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Not Very Confident

Posted 2011.10.13 16.57 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So I saw the doctor again today. She thinks my leg looks like it’s getting better, and decided not to extend the antibiotics any further. What I have, will run out on Sunday.

I questioned her, along the lines of “Really? Are you sure?” because my leg’s still swollen from my toes up to above my knee. My knee and ankle are both swollen enough that I have a restricted range of motion. I’m still experiencing almost constant pain in my shin and calf. And the leg is still so sensitive that at times it hurts just having heavy blankets on it.

Never before in my life have I ever been on antibiotics, and then the doctor has figured to let the medication end before the symptoms are gone. It’s always been the opposite – you take the antibiotics for 3 or 4 days after the last of the symptoms have left. Heck that’s why antibiotics usually come with a notice “Keep taking this even if you feel better!” because you need to ensure every last trace of the bacteria is eradicated, before the meds stop.

So I’ve kind of resigned myself to the idea that next week I’ll probably have to go back to the hospital.

Hey Bacteria: What the Hell?!

Posted 2011.10.12 8.22 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

It’s been a full month now since I first saw my doctor about my left leg. Am I all better now?

No. Not even close. I can’t say for sure if it’s worse or not, but it sure isn’t better.

It hasn’t been a full month of treatment, mind you. Not yet. The first five days were taken up with separate sessions with the x-ray machine, and two different sets of ultra-sounds, by two different technicians, in two different offices.

So treatment-wise, it’ll just be reaching the 4-week mark in a couple days.

Since the treatment started, I’ve had four different antibiotics. Two of them intravenously, three of them in pill form. There was also the NSAID for the inflammation.

Has any of it worked?

I don’t really know. I think the IV was starting to work but then my doctor switched me over to pills.

The pills sure haven’t worked. The first ones didn’t do a darn thing, that’s when I ended up going to the hospital. And since the IV, the pills haven’t done anything either. Not the first lot. And the second lot seems to be coming up useless too.

So hey you bacteriums down there? What the hell do you want from me? Bugger off, I’m done with you jerks!

These guys are jerks.

The score so far:

  • Cephalexin pills: Useless.
  • Naproxen pills: Useless.
  • Cephazolin & Clindamycin¬†together by IV: Maybe helped, a bit.
  • Clindamycin pills: Useless.
  • Ciprofloxacin pills: Useless.