Update from the Ward
by, October 17th, 2009 at 11:30 PM (1253 Views)
Not much news to report.
I awoke this morning to note that the inflammatory striations appeared to have diminished.
I scalded the area in the shower at 5 a.m., put more antibiotic cream on, went back to sleep till 10 a.m.
I had coffee and an antibiotic pill and spent the rest of the morning getting my affairs in order.
Another scalding, another goo application, and a nap so deep it was like being folded into the Kafka nut.
When I awoke, striations appeared to be restriating.
I ate a sandwich, watched Pineapple Express, took another antibiotic pill, wondered at how truly disgusting human flesh can quickly become, tried not to dwell too deeply on the etiology of arachnidism and the like.
To be honest about it, so far no positive developments. It is possible that the rate of worsening is slowing, but that could be wishful thinking.
Another scalding now, another application of goo that is supposedly good for impetigo and MRSA, then we shall see how the night goes.
Since I didn't know what impetigo was, I just did a web search and found out it is a common skin infection among kids:
here are two types of impetigo: bullous impetigo (large blisters) and non-bullous impetigo (crusted) impetigo. The non-bullous or crusted form is most common. This is usually caused by staphylococcus aureus but can also be caused by infection with group A streptococcus. Non-bullous begins as tiny blisters. These blisters eventually burst and leave small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid. Gradually, a tan or yellowish-brown crust covers the affected area, making it look like it has been coated with honey or brown sugar.
Bullous impetigo is nearly always caused by staphylococcus aureus, which triggers larger fluid-containing blisters that appear clear, then cloudy. These blisters are more likely to stay intact longer on the skin without bursting.
My friend Jack Martin told me he had a staph infecion on his foot, and had to be treated in the hospital.
I am really hoping this doesn't come to that.