5-22-10. This is about 30 hours after and this is when it was decided to visit the ER.
5-22-10. The ER doctor (who looked like Clark Kent) suspected a jellyfish sting since it was first noticed after getting out of the ocean. Bactrim (Sulfameth/Trimethoprim 800/160) was prescribed in case there was some staph infection involvement or to prevent it. Augmentin (Amox-Clav 875 mg) also prescribed as a broad spectrum antibiotic because the source of the problem was not really known. Diagnosis – Cellulitis. Follow up with PP. (The tiny blue line around the periphery is where we drew a circle with a pen to track enlargement or reduction)
5-25-10. Morning of day 4 or about 66 hours after noticing the “stinging” sensation. A visit to the primary physician brought this comment from the doctor “Oh my! I can’t do nothing with that”. He prescribed Doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg which covers tick bites and spider bites. He could not decide whether or not to stop the Augmentin; finally decided to continue it. He tried to find a surgeon to refer me to because it needed to be debrided. No luck. Was advised to go to Duke ER the next morning to find a surgeon to look at the bite. This picture was taken at the ER (hour 80). The PA I saw said that the current thought process was not to debride but to let it heal naturally with the help of the Doxycycline [well, maybe this is "study notes" after all, I should forward this link to my PP]. Augmentin was stopped.
5-26-10. The blisters finally burst. (The dark streaks to the left are adhesive from tape used to keep it covered).
5-29-10; after leaving it uncovered all night…. think I should cover it back up.
6-3-10 scab peeling off, new pink skin beneath!
6-21-10 Day 30