DARLEEN HAS ANOTHER INFECTION IN HER ARM
Remember in April when Darleen (in Arizona) returned from a trip to CA she'd developed an infection in her arm, which moved rapidly into her bloodstream? She was hospitalized for 4 days at the time. (Her veins made the nurses crazy and they had to call in their specialized Vein Swat Team to manage her IVs. She says it's a bad sign when you get to know the Swat Team by their first names!)
The arm never did get back into control, and lately her hand would turn red when lowered and get better when she raised it. Her PCP sent her with a STAT referral to a vascular surgeon, and she had her appointment yesterday.
Except when she awoke yesterday her forearm had a rash all over it. And while waiting for the v.s. she started to get chills. So when she finally got in she showed her arm to the specialist, who looked at it and said, "Why aren't you wearing your sleeve and glove?" She explained they didn't fit her now that it was so swollen. "Then get fitted for new ones," he says. She explained that she'd been seeing a therapist, wrapping, massaging -- and he told her to quit all that because it "doesn't work for LE." The ONLY thing she should do for LE is wear a sleeve and glove. He's had a total of 4 patients with LE in his career, and all of them wore gloves and sleeves for awhile and it went away. (This is the vascular surgeon, mind you.) In the end, he told her to go see her breast surgeon about the LE, because "she's the one who caused it."
(Do I hear any nominations out there for "Muddleheaded Med Professional of the Year"?!)
She got a prescription from her PCP for Augmentin, is in close touch with her therapist, and has a bag packed and ready for an ER run should it be necessary. So prayers, words of encouragement, and commisseration would all be appreciated.
She's still reading here, but obviously can't type at the moment.
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