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I got an infection in my little finger (seemingly out of nowhere, but my arthritis medicine does suppress the immune system) that started last Saturday and kept getting rapidly worse in spite of getting medical attention promptly. Went into urgent care the morning after I first noticed it and back to my GP a couple days later because it wasn't getting better. GP gave me stronger antibiotics and wanted to follow up in two weeks, but two days later started getting little abscesses on my pinky so I went to the ER and had an operation early this morning. I seem to be doing well now, but they took a lot of dead tissue out of my finger and there's a chance the infection could make a comeback if it is resistant to the antibiotics. They don't know what the bacteria is yet, but there is flesh eating bacteria in the ocean and a lot of other bodies of water, so take this stuff seriously guys. If you get an infection get it treated ASAP and if doesn't seem to be getting better be very proactive in getting it treated. Don't worry that you're wasting the doctor or ER's time, there's nasty stuff out there and things can go from bad to worse quick. I still have my pinky today only because I didn't get complacent or try to tough it out. I may have happened to me because I'd the medicine I was taking, but spend time in the water also puts fishermen at increased risk. Take care, and I think I'll be OK.

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Geez Bill

That is a sobering reminder of what can happen and how fast things can go south.  I hope everything turns out ok.

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Thanks for the well wishes guys. I should find out how my finger is doing pretty soon, the surgeon said he'd send the nurse with more powerful pain meds before he came to examine it (because he's going to repack the wounds with special antibiotics. There's a small chance I might need a second operation, but I don't expect to hear that I'm going to lose the finger given that I'm not on particularly strong painkillers and I don't feel much pain. The pain I had before I went in was the worst pain I've had in my life, but until I started having visible abscesses I don't think the non-specialist doctors took it that seriously. I knew something was really wrong before they did because it felt much worse than it looked. I have no idea how my finger will look when all is said and done (they removed a lot of necrotic tissue) but I can wiggle it around pretty well in the bandages so I don't think I've lost function. 

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scary crap

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Got to see my finger last night. I'm linking a to a photo on my Facebook page so that anyone who wants to see what I'm dealing with, but without subjecting those with weak stomachs to it. The surgeon tells me this looks good. =\

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=256529818191708&set=a.256529911525032.1073741829.100015040749778&type=3&theater

 

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13 hours ago, PFFlyer said:

Bill can you up date? be better 

 

I'm getting better for sure. The abscess in my finger was slightly smaller than a plain M&M yesterday morning (haven't seen it today); it was a couple inches long when the photo on my Facebook page was taken. The finger is still just as gnarly looking but, "chicks dig scars," right? :lol:

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On August 21, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Alan said:

Bill

You are one lucky man my friend.

Definitely, but part of that luck was persistence. It didn't look too bad at first, and the doctors didn't take it seriously (even though I was taking an immunosuppressant arthritis medicine), but I knew something was really wrong because this hurt a lot more than a minor infection (it was the most painful thing I've ever experienced, including a lot of other hand injuries; thankfully isolated to one finger) and because I've regularly see articles on bacteria doing some amazingly nasty things to fishermen in Texas (and other places across the US). I see maybe half a dozen articles on this happening to fishermen a year, and there are 10s to 100s of thousands of fishermen in Texas, so it's pretty rare but happens often enough to hear about it regularly. Even though I wasn't fishing when this happened to me, those stories stressed the importance of getting medical attention ASAP and being persistent because doctors rarely recognize that it's not a minor infection until some serious damage is done.

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thanks bill, hate to damage a good nose picker! and hell yea the chicks dig scars, get this one healed up. be well

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Apparently, I can't catch a break. We evacuated from our house this morning due to the probability that  the floodwaters will go over the top of the levee that protects our home. My finger is still healing fine I think.

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OK status update: I'm burned out on cell phones and the internet, but figure I owe it to you guys to give an update. This is the boring simple version that leave out all the danger and suspense, but I've got one good hand and typing. . . sucks. We're fine, but we are under mandatory evacuation. A few days ago, it seemed certain that the flood waters would top our levee based on estimates, but somebody else's levee failed and reduced the flow of the Brazos to levels above the rating of our levee, but below the top of it. Our home will probably be fine, but since the river hasn't hit it's peak we don't know for certain and can't go home. We sheltered for a day and a half at a nearby furniture store (you likely have heard of it and it's owner by now, I'm going to send him a nice photo print when this is over). George, our youngest (20 months), didn't do well at the store at night, too much light, noise, and open space (he also had fever and diarrhea). When we were getting checked out by medical staff, a hospital HR rep going around with the nurse offered to let us stay with her because we knew what a nightmare George would be the next night, so we took her up on the offer. That's where we are now, high and dry. We might move on to friends or family in the next day or two, as long as it's safe. In truth, I think we've made new friends here but I think moving around would be good for our sanity, the waiting and waiting will seem longer just staying in one place all the time.

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Glad to hear you're safe and wish you the best in this situation.  I understand it is considerably easier stating the following from the Northeast but one thing about events like this is they provide an opportunity for the inherent good in humans to catch the spotlight in the news - something which is not easy these days.  I am glad the owner of the furniture shop opened his doors - several have been mentioned in the news perhaps "Mattress Mac"?  - and that the nurse opened her home.   Stay safe and strong!

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Yes, it was Matress Mack. I grew up watching him leaping up and down (must've been a 4 feet high) with a fistful of dollars shouting, "Gallery Furniture, really will. . . SAVE. . . YOU. . . MONEY!" I never expected that Gallery Furniture would have potentially saved my life instead. Of course, my home is still here, but when I left water was rapidly coming up the street (due to something being open because they had been working on levee upgrades when the storm hit, apparently it required divers to fix), it was pretty hairy, but we made it out just in the nick of time. The water never made it up to my door, probably thanks to those divers, but we would've been trapped if we left even a few minutes later (everyone who made it out after had a big truck or was rescued). The levee was supposed to have been topped by the river, but only because another levee failed diverting some of the water; my home is only here now because others' homes are not. I am home now and we are safe but it's been thoroughly exhausting, especially since I am still recovering from surgery.

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Bill 

I am glad you and your family are home safe.  That is a shame about others losing their homes.  Count your blessings my friend and be well.

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