot appeared on 10/30. I started an oral antibiotic and Bactroban in the nose on 11/1. It came to a head and was drained on 11/4.
I had my last follow up visit with the ID doctor today and was released from his care. There is still a hard nodule under the skin, which is scar tissue, and my leg still looks purplish in that spot. My orders are to bathe twice a week with Hibiclens and to use Bactroban in my nose one week of every month. I have a brand new prescription of the oral antibiotic waiting for the moment a future spot pops up. I will use a new razor every time I shave, which is what we believe we traced this all back to. I have not yet investigated sterilizing razors so if anyone has a tip on that, I’m all ears. A new razor every shave sounds so wasteful, but that’s what I’m doing for the short term.
While this latest incident was super scary in the beginning, I am SO thankful that I realized what it was so quickly, for my amazing DR who saw me right away and determined it was MRSA (not a spider), and for getting in to the ID doctor so quickly (they are really in demand these days). I am also grateful for all of your kind words, prayers and support!
Here’s a fun pick from this week when Sis and I stole away for 2 nights to our happy place…
UPDATE: If you really, really want to read the full schedule of events and see the nasty photos, I have created a hidden page that you can access here. I have reached the end of the internet on MRSA photos and information. I was and primarily am interested in what things to visually look out for. I am ONLY sharing this for reference in the hopes that it can help someone down the road. MRSA can be deadly. CLICK WITH CAUTION
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED