Just a quick update to let you know my leg hasn't fallen off. It is however, infected again. But not that oozing, smelly infection, just a normal itch-like-a-mofo infection. I am (still) on antibiotics and it is healing up slowly, but surely.
Because I love Wikipedia, I will share with you the type of cootie (bacteria) I have:
Enterococcus is a genus of lactic acid bacteria of the phylum Firmicutes. Members of this genus were classified as Group D Streptococcus until 1984 when genomic DNA analysis indicated that a separate genus classification would be appropriate.
Enterococci are Gram-positive cocci that often occur in pairs (diplococci) or short chains and are difficult to distinguish from Streptococci on physical characteristics alone. Two species are common commensal organisms in the intestines of humans: E. faecalis (90-95%) and E. faecium (5-10%). Enterococci are facultative anaerobic organisms, i.e., they do not require oxygen for metabolism, but can survive in oxygen-rich enviornments. They typically exhibit gamma-hemolysis on sheep's blood agar. There are rare clusters of infections with other species: E. casseliflavus, E. raffinosus.
Basically, what that is saying, is that I have strep throat with a side of butt in my leg. Now don't worry, I didn't like wash my leg in toilet water or anything. Nor is it from not washing my hands (I am a total hand washing freak, I cannot stand for my hands to be dirty, even after smoking a cigarette my habit is to wash my hands.) Enterococci are natural occuring organisms in the body. And sometimes, they get pissed off and try to eat your skin, as in my case.
The good news is that the medicine I am on will clear the infection right up, and I can be on the way to making new skin (or granulation, as we refer to it at Wound Care)
And now, what you all have been waiting on, I'm sure......
Burney: Day 66
You can see how much it has healed, on the top and bottom especially.The ookey white bit in the middle is dead tissue that popped back up (after this picture was taken, the nurse numbed it up and cut it off). May I just say, I especially love how you can see my tattoo in the background. Nice.