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« on: May 30, 2012, 05:12:31 PM »

I wasn't sure where to put this, mod's if you know a better place please move this.
 Punkin was so weak yesterday that I wrapped him in a towel and he rode on my lap to the vets office. He got scared 1/2 way down our street and latched onto my arm with his teeth. I had to pull over to pry his jaws loose. Luckily we hadn't hit the main road or highway yet or there would be a double memorial thread. Within hours it was red, swollen ,hot and infected.
 Luckily my next door neighbor is a Dr & said I could wait til today [1st appt I could get ] and my cousin is a vet and looked up possible antibiotic treatments for me. I am allergic to most of them. Here's the link as you may want to print it out and keep it on hand.http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/768875-medication.
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 06:35:31 PM »

Yikes, lesliek, that is awful!  Cat bites can be very painful and get infected so easily; those sharp teeth do a lot of damage and make nasty puncture wounds, setting the stage for infection.  I hope that in addition to antibiotic treatment, they updated your tetanus vaccination if needed.  (I would not be able to take the vast majority of the antibiotics on that list, either.  I hope they found one that will work for you!

I think I'll pin this thread in case anyone needs it for future reference.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 06:50:10 PM »

My tetanus was up to date due to the 2 stab wounds in recent years from dropping knives.  It is very painful , but luckily missed the tendon & although close to the bone didn't hit it. They have me on a combo of 100 mg doxy 2x daily & 500 mg  metronidazole 2x daily. Plus keeping the wounds open with flushes of sterile saline & hydrogen peroxide, so they heal from the inside out. I think it was his final hurrah and am willing to take the pain for him. I had to hide it from the vet so they wouldn't have to quarantine him though. His rabies shots were up to date, so that wasn't a concern. Just a heads up, these bites MUST be treated within 48 hours. If it's on your hand go immediately or risk nerve damage that can be permanent.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012, 07:34:45 PM »

Leslie,
I am so sorry. Prayers that your wounds heal well and quickly. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 01:41:58 PM »

Wishing you fast healing!
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2012, 08:37:18 AM »

Well, Punkin certainly left you with a lasting memory, one of many I'm certain you will carry with you always.  Wink

I have never had a deep bite from any of my cats, but occassionally one will knick me.  Bucky actually bit me once when giving him medicine, and it just pierced the skin.  I used perioxide on any bites like that and never had a problem, but like I said, I've never had a deep bite.

Certainly good knowledge to have.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2012, 10:32:29 AM »

Well, Punkin certainly left you with a lasting memory, one of many I'm certain you will carry with you always.  Wink

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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2012, 01:41:50 PM »

Punkin got me better than I thought. I've been having really bad pain & swelling in the arm that was bitten & went back to the Dr. Apparently he hit a large vein, the infection is in my bloodstream & causing phlebitis . 2 more weeks of antibiotics & if it gets worse or that doesn't work, an infectious disease specialist & culture. Its 99 here & I have to keep my arm wrapped in an ace bandage  Sad. Hot compresses 4-5 times daily anywhere I have pain. Unfortunately its affecting both hands & elbows, my bad knee & my ankles. The left arm from fingers to shoulder. Make sure you don't wait if bitten, it can cause hospitalization. I'm trying to talk the Dr into a port for IV shots at home instead if the pills don't work.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2012, 02:07:06 PM »

I'm so sorry to hear that! I hope the medicine nails it really fast. Will be sending healing thoughts and hopes. Please let us know how you are doing when you can.
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2012, 02:57:44 PM »

Oh no, I am so sorry. I hope that this treatment plan takes care of the infection so you don't have to undergo further treatment. Feel better soon!
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2012, 04:52:40 PM »

Good heavens, Leslie!  I hope they put you on something really good.  And I agree that if it doesn't turn around pretty quickly, an IV antibiotic is what's needed.  Once it gets into the bloodstream like that, usually that's the only thing that will kick it.  They wouldn't necessarily have to give you a port--just taking you in for a few hours and running it on IV, followed by oral at home, might be enough to do the trick.

Many healing thoughts to you
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2012, 04:55:45 PM »

I hope you will fill better soon.

Are there any other antibiotics that you can take? This should have gotten better by now, and antibiotic change might help. I am also allergic to many things on that list (4 I know I can take, 2 maybes and the rest are definitive no).

Also, in my experience local antibiotic cream with oral antibiotics works a lot better than oral antibiotics only. It is a standard practice in my home country (sometimes you get just a topical antibiotic cream) and it works wonderfully. It amazed me that I had to ask for a topical agent when I had that infected blister, and I think it did a lot more good than the oral antibiotic (which I decided to stop early due to its risks).
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2012, 05:04:17 PM »

I'm so sorry to hear about this Leslie Sad  I hope this round works.

SandyBeach got nicked by mewsette last week, and mew just happen to hit a tendon, she couldn't move two of her fingers for a couple days!  Just a little puncture, but in just the right spot to put her down for the count.  Fortunately, she got treatment as soon as she realized what was happening, and she's fine (however, her laptop has died!).

Bites are nothing to ignore, for sure!
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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2012, 05:10:35 PM »

Hope this round of antibiotics work and you are soon feeling better.  The heat doesn't help when you feel lousy!   Sad
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2012, 06:25:20 PM »

I couldn't do any topical creams because they didn't want the wounds to close. As it was I had to reopen them twice with a sterilized needle. It was really disgusting too, pus would just run out of them . I was out of manuka honey,and think that might have helped. I'll be going to get some tomorrow ! I had to stop the Flagyl after a day because it made me vomit . maybe if I could have taken both drugs the 1st course would have worked. I don't know if the doxy is helping already or the compression, but it does feel better.
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