Tuesday, March 15, 2011

CELLULITIS

I KNOW you were all eagerly awaiting the next hospital visit in this family.  I feel like a weekly drama on television.  This (early) morning didn't disappoint.  Steve came in to my bedroom at 5:30am to have family prayer before heading off to seminary with Kayla.  All the children gathered on my bed and due to a poor nights rest, I painfully climbed out of the covers to kneel with my family.  After we say our goodbyes each morning, Kaleb always climbs back in bed with me.  (my bed is 'way more comfortable' he tells me)  This particular morning he gets all comfy and then reaches his arm out and tells me to feel his elbow.  He tells me that it's been bothering him all night, especially if he rubs it against anything.  I give it a good feel, didn't think much of it and turned over to get about 30 more minutes of rest before getting the second crew out the door.  When I finally did wake him for the day I told him to let me get a good look at it...because he was still complaining.  That's when I noticed the size and redness of the area.  I sent him to school knowing it was cellulitis, but wanted to see what the nurse thought.  Thirty minutes into school she calls me and agrees he needs to be seen, so off we go to the ER.  
(normal elbow on the left...infected elbow on the right)
Two hours and one impatient 'patient' later we walk out of there with two antibiotics and the orders to rest his arm.  (that means no sports)  We'll see how long THAT lasts.  
Stay tuned for the next edition of (as my sister-n-law so lovingly refers to us) "House of Pain".
Over and out.

16 comments:

ellen said...

You deserve big hospital discounts. After 9 visits get 1 free? Coupons for band-aids? Free parking?

Smilin' sunshine said...

Good grief....thank heavens for insurance!

Do they know you by name when you walk in the door?

Cindi said...

My poor friend, Kaleb. You should at least have your own parking spot reserved at all times....man....what caused this?

LL said...

was he the impatient patient or was it YOU?
Things to do at home.....

The Kings said...

seriously!!! Enough of the dramas!! You guys need a break from them :) Hope it heals fast.

April said...

No. More. Hospital. please....

Jenny said...

Make your own frequent visitor punch card, or insist that they name a room after you.

Houlie said...

I hope you've gotten some stock options from the hospital....Hope he's feeling better

Nettie's Blog said...

Ouch ...poor Dude...that does look painful ...i have a friend who gets it in her leg .... she has periods in hospital as hers gets really bad because she used to not rest and work through it...so rest rest and more rest and then it will go away... (Dr Clark from Australia signing out)

Rachael said...

I hope it feels better soon Bub!

Jo Jo said...

Okay that looks a lot worse than what I thought! That little dark outline is weird.

Amy said...

Oh my.... I dare you all to go one day with visitng a doctor!!!!!! LOL

Alana said...

Ouch, that doesn't look fun. Isn't that the same thing Aaron had? Did some evil fairy play a mean trick on your family? Hope he's feeling better

shirlgirl said...

Did the doctor outline the area? Did he bang it or have a small scratch that caused the infection? Poor Kaleb--hope you feel better, Bub.

Christy said...

Maybe you could just become a pharmacutical rep..peddle some goods during your personal visits with the docs...then you would at least get paid for all this :)
hope he feels better soon! NOT FUN!
And hope your house of pain graduates into a new season!

Becky said...

I drew on his cellulitis to keep track of the redness. As of last night it was past the marked area but seemed a little less red this morning after having been on antibiotics for 18 hours. Saw him briefly this afternoon and it's still quite swollen.