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Dawn
13-04-2009, 03:04 PM
My brother Steve is a carpenter. Last Monday he cut his knee. It got a bit sore but he left it. He's male, they don't like to make a fuss. On Friday his knee ballooned with infection. He couldn't get upstairs because of the pain. On Saturday Lisa offered to take him to the saturday surgery at their doctors. He said no it will be alright till Tuesday when normal surgeries open again. He turns up at my parents yesterday for Steven's party looking grey in colour and hardly able to walk. My dad took him to the local walk-in centre where they looked at him and told him to go to the nearest A & E. Dad drives him another 20 miles and drops him off. Two hours later we get a phone call - he's been admitted to the assessment ward for observation. Today he is still in there hooked up to intravenous anti-biotics awaiting a scan to see if the infection has penetrated any bone. He has to stay in at least one more night too and they are threatening to cut open his knee to drain it.

The moral of the story??

1 - if you cut it, clean it!!!

2 - if it starts to look wrong - go to the doctor now, not next week.


PS - I'll be uploading photos of the day later. There are no photos of Uncle Steve. :slap:

josh.p.
13-04-2009, 03:06 PM
oh dear :( Hope he is better soon (Although not so soon that he doesn't learn his lesson!)

Britchick
13-04-2009, 03:08 PM
gee wizz!! shame about no pics of it- i like to look at wound pictures! :unsure:

Rosie0610
13-04-2009, 03:11 PM
That's horrible Dawn! Thanks for teaching us a lesson :) I hope it's not in the bone and your brother is feeling better quickly!

josh.p.
13-04-2009, 03:12 PM
gee wizz!! shame about no pics of it- i like to look at wound pictures! :unsure:
Google images is your friend :yes:

Britchick
13-04-2009, 03:14 PM
Google images is your friend :yes:

:lol:

Mari
13-04-2009, 03:19 PM
wow... bone infection is quite serious, I sincerely hope it didnt reach the bone...

men..... I will just never get them.. hahaha... Toņo broke his nose 2 years ago.... it was purple and had a lump in the center... he decided it wasnt broken...

so... 2 years later... he CANT BREATHE properly... and now to fix it he will need surgery.... which he wont do... hahaha... I just dont get it....

Tink
13-04-2009, 03:31 PM
Oh for heaven's sake! :cry2:

Anyone mentioning tetanus? :(

Dawn
13-04-2009, 03:40 PM
Well actually he had a tetanus a couple of months ago when he impailed a nail in the same knee.

:thud:

Tink
13-04-2009, 03:42 PM
At least he's covered for that. Let's hope the mxs work and he's not in for a miserable course. :sigh:

I am not going to say much about his delaying though. I am the worst when it comes to putting off medical care. :( We won't even talk about dental, ok? :sorry: :spring:

Britchick
13-04-2009, 03:45 PM
Anyone mentioning tetanus? :(

hope not :thud:

Isafari
13-04-2009, 03:59 PM
Hope he gets well soon, that was quite scarey :unsure:

Looking forward to the photos :yes:

uscwest
13-04-2009, 04:10 PM
Wow, that sounds scary Dawn. Hope he is OK. :hug2:

foreverducky
13-04-2009, 05:12 PM
Keeping fingers crossed for a speedy recovery! Not pretty I'm sure.

I am bad about going to the docs too, so I will also keep my mouth shut. :D

mumof2
13-04-2009, 05:17 PM
eww, that sounds horrible - i hope it gets better soon.

Dawn
14-04-2009, 04:15 PM
Bit of an update.

Infection has not reached the bone and the lab has confirmed it's a severe case of cellulitis. Still needs to stay in for a while but he's a lot brighter today.

Britchick
14-04-2009, 04:35 PM
phew

Isafari
14-04-2009, 04:36 PM
well, that's 'sort of' good news....it could have been a lot worse! Dawn, do you think this hospital stay may have been avoided altogether if he'd gone to the docs when it happened?

Dawn
14-04-2009, 04:54 PM
Almost certainly. Cellulitis is routinely treated with oral anti-biotics from your gp.

One lesson learned I think.

Disneybumble
14-04-2009, 05:26 PM
Men and " Oh l'll be fine". Glad to hear it's good news Dawn.

Mari
14-04-2009, 05:29 PM
great news!

so glad its nothing more serious

Kate
14-04-2009, 06:52 PM
Good grief - men eh?!
Im so glad it wasnt anything too serious - lets hope he's learned alot from this!!

lisaw
14-04-2009, 07:41 PM
Thank goodness it wasn't more serious!

Tink
15-04-2009, 08:03 AM
Just reading this update. Cellulitis is no picnic, but no infection in the bone is the best news. I hope he recovers fast, poor guy. :( :pdust: :pdust:

josh.p.
15-04-2009, 12:54 PM
My grandad had cellulitis- He ended up with maggots or leeches on his feet! Fingers crossed for a fast recovery with no leeches involved!

Jax1970
15-04-2009, 01:07 PM
Good news that there is no infection in the bone - wishing a speedy recovery and a lesson well and truly learned!

BevW
15-04-2009, 07:07 PM
OMG...been there done that..but it was my finger, and it WAS cleaned by the lady that worked where I worked. Next morning I woke up and my finger was swollen to triple it's normal size and there were red streaks working its way up my arm!
SOOOO brother dear...clean those wounds QUICK QUICK QUICK.
Dawn, you're right..he's a guy.
:lol:

Dawn
18-04-2009, 04:12 PM
Update:

He's still in hospital. The infection is receding but his knee is still rock hard. The doctor expects Steve to be in hospital for another week.

Claire
18-04-2009, 04:24 PM
Update:

He's still in hospital. The infection is receding but his knee is still rock hard. The doctor expects Steve to be in hospital for another week.

Yikes! I'll bet he's going stir crazy in there by now.

Isafari
18-04-2009, 04:31 PM
He's certainly paying the price :sorry: Another week in hospital is no joke.

Dawn
18-04-2009, 04:40 PM
Oh and he says that a young woman was admitted in the week with severe cellulitis - from shaving her legs.

Be warned. :eek:

Britchick
18-04-2009, 06:22 PM
gosh, they don't keep em in for nothing now!



so are you advocating hairy legs then Dawn :unsure: not sure i'm ready for the european look yet :tongue:

Tink
18-04-2009, 10:16 PM
Hairy legs. :yes: Cooool. :yes: :D

Another week? Wow. That is pretty scary. Rock hard knee? Is that still infection then? :unsure:

Hey, if someone has cellulitis because of shaving, can't hammer poor Steven too bad for his cut. :(

foreverducky
19-04-2009, 01:12 AM
Okay, so this whole hairy leg thing could happen if we (as in the women) all stuck together. But if that one woman sneeks out and shaves then we'll have to go back. I'm all for it. :yes:

Anytime spent in the hospital is no fun!