Monday, May 25, 2009

Seriously? MRSA?

I just got home from the doctor. This is exactly what he said when he looked at my arm, shaking his head back and forth: "This is NOT good. This is really NOT good." Not exactly the words I want to hear a doctor say when they're examining me.

I told him he was scaring me, and asked him what he meant by "not good". He said the antibiotic shot and the antibiotic prescription they gave me yesterday should have really knocked out the infection. Instead, it's much worse than yesterday. He thinks it might be Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a super bug. He prescribed another antibiotic that specifically targets MRSA.

He drew another ink line around the redness, the one today is about two inches outside the line from yesterday. I measured my forearms and the infected arm is 1 1/2 inches larger, that's how much it's swollen. The skin is bright red, very hot to the touch, very tight and it hurts like hell (even with the Vicodin).

I have to go back to the doctor tomorrow, and if my arm isn't better, he'll give me a third antibiotic. If that doesn't work, then I have to go to the hospital for IV antibiotics. That's the worse case scenario. Well, actually that's not the worse thing that can happen. They may have to open up my arm to drain it. I suppose the absolute worse thing is that I could die. Thanks to Google I know that's a possibility.

I asked the doctor about exercising and he said no lifting weights with my infected arm (which of course is the right arm and I'm right-handed). However, he said if I felt like it I could bike ride or do any cardio, and leg strength exercises. I don't really feel like it. My arm is super tender, extremely sore and sensitive, and it hurts. Instead, I think I'll go to bed and sleep. This hasn't been my best weekend.


Ron said...

The hell with exercise... take care of that arm!

Ida said...

OH NO! I really hope, for your sake it is not MRSA. That can be really bad. I'm sure that you've already looked it up and know that it never goes away, just into remission. I'm curious, though, what antibiotic did they give you that specifically targets MRSA? (my daughter has MRSA)

antgirl said...

Wow! You should take a break and get your rest. Your body needs whatever energy it has to fight that infection. Take care of yourself, Diana!

Try not to worry too much.

Yup, I'm in Bend. Really hope you're feeling better soon.

big_mummy said...

you really need to look after yourself... no exercise will not kill you. do you have wii fit? if you do feel like just burning off some cals, you could at least do some free step with no effect on your arm. but i personally think you should sit on your ass. take care

Tony said...

I agree with Meps, take a break and just relax.

MizFit said...


Im with everyone else and late to the nonparty.

exercise will be there later.
EAT REALLY HEALTHY as it will help you HEAL.

Fatinah said...

I can't believe that you had to get more antibiotics! I sure hope this batch works!!

I really, really hope you feel better soon!