Things get real messy

Wow, did things ever get bad. The tenderness I mentioned in my last installment developed into a severe Staph infection. A band-aid I put on the area that night was soaked with fluid the next morning. The ankle area was so swollen and felt like a balloon filled with water. When pressure was applied so much puss and other fluid came out we had to use a towel to absorb it all.

I usually retain water in my legs and feet when I’ve been sitting for long periods of time so it wasn’t all puss that came flowing out. But it was a mess. I had to wrap my ankle in gauze and change the dressing every two hours. Not a pretty sight.

The surgeon was very quiet while he examined the area, and that’s unusual as he’s usually quite chatty. He took a swab sample and set me up with an Infectious Disease Specialist later that week. Also prescribed some heavy duty antibiotics. By the time I saw the specialist the antibiotics had succeeded in diminishing the swelling and fluid considerably. He kept me on the meds and told me to come back in a month.

Today the area appears healed, although I still cover it with a bandage that’s changed daily. I see the surgeon this Monday for a follow-up. I sure he sent me to the specialist as a precaution that the infection hadn’t been caused during surgery. He had mentioned it could be a suture abscess but I’m fairly certain it was caused by my shoe.

Therapy was put on hold during this ordeal, which actually worked to my advantage since the initial swelling from the operation has decreased. The range of motion in my ankle is better now and I’m getting closer to my goal of being able to do stairs without one step at a time.

One Response to “Things get real messy”

  1. I am sorry to hear about your ordeal. It sounds rather terrifying and I think all those bloggers in the UK who wonder if they made the right choice going the conservative route may feel better after reading it.

    It is good news if the swelling is down and hopefully now you will be able to concentrate on your PT.
    Wish you the best.

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