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03 May 2009

NSFTWS (that is, not safe for the weak-stomached) photo

i hate to do this, but i have to. i like to keep you guys updated with what's going on in my life, but when it comes to cases like this, TheMom freaks out, so i hate to do it, but i have fans to appease. i apologize in advance as the swelling and the wrap are impeding my impeccable typing skillz.

ok, so in india, i was the host to a lovely brood of bot fly larvae (my india post). they are usually introduced into humans via infected mosquitos that accidentally lay the eggs in the bite the give you. i fear, that i may have another bot fly infection here or something equally as gross and painful. i received a mosquito bite on my right hand about a week ago; actually, i caught the mosquito red-handed and killed it but too late. it seemed like a normal bite until 3-4 days ago when it started to swell a bit more than usual and started getting hotter. the night before last, i was in agony and didn't sleep a bit, so i came to work yesterday and asked the safety guy onsite where i could find a doctor to look at it. he suggested the site doctor first. so yesterday, i went to the site doctor, he looked at it and REFUSED to believe it was a mosquito, despite my insistence that i killed the fukker as it was biting me. he thinks it was a bee, but i would definitely feel that. he squeezed it a bit, some nastiness came out, then he decided he must cut. this sucked and hurt and bled and pussed, A LOT. he then stuffed it with iodine soaked gauze bringing tears to my eyes, wrapped it up, gave me a script for an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic (hand-written on a piece of lined notebook paper with "Rx" handwritten at the top), and sent me on my way.

i worked a half day yesterday as my hand was throbbing, and i wanted to get those drugs. i got back to the hotel where there is a pharmacy, and the internet is out in the neighborhood, so that means no ATMs are working. i only had LE100 (~$20) on me, so i prayed that was enough. i got 20 of the anti-inflammatories and 8 of the antibiotics for LE29 (about $6). gotta love cheap drugs, and thanks to them, i slept well last night, but my hand wasn't feeling any better today. when i got to work today, i went for a checkup and re-dressing. this REALLY sucked. he took off the dressing, and i had TheDriver take a photo, which will be below (stop at the pretty blue line if you don't want to see it). it was still swollen but a bit deflated. he squeezed and great-mother-of-goo=d, i thought i was going to pass out. it hurt like a MOFO, and the shite that came out of it was worthy of a "best special effects" oscar. he squeezed and squeezed and squeezed until he got out what he could. i noticed TheDriver not looking too hot. TheDoctor and TheDriver were both initially worried about me passing out from the pain, so they wanted me to lay down, when it ended up, TheDriver had to take a seat and eventually had to step out. TheDoctor then took a massive syringe (no needle) full of hydrogen peroxide, jammed it into my wound, and made me wish i was dead. peroxide bubbling away infection INSIDE YOU really isn't a pleasant feeling. i'm guessing it has to be along the line of meth mites... something that no one should feel. a friend of mine once had elbow surgery, and they had to place a drainage line in his arm. i'm guessing this was similar to the experience he described when they pulled it out... of having something moving under your skin that your brain KNOWS shouldn't be. it was pretty nasty. after a thorough peroxide catharsis, he, again, re-stuffed my wound with iodine-soaked gauze (yup, still hurts like a bitch), wrapped me up, and suggested that if it doesn't look better tomorrow, he's going to recommend seeing a surgeon specialist. amputation, here i come! (i'm kidding TheMom, that was for you). still, i'm glad he's not so macho that he'd continue to try to fix something that he might not be able to. he knows there are some veins in the hand there that would require a specialist's knowledge of their location (as my hand's so swollen you can't see any veins anymore). also, a surgeon might have some local anesthetic which would be a joy right now. i feel my heartbeat in all my fingers on my right hand while i'm typing this.

so rest-assured, i'm OK, just in pain, and hoping that there aren't any bot flies in there, because since this doctor had never heard of them, i doubt he's looking for them; BUT since i have a history with them, i know what to look for if we open it up. i must be DAMN sweet to get these lovely bugs to want to grow their youngins inside of me. and now, the pic... TheDriver isn't a great photog because, and i'm sorry, it actually looked worse than this, but the flash drowns out the infection-red. don't pray for me, send antibiotics and "OFF" bug spray and kill ANY mosquito or fly you see. it's for the greater good.

post-op day 1

post-op day 2

post-op day 3 (infection seems to be gone, maybe doesn't look better, but it is getting better!)

post-op day 9 (starting to close up, my wolverine regeneration is taking over!)

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Blogger themom said...

NO, DON'T CALL OR TEXT, TO WARN ME FIRST!!!! Yes, I'm yelling at you. I want immediate updates. Curse you bot flies! Please check into a qualified doctor - please.

9:27 AM, May 03, 2009  
Blogger adhyapaka said...

I second the motion...Jee.sus. H. Cee.rist, Zachary.

10:26 AM, May 03, 2009  
Blogger Christy said...

damn... you know how to get the ladies! lol doctor visit sounds like a brilliant idea

7:53 AM, May 04, 2009  
Anonymous thedaughter2 said...

You don't seem to be 2 worried about this.....please do as themom ya brother....

10:00 AM, May 04, 2009  
Blogger Nan said...

Shouldn't a possible bot fly infection be treated with an anti-helminth infection drug, something that kills worms, rather than antibiotics that target germs?

12:10 PM, May 04, 2009  
Blogger slyght said...

well, the way i see it and the way the doctor in india saw it during my CONFIRMED case of bot flies, you don't want the larvae to die in your skin and fester. that can lead to a worse infection if your body starts to absorb the dead bodies, and if THEY have any parasites, there's a chance i could then be infected by THOSE. the best case seems to be either to let let them mature and come out on their own (oh HELL no!), or dig them out.

the irritation, though it looks like an infection is actually more of an irritation due to the bodies/exoskeletons growing under your skin. still since it comes from a mosquito bite, there IS a pathway for germs to enter which could cause a concurrent infection.

we've not found any foreign bodies during the excising, but they may have been so small enough to be "lost" in the stuff that came out. you never know. it is looking better. will post more pix later, for those curious.

12:21 PM, May 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude. Verified case of swine flu. Shit man, it was nice knowing ya. ;-)

7:37 PM, May 04, 2009  
Blogger themom said...

I'm so glad you have a true friend like WAYNE!!! LMAO!

8:55 AM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger themom said...

So tell me the whole story...did the doctor excise more, or did you do it with your swiss army knife and a cold beer?

10:56 AM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger J Ho said...

Remind me not to shake your hand next time I see you.

4:35 PM, May 05, 2009  
Blogger swedish chef dave said...


always where you underpants when in the apartment as you would never want a case of mosquito bite infection on your ass or your d*ck

man your really are the bad luck dropsy meister

keep smiling your the champ

Dave away in Pamplona, working in the mountains just amazing scenery

2:11 PM, May 07, 2009  

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