As some of you know, I have been sick for a few days. I figured it was the flu, and I still might have had a touch of that. My leg, though, was the worst part of my problem. The lower part of my right leg was dark red and in extreme pain. By last night it was within a few inches of my knee. Walking the few steps to the bathroom was excruciating. Just lying in bed it sometimes hurt with nothing touching it, and other times things like the air from the fan, or the bed sheet made it hurt. Now and then Tony and Carlos (kitties) would run through like a thundering herd and hit my leg like a ton of bricks. That made me scream, pretty much.
So, off to the hospital. I have cellulitis. I'm now on one antibiotic two times a day and another antibiotic four times a day. He also prescribed a high dose Motrin and a pain killer. Truthfully I may hold out on using that one until I have a bad kidney stone episode. While I was almost ready last night for them to amputate that leg, I think I can get by with the Motrin. If not, I'll use them, but sparingly.
It feels a teeny bit better right now--until I try to walk. The first 10 or so steps are always the worst.
I've also got various aches and pains all around my body (swollen glands I think--I've had them through this whole process), and I woke up this morning feeling very achy all over. The doctor said it will probably get worst before it gets better. He drew a line around my leg, just above the redness. It it goes a little past that, it's ok, but if it goes, in his words, substantially above the line, I need to come back immediately. My first thought was that my substantial may be different than his, so I asked him, and he said to the knee. If all goes well, I have to go back Sunday night for him to check it.
I am SOOOOOOOOOO thankful that this didn't hit on our vacation. I would have been in worse agony than I already was.