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Sometimes a bee sting is not just a bee sting... (Read 308 times)


Princess Cancer Pants

    Sometimes it can turn to cellulitis.  I was stung by a honey bee on my right shin while on my bike 3 days ago.  By yesterday I had a large area of red surrounding the bite, which I had assumed must be a large localized allergic reaction (pain is not severe, as most people report with cellulitis...but I didn't have severe pain when I had shingles, either, which tends to be pretty excruciating.  I'm a freak).  I posted a photo on FB today and a childhood friend -- who also happens to be an Army MD -- said he thought it looked like cellulitis.  A quick Google and I was off to the med center.

     

    Mark called it.  I'm now on 10 days of Septra DS 2x/day.  Again I'm thankful for the internet.  I had been planning to wait-and-see for at least another day before Mark threw something so horrifying into cyberspace.  All sorts of bad could come from this infection...sepsis, compartment syndrome, tissue necrosis.  Icky.

    '17 Goals:

    • Chemo

    • Chemo-Radiation

    • Surgery

    • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018

     

    She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

    ~ Unknown

    JML


      Wow. Glad to hear that you jumped on this to get it treated and I hope that you are now on the mend.  Thank you for sharing as I would have probably taken a 'wait and see' posture as well.

       201x goals: run a bunch....race some.....repeat...


      Princess Cancer Pants

        Yeah, I figured with my long history of respiratory allergies (and suspected shrimp--which makes me want to cry) that I had developed a bee allergy.  I was thinking I would just let it "run its course" and continue taking Benadryl and coating my shin in cortisone cream.

        '17 Goals:

        • Chemo

        • Chemo-Radiation

        • Surgery

        • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018

         

        She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

        ~ Unknown

          Yikes! My friend just had this two weeks ago but it looked completely different. She thought it was an ant bite and picked at it and then it got all disgusting. She had to have it drained and packed every day for a week. We assumed she had just been bitten by one of the poisonous centipedes they have out here. Sent me pictures that made me nearly spit out the food I had in my mouth at the time. Only after sending two of them did she say, "Oh I hope you weren't eating!" Blech. Dead

           

          Anyways, glad you got it checked out and hope that it starts feeling better soon!!


          Princess Cancer Pants

            Yeah, ha...I made the mistake of doing a Google Image search -- blech!!! Tight lips

            '17 Goals:

            • Chemo

            • Chemo-Radiation

            • Surgery

            • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018

             

            She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

            ~ Unknown

              Ho. Ly. Crap.

              For me, being of the male persuasion, seeking medical attention for anything short of death is an absolute last resort. But hard to imagine letting that one slide. Unless you just spilled an entire bottle of red wine on your leg, that thing just does not look normal.

               

              Funny about the bee sting; as you know I share your propensity for allergies and general respiratory ailments. A number of years ago I was home alone & out working in the yard, and got stung by a bee. I realized I had never been stung before, and thought hmm, I have no idea whether I'm allergic to this, I could just die here all by myself. Of course I was not, and I didn't, but that thing did hurt like a mofo for hours.

               

              And don't get me started on hornets.

              Dave


              Princess Cancer Pants

                Funny about the bee sting; as you know I share your propensity for allergies and general respiratory ailments. A number of years ago I was home alone & out working in the yard, and got stung by a bee. I realized I had never been stung before, and thought hmm, I have no idea whether I'm allergic to this, I could just die here all by myself. Of course I was not, and I didn't, but that thing did hurt like a mofo for hours.

                 

                And don't get me started on hornets.

                 

                Oh, I was really paranoid while riding, too.  I've had so few bee stings in my life and I know that allergy can come on pretty unexpectedly.  We were semi out in BFE, so an anaphylactic reaction would have been bad.  I actually called an allergist and made an appt. for testing next month.  I've been dragging my feet on that for years, but I really need to know exactly what my allergies are and go through immunotherapy so that maybe I can stop taking Zyrtec 365 days/year.  Maybe I can be done with asthma, too.  That would be nice.

                '17 Goals:

                • Chemo

                • Chemo-Radiation

                • Surgery

                • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018

                 

                She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

                ~ Unknown


                old woman w/hobby

                  That does look bad.  Glad that you got it diagnosed quickly.

                  steph  

                   

                  Just run.


                  12 Monkeys

                    Well...does not look like cellulitis to me...


                    Princess Cancer Pants

                      Trent, what would be your suspicion...?

                      '17 Goals:

                      • Chemo

                      • Chemo-Radiation

                      • Surgery

                      • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018

                       

                      She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

                      ~ Unknown

                        Maybe I can be done with asthma, too.  That would be nice.

                         

                        Good luck with that one, let me know how it goes.

                        Dave

                          Awesome start to "Blobs On Beautiful Legs" Tuesday.  Now off to Google images for a day that will either traumatize me or make me stronger. Thanks, Zoom-Zoom, you've made me stronger (I just screamed a little).

                           

                          (hope you heal quickly)Smile


                          Princess Cancer Pants

                            Eh, my legs were never "beautiful" by any stretch of the imagination...stocky, cankles, stretch marks, scarred from childhood dares and adult bike crashes.  "Interesting" and "lived-in" are probably more accurate descriptors. Tongue

                             

                            I'm already seeing improvement this AM.  Swelling is down, redness is slightly reduced, and no further spread from what the med center doc measured in the office.  I never had severe pain, but what sort of dull ache I did have is almost entirely gone.  I didn't even bother with Advil or Benadryl this AM.

                            '17 Goals:

                            • Chemo

                            • Chemo-Radiation

                            • Surgery

                            • Return to kicking my own ass by 2018

                             

                            She was not strong. She was valiant. Radiant. Brave and broken. The beauty she discovered in the aftermath was unparalleled to anything she had known before, because it had come at such a cost.

                            ~ Unknown

                            JML


                              Eh, my legs were never "beautiful" by any stretch of the imagination...stocky, cankles, stretch marks, scarred from childhood dares and adult bike crashes.  "Interesting" and "lived-in" are probably more accurate descriptors. Tongue

                               

                               

                              I refer to my collection of well aged scars and abrasions as 'the patina that life caused'.

                               201x goals: run a bunch....race some.....repeat...

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