Oh my GOSH! Watch that carefully! I had two small lipomas removed from the top of my hand. Got the stitches out and it looked great. One teeny little spot was still a bit open, but the doctor put Steri-strips on it and said when they fall off, they fall off....just leave them off. A week later and all was well, strips had fallen off, and little open spot looked healed. Our compost was delivered so I put on vinyl gloves and then then work gloves over them and helped Ken in the garden.
May 30th I was fine. May 31st I was in the emergency room at St. Vincent's Hospital signing permission for amputation. I had gas gangrene. It came on fast, and it was ugly. If you touched the top of my hand it sounded like walking on Rice Krispies. I was up there for 10 full days, had 3 operations on it, debridment in a whirlpool every day, and 3 different IV antibiotics going in 24/7 - they alternated. As soon as a bag of one type was empty a bag of the next kind went in. I was NPO every single night because until the surgeon came in for rounds in the morning and checked it, we didn't know if I'd have a trip to the OR. (I hung him in effigy from my hospital room door to get through to him that waiting from 6 PM until whenever he decided to wander in wasn't acceptable - he got the message) Amputation was always on the table. All this was the last of May. I got my bandages off the end of October. The cultures showed both E.Coli and Clostridium Perfringens, plus a couple of other pathogens....so I had anaerobic and aerobic thingies living in there.
Folks tease me sometimes about being such a germaphobe. I learned first hand the power of those microscopic little boogers, and nothing scares me more than contact with compost, poop, garden dirt.......gives me the heebies! I don't tell you this to scare you - well, yes, maybe I do a little. I don't ever want to see anyone go through that nightmare!!! So watch it carefully!!
Yeah our doctors around here aren't the brightest.. their suggestion at first was to just let it be, and soak it..
I insisted the culture the infection so at least we knew which bacteria we were dealing with... results still aren't back from that so we're still treating with Keflex and Bactrim..
Usually he avoids the compost pile and just goes for the dirt..but his dad was out with him and well..we all know guys aren't the best judge of..well anything..
I have no doubt that he will lose the nail.. there's too much damage already not to. But even at 6, he's been super about keeping up with it..set an alarm on his tablet and everything to remind him when it was time for a soak or meds. We have been doing an alternating schedule..we soak in straight hot tap water with Epsom salt, that's every 3 hours..then in between soaks it packed with neosporin and wrapped. ..
I don't think he'll go near the compost pile again.. as for keeping him out of the dirt..yeah, that probably won't ever happen
ETA.. I'm holding your hand on the germaphobe part. .. my mom works at a hospital and all the horror stories of staph and MRSA.. I can't even walk in a public bathroom without wanting to hose off with Chlorox..he did wash his hands when they were done finding worms, but apparent was already too late.. we're still not sure if the entry point was a hang nail or a splinter. At first I thought it was from an infected splinter.. only after I checked it over really good and didn't see a splinter, did his dad admit to the compost pile adventure the night before..but it is our best guess that it was the cause..
I was bit by a dog a few years ago, on the palm of my hand..I was training horses at the time and it was cold out, so I was wearing gloves. .about 3 days after the bite, I couldn't close my hand but ignored it and kept working..well one night I was working, my hand got hot and I heard a sound I could never describe..my hand had split. . I went straight to the ER, was there 48 hours with IV antibiotics. .it was awful
Edited by WildHens - 5/6/16 at 12:26pm