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Posted Aug 25 2008 6:57pm

Although I have no idea how it happened, I have an abscess on the back of my knee. It is PAINFUL. So much so that I am walking with a limp at times.



I woke up Monday morning and felt a bit of pain behind my knee. There was a small bump but I didn't think much of it. I figured it was an ingrown hair and would go away. Well, slowly but surely, it grew to the size of a nickel (although more oblong than round) and has since become more painful, red, and swollen.



I went to the urgent care center and they diagnosed me with an abscess, or cutaneous skin infection, and put me on antibiotics (Keflex, to be exact). I have to take the antibiotics 2x a day for 10 days and press warm, moist rags on the infected area for 20 minutes 3-4x a day. This will help to bring the bacteria to the surface and make the wound softer so it can "drain". Yummy. I'm so looking forward to that.



I heard the word infection and automatically thought of Sunshine. Could it have spread throughout my blood and crossed the placenta? Could it even do that? The doc said it was highly unlikely that this would affect the baby. She did say that it was good I came in when I did so I could get it treated in its early stages before it spread any further into my deep tissue.



I asked the doc how this could have happened and she said it could be a multitude of things: I could have nicked myself shaving, gotten a small puncture wound, scratched myself, etc. and it got infected with bacteria. Winning the lottery of suck again, I suppose.



My body has a penchant for creating ovarian cysts. Now it is beginning with other sacs of gunk.



Body - let's just call a truce, okay?





ETA: It seems to be responding to the antibiotics. The redness is almost gone. The only thing left is the raised skin and it is only painful now if I press on it. Hopefully, it will drain on its own and soon. I'll be glad when this is over.

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