Well it's good to be home and what a beautiful day to boot! Besides a pounding headache, I feel good.
I thought since one of my goals is to educate I should post some information regarding Cellulitis. Since ANYONE can get it you should become aware of it's symptoms. Since I have Lymphedema, contracting Cellulitis in the same location is just a million times more dangerous and I am super susceptible to Cellulitis because of the Lymphedema.
I got this info from www.wisegeek.com
I just found this site and it's very informative. Here is just a little of what I found on this topic.
"Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection
characterized by redness, swelling, and a feeling of heat or tenderness around the affected area. It is a condition that needs prompt medical attention. Failure to treat cellulitis can result in more serious and sometimes life-threatening infections
of the blood, lymph nodes, heart and skin cells.
Cellulitis most commonly occurs when a cut in the skin is not cleaned properly. The cut can be minor, such as a scrape, or major, like a surgical incision. Bacteria, often found on normal skin cells, can then invade the lower layers of the skin and infect the subcutaneous (lowest) layer of the skin. Common bacteria that cause disease are streptococcus (strep) and staphylococcus (staph
Since cellulitis spreads quickly and can lead to more serious infections, it is important to see a doctor if you suspect you have contracted it. Along with the symptoms listed above, cellulitis may also cause fever, chills and swollen glands. One may also observe red streaks around the affected area. A doctor can properly diagnose the condition and prescribe oral antibiotics
like Keflex (cephalexin), usually taken for 10-14 days. The doctor will most likely want to recheck the area to be sure the symptoms are resolving.
Untreated, cellulitis can cause multiple and very serious complications. Strep cells released into the bloodstream can result in cardiac impairment, as they grow tissue in the heart muscle, a condition known as bacterial endocarditis
. Infections of the lymph nodes may need to be drained. Most seriously, gangrene
and flesh-eating bacteria can develop, necessitating amputation and sometimes leading to death. At the very least, untreated cellulitis will probably result in a hospital stay and intravenous antibiotics to waylay more serious infections."
How serious this was is just hitting me. I could of had my arm amputated or even worse, died! I think I'll process this later. Right now I am going to take this kids and the dog to the park and enjoy this day.
Love and light,