The Skeptical Raptor is back from a serious cellulitis — sort of


You might have noticed that I have not posted anything for nearly three weeks. Well, there was a bad reason for this — a severe case of cellulitis in my lower right leg.

Some of you might not know much about cellulitis, but it is a Group A streptococcus infection of the skin and underlying tissues. It is treated with antibiotics, and the prognosis is good if it is treated early. Unfortunately for me, the infection spread rapidly from my knee to my ankle.

My skin became blistered and inflamed, a very painful condition. It felt like someone was burning it off. It was the worst pain I had ever felt. I couldn’t walk or move. Sleeping was miserable.

I actually don’t know what happened. I went to bed one night and woke up early in the morning with severe pain in my leg, a high fever, and a bright red inflammation. I initially blew it off because I’m immortal. But by 10 AM, I dragged myself to the ER in a small hospital nearby. When the ER physician and nurses observed my leg, I could see in their eyes that this was much more serious than I thought.

Post debridement of my leg. I let the nurses go crazy with colors. Underneath those bandages is an angry-looking infection.

I was immediately treated with IV antibiotics, fluids, and painkillers. The ER physician said that if I had waited another 24 hours, I would not be around to write you ever again.

They performed an MRI of my leg and found that the infection had not entered the bone which might have meant I would have lost my leg. I also had to have the wound debrided several times which I would not recommend to anyone. But it was necessary to remove necrotic tissue and allow my skin to heal.

I spent 10 days in the ICU (intensive care unit) and another six days as an inpatient. After 16 days, they felt that I was good enough to be discharged, even though I’m still on painkillers and oral antibiotics.

I can walk, but it is extremely painful. Furthermore, I’m very weak. It’s hard to concentrate on writing, though I’m going to give it a try next week.

I was very scared. The pain was so great that I actually wanted to die — it was that horrible.

So, you might ask how I contracted cellulitis. The doctors and I don’t know. I didn’t have any scratches or sores on my leg that would indicate the start of cellulitis infection. The etiology remained unknown even when the surgeon was closely inspecting my leg.

I was healed by modern medicine. I was not cured by prayer, homeopathy, or any other pseudoscience. I received outstanding antibiotics, helped by well-trained nurses and physicians, and my own immune system. And no, vaccines did not cause this — don’t even go there. I even received the Tdap vaccine, in case I scratched myself in the leg accidentally and contracted tetanus too!

I’m going to incur significant expenses for this. Even though I have outstanding healthcare insurance, I received care at a hospital that was not owned or contracted by my insurance plan. This is one of the flaws of the US healthcare system, a subject that I might write about later. I’m lying in the ICU, and the case manager has to discuss financial issues with me. I could barely concentrate on my leg, let alone what the hell is going on with insurance issues.

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I hope to be back to posting articles starting this week. Stay tuned.

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