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Old 07-15-2008, 03:30 AM   #31
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Thanks everyone. This wasn't a great day for me. I can't really explain it. The pain has been worse, but it has also been a lot better. I never knew when my leg was going to hurt/burn when I started walking until I was up on my feet. With the cats being strictly indoor cats, and with the layout of our house, it is kind of hard to keep them out all the time, but for the most part they have just slept and played with each other. I take care to protect my leg when they come near. We will go see our regular doctor Thursday (first day open). Well, I guess I'd better lie down again, as I'm getting tired. Maybe this is my punishment for staying up all hours of the night. lol (Just kidding).

Goodnight--Hopefully I will have better news tomorrow.

Barbara (I miss my Pollyanna side--I think she took a short vacation. Maybe she will be back tomorrow.).
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Old 07-15-2008, 03:45 AM   #32
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you'd better be in bed by now............
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:17 AM   #33
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my husband suffers from this for a about 5 yrs now. It comes and goes all the time. It can come on by a blow to the legs or a scratch or even a bug bite. It red lines to the heart. When it comes on he gets a very high fever (104 is his record) the the leg becomes scarlet red and on a heavy antibodics and pain pills. If it travel 1 inch in a hour it is off to the ER and he gets hospitalized.

He has had it for so long I am almost an expert on it. Once it comes on you have to see a DR. I was told this infection wants to travel to the heart (red LInes) , It is an infection that attacks the lining around your cells.

He has had for so long that his leg is losing all feeling and we were told that eventually in the naer future his legs would have to come off.

The best thing to do when you get it and barbara you should do this now.
Wrap hot moist towels around your leg. it brings the blood back to the leg and also helps relives pain.

The proceedure we go thru, which they do to him in the hospital is
lay a large bath towel or small blanket on the bed or sofa
then a piece off plastic ( I use a garbage bag)
then wrap the leg in a hot as you can stand it wet towel
Wrap the plastic around the wet towel
then wrap the first towel around that
now you have an insulated heat wrap
leave it on there for at least 20 min and if you have help have some bring you a another hot towel 1/2 way thru the 20 min. you also should be laying flat for better circulation. this also helps with the pain.

hope this helps and feel better
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Old 07-15-2008, 11:34 AM   #34
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I hope you get better soon Barbara ! Take care of yourself !
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:32 PM   #35
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Barbara, we are all worried about you. Did you go back to the doctor Sunday night? Did he say you were getting better? I know your time at the computer is limited right now, but I was concerned when there was no communication from you all day yesterday....
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Old 07-15-2008, 12:49 PM   #36
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Barbara, I am so sorry. I just found this thread. I know oh so well what you are going through, though our conditions are different. My dogs probably weigh much more than your kitties and for some reason they know I am not well and insist on laying right against the leg or will jump on it. They think they are comforting me but then get in trouble....it is so hard on them and me.

I do hope and pray you get some relief soon. First the kidney stones and now this. Rest as much as you can, though I know that is difficult. Above all, just rest..if you need those pain killers for no other reason than to get some needed rest, use them. And know that we are all here for you in thoughts and in prayers.
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Old 07-15-2008, 04:57 PM   #37
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Thanks everyone. Yeah, I just didn't feel well enough to post anything yesterday. I can see that it is getting better (The red is almost gone from part of the outside of my leg), but the main areas still hurt just as much sometimes.

Believe me Debs, I have been in bed since last Thursday.

Letscook, thanks for the information. Heat actually bothers it, but I will discuss this with my doctor.

The doctor at the hospital had already gone home when we called. They said it would be a lot cheaper to go to my regular doctor. The soonest she can see me is this Thursday, so I will see her then. If this flares up and gets worse before then, we will go back to the hospital.

I am really grateful for all of your prayers and kind thoughts. You all mean so much to me.

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Old 07-15-2008, 05:21 PM   #38
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I was always told heat is the worst thing for cellulitis, that it loves heat.
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:10 PM   #39
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That makes sense Buddy. This feels better with cool cloths.

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Old 07-15-2008, 06:43 PM   #40
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Hope you get better soon Barbara.
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