Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I had complete knee replacement two years ago. One thing that stands out in my mind from that experience, was the repeated advice re: NOT GETTING AN INFECTION after the surgery, because the infection could travel right to the knee. I even have to take 4 huge antiobiotics an hour before I get my teeth cleaned!!!
Yesterday I was getting ready to meet friends, when I discovered a bump on the back of THAT KNEE. When I checked it out, I discovered that a tick had burrowed in and all I could manage to remove were his 2 back legs. It was red and it hurt!!! I called the nurse at the knee surgeon's office and she said to get to my primary Dr. immediately. I went right to her office because I wanted them to see how scared I was in person!!! That way, maybe, they wouldn't put me off. My Dr. was on vacation!!! Luckily, a Physician's Assistant over-heard my plea and told the office staff that he would fit me in. I think he saw the terror in my eyes and didn't want to mess with a crazy woman!!!
He froze the area and cut it open to see if he could find the rest of the tick. He only found 1 leg and said that it probably dropped out when I was in the shower. He cleaned it all out and told me to put hot compresses on it and watch it for any development of infection.
What relief..........and I even made it to the movie on time and was able to relax and enjoy it.
If you live in an area highly populated with ticks.........check your body carefully.......even behind your knees!!!!!