What a difference a week makes! This time last week, the pain had really started escalating and I didn't know if I was going to make it much longer. I give all praise to our God for giving me the presence of mind to go on to the E.R. on Monday morning. I was not going to make it much longer, and I certainly would not have made it to my PM doc in Chattanooga.
I had surgery to remove a carbunkle from my upper left thigh/lower buttock and to remove a staph boil from the left side of my torso. These two removals left holes in my body that could easily house a golfball (torso) and baseball (buttock/thigh). I am now on a wound vac to remove any possible remaining infection and to start closing the wounds. It is our prayer that I will be off of the vac in 3 weeks and well on my way to being normal.
My medical team ROCKED while there. I normally HATE this hospital and wouldn't go there, but beggars can't be choosers. I'm actually very glad with my choice and pray this means that our little hospital is coming around and moving up in the world. My Hospitalist happened to also be a customer of mine. He really spent some time with my husband and I coming up with a plan to try to irradicate these infections that I continue to have. He gave us a pretty extensive list of even the little things that we need to do/stop doing. Basically, habits that we need to change.
My pain levell in my hands has been on the increase with their increased need in aiding my movements, but they have stayed with it and have helped manage it, along with the surgical pain, beautifully. I actually feel about 80% better than I did this time last week. I am encouraged.
Thank you for all of the prayers, messages, thoughts during this time. God is absolutely awesome and, again, HE gets all of the glory for my recovery.
I'll update you all again soon.