Thursday, January 28, 2010

Aches and Pains

Last Sunday morning, as I was sitting in church, I watched my wrist swell up, and a slight pain that had been there for weeks spread over my hand and arm. My routine check-up with the oncologist was scheduled for Monday, so she looked at the area and was very concerned. Her instructions were to go straight to the emergency room if the swelling and redness got worse, or if the Augmentin she had prescribed did not begin to improve the problem in a few hours. It did get worse over the next 24 hours, so I went, rather unwillingly, to the emergency room. I felt like a classic hypochondriac walking into the ER, alone, looking healthy, and feeling reasonably well (although my muscles were sore, and my wrist was hypersensitive - I really didn't feel sick). But after a brief examination and review of recent medical history, the doctor decided to admit me. Evidently, I have a kind of staph infection called merca (MRSA - antibiotic resistant staph). It was caused by some unknown intrusion into my left arm, which had been weakened by the lack of lymph nodes. I got a round of IV antibiotics and some hefty oral medication. The infection seems to be responding well to the treatments, so (much to my relief) I was discharged yesterday evening with prescriptions for big-gun antibiotics.

I'm feeling very well now. And I've already demonstated how accurate my wellness feelings are...I'm sure I'm all better now...I bet I don't even need those nasty antibiotics...

8 comments:

Donna said...

Been praying urgently for you. So thankful the antibiotics are beginning to work. And--hypochondriac worked in your favor this time. (BTW--you are NOT a hypochondriac--that would be one of your SIL--I won't say who!!) ;-)

Siberians said...

We also were praying about that. Glad to hear that it seems to be better and that you are home.

Anonymous said...

Amy, I am so glad that things are under control! Don't you even worry about the "hypochondriac" thing! You are the furthest person from that! We are continuing to pray for you and all of the family. Miss you and love you! Stephanie for the Smiths

Ken and Vicki in Japan said...

Just now found your recent post. So thankful that your arm has responded so well...you do know, don't you that whenever you take antibiotics it is always good to get the 'real' yogurt into you? Imagine you do but thought I would mention it in case. Continuing to pray for you,
Mansells

Anonymous said...

Heard little Gilead was sick. Praying for him and you all!

Love,

Lisa Arnold
Greer, SC

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Anonymous said...

We have been praying for all of you, and we prayed much for little Gilead! We think of you often, and we miss all 9 of you!
Ruth Bustamante

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