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!
Dec 1, '06
Hope you're all better soon, Marla!
Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Nov 19, '07