WARNING: This post contains pictures which are (medically) graphic in nature. You have been warned!
We decided to chronicle Phil’s recovery process, but didn’t want to force the pictures on anyone, so facebook was out.
Early October, Phil felt a “knot” in his shin. He chalked it up to a new pair of boots he was breaking in.
On Nov. 8, Phil’s pain finally sent him to the doctor. Doc put him on Bactrim.
On Nov. 14, Phil went back to the doctor. Doc took a culture and put him on Clyndamycin.
On Nov. 16, Doc said it was even worse, sent him for an xray & blood work, gave him a shot of rocephin and called in an infectious disease doc.
On Nov. 17 – today – New Doc ordered an MRI and a PICC line. Phil will have the PICC implanted tomorrow (along with the MRI) and will be on vancomycin via an IV twice a day. If the infection has NOT spread to the bone, he will do this for 10-12 days. If the infection HAS spread to the bone, it will be 4-6 WEEKS.