July 7th (Sun) Ė Woke to
incredible throbbing pain at the sight of the wound. The overall size
was bigger than the palm of my hand. The necrotic center was growing.
Huge blisters. The site was very hot and hard. Excruciating pain!
Kept thinking what would the doctors do and I can wait until Monday to
see a doctor. Didnít take long for me to change my mind and be on my
way to Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital in Sauk City, WI.
Dr. Shultz saw me in the ER. I told him I
thought I had a tick bite. He told me tick bites donít cause
necrosis. Well, is it a BRS bite? Yes. Dr. Shultz had only seen 2
of these bites in his career. He made a point to call the Poison
Center for the latest treatment information. All I knew was I wasnít
going to let him cut into it. Everyone in the ER came in to take a
look at the wound.
Lab Work: CBC, Protime, Chemistry Panel,
Urinalysis, Swab for Subcutaneous Anthrax
Note: Anthrax was the only other possibility that could cause such
The Poison Center recommended antibiotics. Their
studies showed that cutting into the wound didnít do any good and
suggested Ďdo not touch itĒ.
Prescription: Cephalexin (antibiotic), Vicadin
(pain), and Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Lots of rest with the leg
elevated. Check in with my regular doctor on Tuesday.
The rest of the day I did nothing. I didnít have
an appetite. Medications were taken every 4 hours religiously.
Intense shooting pains when I stood up and tried to take a step.
Started using a cane to help walk.
Had night sweats. Temperature of 102.5