so, regular ysmarko readers will already know that i am occasionally a complete idiot (close friends and family know that “occasionally” is generous). this is proof.
a little over a week ago, i experienced a highly embarrassing mishap involving a dropped ipod and a swiftly moving treadmill. the immediate result was embarrassment; but the result within minutes was bloody knees. as i previously posted, i worked out for 90 minutes more before going home. of course, by then, the wounds were large scabs. so, when my wife suggested i put antibiotic ointment on them, i did the guy thing: i didn’t.
unfortunately, the pain has increased daily. wednesday night, i hardly slept, as the pain had increased to a truly distracting level. and thursday morning, i couldn’t walk without limping. jeannie looked at my right knee and quickly (duh) deduced that it was infected (i suppose that’s what normal people deduce from swelling, redness and pain). at jeannie’s suggestion, i headed off to urgent care.
when i told the nurse how i got the injury, she swore and said, “well, that’s one i haven’t heard.” then she left me in the exam room, and i heard her, just on the other side of the door, telling the office staff, followed by their loud laughter.
the doc came in, and i swear he looked like a tall ben stein. he had the same droll humor also (like when he said with a completely straight face that he was going to have to amputate my leg). he didn’t call me an idiot, but implied the same for not cleaning it out earlier. he said we would need “an aggressive treatment of antibiotics” to make sure it doesn’t become something more serious.
the nurse came back in and gave me a massive antibiotic shot in the butt (“when you get a shot in the butt, it comes with a little massage!”), a tetnus shot in my arm, and a prescription for two antibiotic pills and – yeah, baby – vicodin for the pain. the doc told me i have to keep my leg elevated, and put a hot wet towel on it. when i asked him how long and how often, he responded with a straight face, “oh, i’d say 15 minutes every 20 minutes.” i said, “seriously? just keep it on all the time?” he said, “i’m kidding; do it a handful of times each day.”
getting in my car after leaving the pharmacy, i bumped the wound on the steering column of my car and almost blacked out from the pain. and that’s when i first noticed the oozing. not blood, mind you (sorry, this is gross) — but puss. this oozing has continued since.
i have to go back for a follow-up this afternoon. and i can’t work out in the mean time (which is a nice excuse, but frustrating, as i know the “loser” competitors are chomping at the bit for me to fall from my current #1 spot.
friday afternoon update
today, the surface pain is less, but the deeper pain is worse. my knee is extremely stiff, and feels something like a pulled muscle. i can’t stand in one place on it for more than about 15 seconds.
the surface wounds look better also, but the redness from the infection has obviously spread. yesterday, it was only about an inch wider than the scabs. today, it covers the entire knee cap, and onto the inside of my knee. the whole thing is still quite swollen.
i went back to the doc, and they seemed concerned (they did not joke today, which made me a bit nervous!). i got another big shot of antibiotics in my butt (and this time it hurt!). and the doctor took a black permanent marker and drew a line along the outside of the redness (the infection area), so he can more clearly see the change tomorrow. yes, i have to go back again tomorrow.
since the youth specialties update newsletter linked to my sob story today, and there’s a raft of new traffic here, i thought i should update it a bit, so you all don’t think i’m dying on a hospital bed.
i went back to the doc on saturday, and, while the infection had spread a tiny bit more, it was significantly lighter in color and pain; so they were encouraged and said the antibiotics seemed to be working. i’m still on the three prescriptions, keeping my leg elevated, and putting a hot wet towel on it multiple times a day. and i have a follow-up with the doc tomorrow. but it seems to be slowly clearing up, and the pain has decreased substantially.
thanks for your prayers and concern!