Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Out, damned spot

I went back to the doctor this morning. (Actually I didn't go back, so much...I went to my regular doctor, since he charges merely an arm, and not an arm and a leg, like the urgent care people.) The spot had grown a bit, and it was definitely redder, so I figured a change of antibiotics might be in order. The doctor agreed, gave me one that's better at treating drug-resistant bacteria, in case that's a factor, and also said part of the problem might be that I'm still reacting to the venom of whatever bit me. He even said the dread "recluse" word--but quickly reassured me that if I was going to have an extreme reaction and end up with a big ol' necrotized hole in my arm, that probably would have already happened. Whew!

I went ahead and scrubbed off the nearly indelible purple sharpie drawings on my arm, as I was getting tired of people asking if that was a new tattoo. Seriously? Do you think I have such hideously bad taste as to TATTOO a big red blotch and some purple circles and squiggly lines on my forearm? (Don't answer that.)

Hopefully this new drug will kick in soon, and I can stop looking like a leper.

Did any of you ever sing this particularly tasteless little ditty in your youth?

(To the tune of the Beatles' "Yesterday.")

Leprosy...all my skin is falling off of me...I'm not half the man I used to be...
Oh leprosy...came suddenly.

Syphillis...it all started with one simple kiss...now what's this burning feeling when I piss?
Oh syphillis...came suddenly.

Anyone? Just me and my friends? Okay then.

14 comments:

3carnations said...

Drug resistant bacteria? That sounds like the basis for a horror movie. Er, not that your situation is horrific or terrifying...

Get well soon. :)

stefanie said...

Heh. I think we did, indeed, sing the leprosy song, but I had completely forgotten about it until just now. Thanks for that.

-R- said...

No, I have never heard that leprosy song. But you are still my BFF, right?

Mary said...

I never sang that song ... probably because I was too busy giggling & exclaiming, "That's so wrong!" when others sang it.

How is it that other people can see this infected wound? Shouldn't you be attempting to smother the bacteria in Neosporin & a bandaid? Or something? Or is it supposed to be left open to "breathe"?

gorillabuns said...

but you're artistic, right? draw some flames and barbed wire on your arm.

yeah, that's the ticket. go all tough girl on everyone.

Stinkypaw said...

Hmm... yep that all you and your friends, but now I'll have it as a serious earworm!

lizgwiz said...

3car, I'm very much hoping this tale does not turn into anything resembling a Lifetime Television Movie. (Though, actually, I have a friend who's written a couple of those, including the irresistible "Prison of Secrets" starring Stephanie Zimbalist, so maybe she could write it for me. Heh.)

stef, always happy to pass along a good earworm. ;)

-r-, absolutely. For the time being, though, that might be Bacterial Friend Forever. Hee.

Mary, I tried covering it up one day, and it just turned kind of...moist. I decided clean and dry was the way to go.

gorillabuns, now THERE'S a thought!

stinkypaw, sing it loud and proud! Hee.

Maliavale said...

This, from a singer! Amazing. ;-)

So what's in the Vietnamese No. 5?

lizgwiz said...

Malia, in addiction to the crack, there are "special" noodles they order from a "famous Vietnamese noodle-maker," plus every kind of fake meat they have, plus bean sprouts and cabbage. I never thought it sounded very good on the menu, but they convinced me to try it one day and I'm hooked!

Noelle said...

I'm glad to have that tune stuck in my head now instead of "Hey Jew," which has been there since hearing "Hey Jude" on the radio earlier.

Edge said...

No didn't sing that, but you can sing Amazing Grace to the tune on Gilligan's Island.

~Jef

lizgwiz said...

noelle, always happy to supplant an earlier earworm. ;)

edge, I never knew that! (And, of course, I just tried it.) I knew you could sing it to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun," though.

Whiskeymarie said...

I never knew that song, but now I'll be singing it all day...

metalia said...

That is the best song ever. I hope you get better soon, Liz!