I just wanted to share.. I'm not one to be the best patient. I'm healthy, I go for a check up maybe once a year.
I don't go to the ER. It took everything in me to take myself there today.
I was mortified at the idea.
I nicked myself shaving. Um. Somewhere really embarrassing.
All I could think about was how some practitioners make jokes about 'vaginal problems'.. I explained to triage nurse that I had nicked myself, and instead of healing up nicely, it quickly turned into a cellulitis/abscess disaster.
So first, instead of asking me what was going on, I had one nurse ask if I had 'a little rash'.. The doctor came in and asked me 'if I had a little discharge'
Moral of the story, even though the entire right side of my neither region was hot to touch, red and swollen, the infection was not only tunneling and spreading, I didn't need anything for the pain.
The doctor came back in, mind you, I'm in a double room with another pt, who just got morphine and zofran.. And told me 'how miserable' I was going to be because it was in such a sensitive area..
She proceeded to inject lidocaine into my infection and immediately start lancing.. Not even giving the joke of a numbing agent time to work.
The moral, don't assume. Always ask our patients what's going on. Just because I'm not crying, you can see the raging swelling in a tender area, I'm in pain.
This horrific experience, later explained to me by my nurse that they get so many abscesses daily, they just cut them and send them away.. Was a great reminder on how to treat my patients.