You'll recall I mentioned the other day having developed a big blood-filled abscess on my leg. I've been on some hyper-dosage of Bactrim to deal with the infection, and I don't mind telling you, it's whupped my butt! There are two sizes of Bactrim pill, one 400/80mg and the other 800/160mg. They've got me on four of the latter, double strength size every day, two morning and two evening. My gut flora really, really don't like that! I may ask today whether there's an alternative medication; or, alternatively, ask for something to ease the impact on my body of the first medication. *Sigh*
I go into the clinic this afternoon to get the abscess opened, drained and packed. They're not wasting any time about it; apparently large abscesses like this need fairly urgent treatment. Unfortunately, it's also close to the major blood vessels in the inner thigh, so a big part of today's treatment will be for them to make very sure that they're not poking too close to the femoral artery or vein. That would not be good. If it looks too tricky, they'll run me over to the local hospital and finish the job under general anesthetic, with a vascular surgeon on hand. However, they don't expect it to be that complicated. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
Blog posts may be later than usual tomorrow morning, depending on how easy it is for me to move and work at the computer. Please forgive any delay.
EDITED TO ADD: My physician was horrified to learn I'd been put on so high a dose of Bactrim, and immediately told me to halve it. She's also put me on probiotics, and prescribed something called Zofran that apparently makes heavy doses of antibiotics easier on the stomach. She cut open the abscess and drained it, but says that its size and location make it unwise to pack it. Instead, I have to wash it under the shower, very carefully, twice a day, and make sure the area stays as dry as possible. (Let's hear it for cornstarch powder! However, I must use it around, rather than on, the incision area, to prevent further granulation of the wound.) I'll see her again late next week to follow up.
Thanks to everyone for their prayers and suggestions.