Can't go into the ER?
Seconded. My "pretend it's fine" plan is already not working, since I know damn well that pus means it's infected. I'm practically frothing with frustration here.
Nothing I can do till I call them in the morning when they open again, though.
They gave me a couple days of antibiotics When i had the surgery but apparently that didn't prevent this.
Rrgh. I'm gonna go rant at my microbiologist friend who used to work in a vet clinic. I know she's no doctor but she agrees that it's ridiculous that I'm having any trouble at this stage. Wait till I tell her this.
Last edited by Jenny; 05-11-2011 at 05:16 PM.
I called their emergency line and they're paging one of the (other) docs. I should get a call back in a few minutes.
I've been to the ER about this a few .. Phone now
"Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."
To continue that thought -- I've been to the ER about this a few times already when it was bleeding before. All they ever do is hit it with antiseptic, tape on a wad of gauze, and say "go back to the doctor tomorrow".
So, she just called back. She doesn't think there's much point in going to the ER unless I'm feverish or it's gushing. Said to call in the morning to see that same doc again since he can visually compare it with how it looked today.
She forewarned me that if it is infected they may need to open it up again and just LEAVE it open to drain and heal from the inside.
So I said, well, if there's significant pus then it's obviously infected right? And of course she said "I haven't seen it but typically, yeah."
So. Yeah. I'm feeling soooo optimistic and upbeat right now.
Yeah, basically the ER does patch-job triage. They stop your bleeding without actually stitching anything if they can avoid it, confirm you probably won't die in the next 24 hours, and then pass the case back to your regular doctor.
Even with an infection they wouldn't likely give antibiotics unless I had systemic issues (fever).
So what do your ERs do? Actual doctoring?