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Well HERE's a freaky story...

sugarplum Member Posts: 72
edited January 2023 in Stage III Breast Cancer

Last July our new puppy gifted me with a flea bite on my right hand (my right arm being devoid of 20 lymph nodes, mind you) which within days turned into cellulitis. A couple of days later, my fake right hip started hurting. Since artificial joints are magnets for infection, I of course immediately assumed the worst. 10 days on Doxycycline cleared me of all symptoms, but within a week the hip pain/stiffness returned and I spent the next 3 weeks trying to convince my medical community that it needed to be checked out. When I finally wangled a hip aspiration, the fluid revealed - you guessed it - staph. This necessitated immediate hip revision surgery followed by 6 weeks of oral and IV antibiotics, to be followed by another oral antibiotic FOR LIFE. I breezed through the surgery but the antibiotics ravaged my digestive system. My poor husband had to administer my IV on a brutal schedule of 6 am, 2 pm and 10 pm daily (we tried to think of it as a bonding experience, but were not quite convinced!)

Now I'm gulping 6 Keflex antibiotic pills a day - totaling 3000 mg - in addition to my 4 pills for heart failure from chemo, and my Arimidex to suppress estrogen. It just goes to show that life can take a turn at any moment - who'd have thought that 16 years after a IIIC diagnosis it would be a little flea that would take me down again???

You just can't make this stuff up...Julie


  • gailmary
    gailmary Member Posts: 437

    Thats nuts, Julie. Stop the world, I wanto get off. You want to come with me.?

  • lw422
    lw422 Member Posts: 1,404

    Wow, Julie... what a story! Thank goodness the medical team listened to you and checked things out. Best wishes for an easy and fast recovery.

  • newnorm
    newnorm Member Posts: 54

    Oh Julie, how stressful for you (and your husband). You’re right, you couldn’t make that up if you tried! Take care of yourself.

  • lkc
    lkc Member Posts: 182

    hi Julie

    Sorry to hear all of this but very happy that it wasn’t the beast revisiting you!

    Healing hugs!

  • cyathea
    cyathea Member Posts: 334

    sugarplum, that is a shocking story! You’re being put through the wringer from a flea! Wishing you strength to handle this difficult recovery! ((Hugs)