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My Poor Baby

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Okay so its been a while since I've blogged because this month has been stressful and I didn't want to complain. A lot of things out of my control have been going on but this weekend is the worse. My daughter had a swollen red area on her upper arm and I kept telling her to go to the doctor. She's 19 and thinks that she is fine no matter what and unfortunately I can't make her do anything anymore. But as the week has gone on the area has gotten larger and was warm to the touch, she couldn't move it and was in a lot of pain. I finally convinced her to go to the doctor. So yesterday evening she went in figuring they'd give her some antibiotics and send her on her way. Well it was worse than either of us knew and they immediately admitted her to the hospital for IV antibiotics. She ended up having a Staph Infection and its pretty bad but thankfully hasn't moved to her blood or bones. So we figured a couple days since they said at least 48 hours of IV meds but then today her arm has gotten worse and they have decided surgery is needed. Again we underestimated the seriousness of the situation and hung out watching TV and complaining about being hungry until the surgeon came in to look at her and see if he needed to do the surgery right away. He was concerned which is never a good sign. The infection is getting bigger and is causing her a lot of pain and difficulty moving. The surgeon said she needed surgery tonight and as soon as possible. Basically he has to cut out a chunk of her arm and then wash out all the infection and then leave the wound open and let it heal from the inside out. She's going to have a lot of scarring and take a long time to heal and will need to spend days in the hospital. The alternative....lose her arm or maybe her life. This is serious and I'm so worried about her and little upset that she didn't listen to me and go to the doctor sooner. I hate leaving her there. I hate the idea of my baby being cut open. I hate all of this and I'm so worried about her and all I can do is help care for my granddaughter and let her keep my laptop there with her to try and comfort her. I've also got to try and care for myself and my two sons without falling apart with worry about my daughter. I'm the opposite of an emotional eater and when upset I just don't eat at all. I hate all this that I can't control or even influence a little. I hate that I can't be there for my daughter and can't make her feel better or take away her fear. Anyway I'm very worried even though I know she'll be okay. It's bad and she unfortunately waited long enough to need surgery but as it stands now she won't lose her arm or her life and that is what matters. She will heal and hopefully learn a valuable lesson about caring for her health. Ugh I feel like going back the hospital but I promised to care for her baby since she can't when all I really want is to care for mine. Well anyway I know you all were asking about what was going on and really I needed to talk about it a bit. I guess I should get some dinner now.
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    How is your daughter now? I had a spot on my leg before like this but fortunately caught it before it went this far. I probably would have let it go, too, except my sister is a nurse and scared the daylights out of me so I went in to get it treated. I hope all is okay now with your daughter!
    2790 days ago
    My brother had that happen to him in 2004...when flesh eating strep was making it's rounds. He almost died if it wasn't for his wife that took him to the hospital and he spiked a huge fever. He said he saw a bright light too. I asked if it was cool (I had an out of body experience once that was cool to me) He said no, it scared the daylights out of him.

    he recovered, thankfully, did not lose the arm.

    poor baby is right. speedy recovery wishes!
    2794 days ago
    Glad that she is going to be alright. Sorry that she had to go through this, but hopefully she does learn from it.
    2794 days ago
  • KTMAE2006
    I am praying for her and your family.
    2795 days ago
  • MAGGIE805
    I am so sorry. Sending (((positive and healing))) thoughts your way. emoticon
    2795 days ago
    Sorry to hear all of this. Thankfully she will be alright.
    2795 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear this. Sending healing energy your way.
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    2795 days ago
  • BUGSMOM211
    emoticon about the bad news in regards to your daughter. Just know that we are all thinking of you...Be Strong!

    2795 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope the surgery takes care of it and she heals quickly. emoticon
    2795 days ago
    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. My thoughts are with all of you. Just keep your chins up and take care of yourself.

    2795 days ago
    My thoughts and prayers.
    2795 days ago
    So sorry to hear this. You have done the right thing, taking her to the hospital and getting her the help. A coworkers husband had this and he has healed beautifully. She will be fine. This is hard to go through, but she will be fine. You take are.
    2795 days ago
    I can't offer much other than prayers and thoughts for you and your daughter. emoticon
    2795 days ago
    OMG I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter!!! They r our babies no matter how old they r and if they have babies themselves...
    I hope all goes well and god will give watch over her! You and your family r in my prayers!
    God Bless! emoticon
    2795 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. I can only imagine how you mist be feeling. Remember to take care of yourself during this time as well. I am sending positive vibes and prayers that she will have a speedy recovery. emoticon
    2795 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/26/2011 11:10:52 PM
    I am so sorry to hear this! My grandmother had this happen, she is a stubborn old woman! She had a little spot on her leg and then it got so bad that it took up most of her shin, my mother finally convinced her to go in when she just happened to see it, my grandma had been hiding it for some time! She had to have surgery right away and is still recovering after a year. She has had to have a few skin grafts to try and cover up the area. I know this sounds like bad news but as long as she takes care of it and has you there for support and encourgement she will be alright!
    2796 days ago
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