Sunday, November 9, 2008

" What's this? A kiss? To tell me something I missed?" Randi McMatthew

Randi is my favorite songwriter.

Maybe I missed the kiss of a spider? Woke up yesterday with a welt on my chest. When I prepared for bed last night, it had grown 2 jagged lines extending in opposite directions, like spider legs or lightning bolts.

To me that means lymphangitis. An infection from a bacteria in the fangs of the filthy mouthed arthropod or maybe on my colonized skin that the creature injected as it bit me. Now it's careening through my lymphatic system on its way to creating septic havoc on my immunocompromised body. I can get pretty dramatic.

Do I call City of Hope more than 4o miles away? The thought of what germs I might encounter in a local ER on a Saturday night scares me more than my rash so that isn't in the cards.

Instead I decide to smother it with Bactroban ointment (a very good topical antibiotic) and positive affirmations and wait to see what the morning brings.

It's better. Not gone, but better.  I am deeply relieved.  My immune system is still working, albeit somewhat sluggishly. Dr Forman can pronounce judgement on my red mark tomorrow.

Since there was no trip to the hospital, I had the chance to work all day on the Zoster paper. There I found a surprise with a big CLL connection which I will share as soon as get a few more facts.  Who would have though a paper on shingles would  push all my CLL buttons.  In a good way.


Blogger Unknown said...

Be careful and keep an eye on that. I too had been bit by a spider, a black widow. I was bit on the forearm and had the “”Traveling Line” towards my heart within a few hours. I went to the emergency room a few hours later and the doctor had to withdraw the puss from my arm with a syringe. I was 18 years old at the time and I remember no hair grew in the vicinity of the bit for 3 years.

November 10, 2008 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger E. Kostich said...

Any sudden urges to scale the sides of buildings, or swing from silk threads?

November 10, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

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