This guest is called Cellulitis. It is an infection, which left untreated, can turn septic in your system and turn very serious very quickly. My husband's father was hospitalized for a week with it years ago. Thankfully, each time I have had it I've gotten to the Dr. right away and was put on antibiotics and didn't need to be hospitalized. However, I have used more vacation days for this infection than I would care to.
I have had circulation problems in my legs/ankles for as long as I can remember and about 3 years ago I was finally diagnosed with Venous Insufficiency, you can click on the previous link to read a blog I wrote about it in 2009. Here is an article that explains Venous Insufficiency and below is a diagram that compares normal veins in the lower legs to abnormal veins in the lower legs:
I am thankful my Dr. is taking this seriously. She said the first two times someone has cellulitis, they chalk it up to being a "fluke thing", but because I have had it 3 times in 7 months, there is something else going on. First she is going to have me fast for 12 hours and get my blood drawn. If everything is normal, she is then going to refer me to a Vascular Surgeon.
It has been very hard for me to sit still, harder as I'm starting to feel a bit better, because I am the "Team Captain" for a Walking Challenge. I was consistently getting a high number of steps a day, and now this is really setting me back. However, it's better than the alternative of ending up in the hospital!
I am very blessed to have an amazing husband who called off work yesterday to take care of me and make sure I was following the Dr.'s orders! :) Things like being sick were so much harder without someone around to help. I also have awesome friends and family who have texted, called, stopped over to visit, shown me FB love and offered to help. God is good and I am so thankful that the antibiotics have worked pretty quickly each time, and saved me a stay or three in the hospital! The Dr. said I can go back to work on Monday, so at least I will only have to use 2 vacation days this time around. She also said I can resume my walking on Monday! Yay! :) I hope I'm feeling up to it.
Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers as we continue to get to the bottom of this!