The Face of Staph

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Okay, so I've thought about it and I'm going to post the staph pictures. Not to worry, they're way at the bottom of the post, if you're not into this sort of thing.

I toiled a little bit about this decision. You might have noticed I have not yet posted a picture of my face on this site. Being a teacher means that I have to keep somewhat of a low profile because, well, there's a really good chance that I could get fired for this blog, and while I don't really love my job all that much, I'd prefer to leave it on good terms. Know what I mean? These pictures required special consideration beyond that concern because well, they're just not very flattering at all and I'm not sure that I want to make my face debut here with these pictures. But I guess that's life.

My decision was helped when I realized that if I'm your child's teacher, getting me fired 2 weeks before exams is going to be a lot worse for your child than it will be for me. So I'm posting them. But seriously, if I teach your kid, please don't get me fired. Pleeeease.

I can't offer you pictures of the current infection because there's just no way to take a good picture without taking my shirt off, and contrary to popular belief, I have drawn a line somewhere, so these are pictures of the original staph infection and the recurrence in my forehead. Yea, I know.

Now for the warnings. These photos are not flattering, in fact, they're kind of gross. There's no blood or guts, but they're fairly yucky, and that has nothing to do with the fact that they're of my face, so don't even go there. So if you don't like grody things, stop reading. I'll put in a bunch of spaces now so that hopefully you won't see anything you don't want to. Remember, you're in control of this, so don't be mad at me. You've been warned.
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Okay, so here we go. This first picture is of the original infection, circa November 2006, on my leg. I think that all the pictures were taken with my computer or cell phone, so none of these are quality pictures. I'm not a photographer and do not pretend to be one. I consider it a successful picture if you can figure out what the main subject is. Also, the pictures of my face are a little odd. It's actually easy to miss how grossly swollen my face is unless you sort of defocus your eyes because you might not notice the big bulge if you don't. I'm serious, the doctor didn't notice it until I tipped my head down and pointed it out.

So anyway, here is the original infection, mid calf, big red warm spot.

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See, that wasn't too bad, was it? Good because that's the least gross of the bunch.

About 3 weeks after that happened, I woke up with a big bump on my forehead. As you can tell by the goofy-ass grin on my face, the first day the bump appeared, I was not concerned. Nor did I feel the wrath of the staph yet. Just wait, you'll see how my tune changes.

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The next day it had gotten a little more swollen and the sore (at the top of the swelling) had gotten grosser. Oozier might be a better adjective. Perhaps I'm looking a little less amused in this picture too.

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What's that? Could it possibly grow larger and protrude more out of my forehead? Oh yes, it can. And it did, the next morning.

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And then a peculiar thing happened. The swelling started spreading. Instead of the doorknob sized lump on my forehead, all of a sudden my entire forehead and eventually nose and face started to swell. Something about this picture makes me look demonic, I think it's the wicked dark circles under my eyes, and how ridiculously wide my nose is. I look like a bull.

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And in case you thought I might not be able to look more miserable, I offer you the last picture in the series. This is when my entire face (check out how wide the bridge of my nose is) was overtaken by the staph. You may or may not be able to tell that my sinuses were so congested that I had to breathe out of my mouth.

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So there, now you've both seen my face and my staph. I know you all want to meet with me in person now, so we can shake staphy hands, but try and refrain from hunting me down and stalking me and my contagiousity. I know it'll be difficult, but seriously people, contain yourselves.

16 comments:

nola said...

Ouch. Hope this case is a quick one. And, yanno, painless!

jojo said...

Holy Crap that looks b.a.d. I hope you are nowhere near that level this time. Get better soon for God's sake, you have a wedding to go to!! Take care.

the queen said...

Oh, you poor thing. You look so sick.

Kate said...

Oh no! I hope your recent run of luck turns around (and stays turned) NOW!

Take care- and in response to various previous posts, do not sweat the negativity or the lame comments. When life sucks, you have to tell it like it is, and life is throwing you some major shit right now. Your attitude is amazing!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Love the photo montage! (sp?)

Not only did we get to finally "meet" you (you are adorable, lumps and all!) but we got a mini version of ER!!

Love it!

Can't believe how many times you've had to deal with this crap. When is enough enough?

Hallie :)

Daisy Duke said...

I would giggle if it didn't look so dang painful. And it does. Look painful that is. But you look adorable anyway!

Flea said...

I'm guessing you're pretty cute when you're not staph possessed. I can't imagine it under the arm. Can you even put your arm down? Did the meds take care of it last time?

Have fun with your insurance company tomorrow (I figure as long as you're being optimistic, I will too).

Greta Perry said...

That just sucks - hope you are on the mend!

Ann Zevnik said...

I have this exact same thing right now! How did you get rid of it? The antibiotic my MD gave me isn't doing squat.

Ninaknows09 said...

Hi. I hope your wound healed well. I was doing some searching because I also had a staph infection on my left calf under the knee in April that was pretty nasty and took two weeks of antibiotics to clear up. I recently developed staph again (in July) on the same calf two inches away from teh original infection. Have you had any recurrences since your first infection and I'm curious if you doctor offered any insights into what caused the staph and/or recurrence? Thanks!

Ann Zevnik said...

After the antibiotic from my internist did nothing, I went to a dermatologist who gave me an antiviral (not that she knew for sure, but it was the next logical step). That worked right away. It took a couple of days for the swelling to disappear (helped by an antihistamine) and the marks are fading slowly. They think it might have been a form of shingles instead of staph. But it looked just like the pictures here.

I hope yours gets cleared up soon. Recurrent skin issues are uncomfortable and not very pretty :(

grayson said...

I've been battling a staph infection for a while now, but that was on the lower extremities.

You look beatuiful anyway!

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