You Better SMILE When You Call Me "Pizza Face"!!

  1. Just kidding!

    Actually, I'm not entirely. Since Monday, I've been on my third bout with cellulitis in a little over a year, and THIS time it decided to attack my face!! It looks like my right cheek caught fire and someone put it out with a track shoe!! AAAAAUUUUGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

    It all started with some cheap-o Christmas earrings I was wearing last week that at one point poked me a little behind the right ear. I took 'em off Friday night before bed, and never thought about it again until Monday night, when I began running a temperature and feeling rather wretched. So I took some Tylenol and went to bed early, thinking I'd be OK in the morning.

    And I was. For a time. I got up and went to work per usual, feeling fine except for a somewhat painful lump behind the right ear.........darn swollen lymph node! But as the day progressed, the lump grew bigger and more painful, my temperature shot up, and I began to feel really lousy. By this time, the ear itself was so swollen and sore that it felt like it would explode on contact; people at work were going, "You look like you've got the mumps", and even though I thought it was impossible to catch mumps when you're a) almost 48 years old and b) immune, I was beginning to wonder if they weren't right.

    It wasn't until I arrived home from work that night that I got the chance to look in the mirror..........and in an instant I knew what it was. The skin on my right cheek was already beginning to blister; my ear was swollen twice its normal size; and my fever was approaching 102 degrees even as I felt like I was freezing to death.

    Now, I hate spending money on doctors and medicine almost as much as I hate paying taxes, but fortunately, even this stubborn old RN knows when she's licked, so off to the ER I went. Good thing, because not only did the doc concur with my self-diagnosis, he said if I'd waited even another 12 hours I'd have needed IV antibiotics. As it was, the infection hadn't yet spread to the mastoid bone, and he thought I'd be OK with oral ABX as long as I started immediately.

    I've been at home ever since, missing three days of work and spending most of my time in bed, more or less pleasantly stewed on Percocet and Atarax, and looking like I lost an acid fight. But---the fever's down, my ear is almost normal size again, and I feel like maybe, just maybe, I'm going to survive. Hey, maybe I'll even get my Christmas decorations up.

    I'm not sure what all this is supposed to mean---except no more sleeping with cheap earrings in!---but one thing's for certain: I don't think I'll ever complain about wrinkles again.:uhoh21: I feel like a Halloween monster...........I can cover most of the rash with my long hair, but it's so ugly that all I can do is pray it goes away without too much scarring. My leg has never been the same since its bouts with cellulitis; I can only hope my poor face fares better!

    Until then, just call me Pizza Face...........but you better SMILE when you do it!
  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
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    Hope you're all better soon, Marla!
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Nov 19, '07
  4. by   Tweety
    Thanks for the advice. I won't be wearing cheap earrings this Christmas.

    Take care.
  5. by   muffie
    happy healthy healing to you
  6. by   prmenrs
    [font="comic sans ms"]i hope you feel better before christmas, marla!!!
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from prmenrs
    [font="comic sans ms"]i hope you feel better before christmas, marla!!!


    ~wiping spewed milk off the computer screen~

    i must be feeling better..........that cracked me up!

    thanks guys!
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Marla - I'm so sorry . . . . but you made me chuckle too.

    You seem susceptible to cellulitis . . . better stay away from cheap earrings.

    (There goes my idea for Christmas presents for you and Tweety).

  9. by   SmilingBluEyes

    thoughts with ya.
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yeah, not sure what's up with that, or why I get cellulitis so easily (nope, I'm not diabetic either). But now I'm gonna have to toss about 15 pairs of really cute Christmas earrings that just happen to be made of God knows what el-cheapo metal, and that makes me upset. They don't MAKE Christmas lights and bells in gold or silver........WAAAAAAAHH!!!!!!
  11. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Marla, you can get this plastic sheathes that slide over top of cheapo earring posts.
    Or- you can buy a set of sterling ear wires and use needle nose pliers to replace the cheapo ones.
  12. by   P_RN
    Go to a craft store and get some plastic clipons. They have them that have a place to hang your costume jewelry on. My sis has a terrible nickel allergy and this helped her.
  13. by   prmenrs
    Try these earrings: Christmas 2006

    p.s. I hope it doesn't hurt to smile, Marla. I didn't think of that when I found the Santa/plane image!
  14. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from prmenrs
    Try these earrings: Christmas 2006

    p.s. I hope it doesn't hurt to smile, Marla. I didn't think of that when I found the Santa/plane image!

    Well, the laughter was well worth the momentary discomfort

    And thanks for the suggestions, all. I swear, I don't know WHAT I'd do if this website weren't here...........I learn something new all the time.