The Bean has been hanging out at home this week.
Tuesday morning, her “owie” was looking quite a bit better, with the red line and the fever gone.
Yesterday, it started draining, which caused her a great deal of pain. After taking her temperature (still normal), Rob gave her some Motrin. She was groggy in the morning but was jumping on the trampoline when I got home.
Today, when I met up with her and Rob at the doctor’s office, I immediately noticed that the red line was back. Our doctor, who is always very low-key, felt the bump and looked very concerned. He said it shouldn’t feel that hard at this point in time. It seems that the antibiotic that she is taking isn’t working. The improvement in her fever was due to the injected antibiotic that they gave her at the hospital.
The doctor told us that an antibiotic probably won’t get all of the infection out of the sore. Over the weekend, we need to apply hot compresses, put her in steam, and try to squeeze as much out as we can. It’s really important that we try to keep it draining. If that doesn’t work, she’ll have to get it drained, which will probably require her to be sedated (he doesn’t want to do that to her while she’s awake). Spending time at the hospital–even the better, farther away hospital where our doctor has admitting privileges–doesn’t appeal to us at all. So we’ve had the unpleasant task of trying to improve Beanie’s situation before our appointment on Monday. It’s involved a lot of cartoons, chocolate, and snuggling. And strong stomachs on Rob’s and my part. Ugh.
If nothing else, this has renewed our concern about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. I am very glad that we buy only antibiotic-free meat. This is serious business, folks, and it’s not going to get better unless we all do something about it.