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1 hour ago, Heeb said:

So we have a bed that came with the house we are renting that is made from solid wood and has a poor design because the wood stanchions that support it stick out about 4 inches from the mattress and are hard to see at night. So occasionally when I stumble out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the CR I crack my lower shin on it, coincidentally it’s the exact same spot I would smack on the boxer engine valve cover of my BMW motorcycle back home. Just when it would start to heal I would smash it again, my stupidity for not putting a pad on the posts.

Oh man, now I am really paranoid!  We have similar beds and I smack my shins like that!  Might have to consider some padding!

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I will second what @Heeb had to say.  A few years back my right thumb where it joins the wrist became kind of sore.  A few days later it swelled up to the hand had swollen to the size of a boxing glove.  I suspected it was cellulitis and I went to Cebu City and saw a specialist.  She confirmed my suspicion.  I was high powered antibiotics for four weeks and it took additional weeks for the hand to return to normal size.  Scary stuff for sure. 

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I sympathize.

Couldn't make myself read the whole thing though. For those of us who read a lot, a long tract without paragraph breaks is a genuine pain. Can you edit it please?

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You were a very lucky man. Sepsis is a killer, even in the West. One of the best 600 peso I spent here was on a tetanus vaccine. Since having it any cuts and scratches heal within a few days where as before it could take weeks. 

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50 minutes ago, Snowy79 said:

You were a very lucky man. Sepsis is a killer, even in the West. One of the best 600 peso I spent here was on a tetanus vaccine. Since having it any cuts and scratches heal within a few days where as before it could take weeks. 

Good suggestion @Snowy79.. wil schedule one when NCR lockdown ends.. if ends... etc

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1 hour ago, Guy F. said:

I sympathize.

Couldn't make myself read the whole thing though. For those of us who read a lot, a long tract without paragraph breaks is a genuine pain. Can you edit it please?

An infection can quickly spread into the surrounding tissues.  The red streaks from a bite or wound show the infection is working its way up the limb.  Quick action is required or it can result in amputation and/or death.  This is especially true if the bacteria is one of those that has developed resistance to most antibiotics.  Heeb's infection was so advanced he required the antibiotics via IV to get them directly into the blood stream. 

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7 hours ago, Snowy79 said:

You were a very lucky man. Sepsis is a killer, even in the West. One of the best 600 peso I spent here was on a tetanus vaccine. Since having it any cuts and scratches heal within a few days where as before it could take weeks. 

I second the comment about getting a tetanus booster. L and others here don't even think about it and it is a hassle to find a doc to administer it - but super worth it. I forget now, but I think it is supposed to be given every 10 years or so?

Last time, at St. Lukes in Manila, they looked at me like I was crazy when I said I wanted a tetanus booster. I ended up at a pediatric doctor and explained that I play (work) in dirt at home all the time.

I also know of a guy, many years ago, who was scratched lightly from a fish hook or fish scale after catching a fish in a very remote atoll. He quickly developed a similar situation to @Heeb and ended up being airlifted by US Coastguard to Hawaii for emergency treatment. Apparently, the medic - who was air dropped from a helicopter - took one look at the guy and gave him some sort of super anti-biotic shot, right on the spot.

Fortunately, his leg was saved and he eventually recovered. Lesson learned, as already posted, there are lots of nasty "germs" in the tropics. Be careful is sound advice!

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8 hours ago, Guy F. said:

I sympathize.

Couldn't make myself read the whole thing though. For those of us who read a lot, a long tract without paragraph breaks is a genuine pain. Can you edit it please?

I edited as it was to hard to read so should be better now.

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Most of us have experienced similar if not as sever, good to see Heeb on the way out of it now.

Support what he says, about a year ago I skinned my toes on a piece of Re Bar jutting out of a side walk, they never seem to finish anything here. Knew the danger of infections especially below knees. Treated my small would with alcohol and Bernadine on a 2 hourly basis, still became infected and needed antibiotics.......I am reasonably fit and healthy for a senior, wonder what more I could of done.

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