Sunday, September 7, 2008

Flesh Eating Bacteria Strikes Again!

Over the summer my Dad contracted a case of cellulitis. If you do not care to read the oh-so-scholarly wikipedia article I have provided as a link, know that it is an infection of the deep subcutaneous tissue of the skin caused by an invading bacteria. This is a condition that is treated quite seriously as if it goes untreated it can turn into Flesh Eating Bacteria! After several trips to the doctor, and the emergency room, I am pleased to report that my Dad recovered 100%.

Fast forward to last week, which was the first week of school for the kids. 'A' got a nasty looking spider bite behind her ear. Gradually, it began to bother her and after a few days her complaints of discomfort increased and the bite became raised, lumpy, (and pretty gross) so I took her into the doc. Though the bite looked awful, the doc (and the three others who were brought in to confer over her condition) was very concerned over a slightly reddened circle that was spreading around the bite, onto her neck and face. (This reddening was not present when I sent her to school that morning.) And what was the diagnosis? Cellulitis by spider bite!

Now she is on heavy antibiotics and is feeling fine. Poor girl!Let no one say that the Thornton's are not doing their part to wage war against Flesh Eating Bacteria!

6 comments:

Chira said...

Your poor little girl!! That totally sucks! :D I can't believe you know Heather Bailey...I'm star struck!

Gustogirl said...

Ouch, poor thing! That flesh eating bacteria thing is on of those things that scares me to death!

Becca said...

HA HA flesh eating bacteria be-you're no match for us! (But please stay away from my house just in case!)

DeLaina said...

Super scary! Glad she'll be OK! Do they know what type of spider bit her? Most spider bites don't cause cellulitis...just the nasty, poisonous ones...

Melodrama Mama said...

Delaina - We think it was a Hobo or Brown Recluse!

Heather said...

And sometimes I thought that dad was making up things up. . . Now maybe I should believe him more. Maybe everything isn't a joke with him. I hope that she gets better very very soon!