my body is suffering from the effects of drug addiction. i am having seizures. despite using clean needles, i am terribly infected, its spreading, and mouth antibiotics are doing nothing. i had two abscesses drained. i am so weak. i have a feeling im going to need more IV meds. this isn’t something to glamorize. heroin addiction is horrible.
Bee, I just had a rapidly advancing abscess on my face drained. I look awful, and I'm in pain. Any cute headcannons?
The family-wide favorite photo is one of Damian in the snow, in a winter coat that’s way too big (it used to be Dick’s), a long mis-colored scarf (that used to be Jason’s - the first one he ever made, with Alfred’s help), and a purple winter hat with a puff at the top of it (used to be Tim’s - given to him by Steph when they were dating), staring up at the sky while it snows, with snowflakes dotting his rosy cheeks, and Titus doing the same (also with a scarf around his collar - also one made by Jason) next to him.
Everyone has a copy, either digital or physical. Bruce and Dick have both. Bruce has one in his office, and Dick has it on his fridge, and they both have it on a handheld device. Jason, Tim, Steph, Cass and Babs all have digital copies, that they can access basically everywhere.
They look at it when they’re missing home, missing each other, or a reminder or why they keep fighting this fight. Why they keep doing what they do, and why they chose each other to love and consider family. The epitome of innocence.
A needle should never be used more than three times, as it dulls after each use. Many people follow the “One and Done” rule, which means the needle is properly disposed of after one use and a new needle is opened for following uses. This is the safest and one of the most effective ways to maintain vein health.
A needle will never be fully clean. No matter how much cleaner, soap, or bleach you use to try to clean out your needles before you reuse them, there will always be traces of blood and bacteria left behind. Reusing needles has the potential to be very dangerous and can lead to a variety of serious infections such as staph, abscesses, cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, botulism, tetanus, septic thrombophlebitis, bacterial endocarditis, hepatitis c, and HIV.
Bacterial infections arise when germs on the skin’s surface or in a contaminated needle are pushed through the skin deeper into the body and are able to bypass the normal barriers of entry or skin defenses that exist to protect us. If the infection-causing bacteria were to reach the blood vessels, it could result in widespread deep-tissue, vein, or other vascular infection. IV drug users who inject by “skin popping” are at greater risk of developing abscesses, infected blisters, or pustules.
Bloodborne infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C are also common when users share needles + other injection equipment.
For IV drug users living in poor conditions on the streets or in drug den–type settings, the lack of hygiene, as well typically poor nutrition and weak immune systems which result from extensive drug use, further contributes to the risk of acquiring other infections, such as tuberculosis.
A few types of infections related to IV drug use include:
Staph infections are one of the most common types of IV-drug-related infections. Staphylococcus (staph) infections can manifest as a red bump or boil that may look like a pimple or a spider bite. - Symptoms: The area may appear swollen, red and sore to the touch. If staph is allowed to spread to the lungs, it can produce symptoms of pneumonia, such as fever, chills, cough with yellow or green sputum and chest pain when breathing or coughing. - The most common treatment for staph infection involves a round of intravenous antibiotics and wound drainage.
Abscesses are a type of infection that is easy to recognize by its large, tender mass surrounded by inflamed pink flesh. The middle of the abscess is usually filled with pus, bacteria, and debris. If the infection is allowed to spread, fever and feelings of nausea may develop. If the infection is serious enough, antibiotics may be prescribed.
- Though some abscesses will drain on their own, most need to be opened and drained by a physician, then packed to minimize bleeding. - Large abscesses, when left intact, are slow to respond or resistant to antibiotic treatment.
Cellulitis is a common skin infection. - Symptoms: red streaking of the skin, pain, swelling, tenderness, swollen lymph nodes, leakage of yellow fluid from blisters and fever. - Treatments include oral antibiotics and elevation of the affected areas. Severe cellulitis may require a hospital admission for intravenous antibiotics.
Necrotizing Fasciitis is a serious, flesh-eating disease. Necrotizing, from the Latin “necro,” meaning “death,” occurs suddenly and without much warning. Bacteria enter and proliferate throughout planes of tissue beneath the skin which becomes red, swollen, and hot to the touch within 24 hours. - Symptoms: Fever and chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may also accompany this infection. When the bacteria spreads, the skin blackens as gangrene sets in. If the infection is allowed to continue to spread, it may extend to the vital organs and can lead to death. - Immediate treatment allows for the best chances of full recovery. Treatments may include surgery, antibiotics and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In extreme cases, amputation is required.
Botulism is a condition produced after exposure to a certain bacterial toxin. It can be deadly when left untreated. - Symptoms: Is characterized by flaccid paralysis of muscles. Other symptoms of botulism include blurry vision, muscle weakness, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, drooping eyelids and constipation. Severe botulism can result in respiratory failure. - Botulism is treated using antitoxins to counteract the neurotoxins in the blood.
Tetanus occurs when the spores of the C. tetani bacteria enter the bloodstream through an open wound from an IV injection. - Symptoms: tension and spasms in the jaw (lockjaw), chest, neck and back. Generalized muscle spasms may result in a characteristic arching of the back called opisthotonos. These spasms may affect breathing and muscle contractions can become very powerful and painful. Drooling, problems swallowing, fever and irritability are also symptoms of tetanus. - Treatments include tetanus immunoglobulin, antibiotics, muscle relaxers, sedatives and bedrest.
Septic Thrombophlebitis is a vascular, bacterial infection under the skin that is characterized by tender, swollen extremities. - Symptoms: skin redness over a vein, swelling in one arm or leg, fever, chills and fatigue. Symptoms may worsen and include. - Treatments for septic thrombophlebitis include antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, bedrest, anticoagulants and surgery (if necessary) to remove the infected vein.
Bacterial Endocarditis is an infection of the heart valve occurs when a bacterial infection spreads through the bloodstream and begins to colonize the heart muscle. - Symptoms: unintentional weight loss, fatigue, fever, chills, back pain, abdominal pain, muscle aches and weakness, night sweats and stiff neck. Intravenous drug use is a common cause of this serious health complication. - Treatment for this disease includes intravenous antibiotics and possible heart surgery to repair or replace affected heart valves.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that can be easily spread through sex and IV drug use. It is a tricky disease to diagnose and treat because 80% of people who have it show no symptoms. - Symptoms: extreme fatigue, itchy skin, sore muscles, dark urine and stomach pain that may be accompanied by bleeding, redness on the palms and feet and jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes). - Combination therapy is a common treatment in the stabilization of HCV, including interferon, ribavirin, and protease inhibitors.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can lead to the development of chronic autoimmune disease. Primary HIV infection is often first diagnosed as the flu. - Symptoms: Fever, chills, body aches, diarrhea, sore throat, nausea and vomiting. As the disease progresses, the person may develop persistent itchy and flakey skin, oral thrush (a fungal infection of the mouth), extreme malaise, shingles, short-term memory loss, and unintentional weight loss. - Since some people may show no symptoms for as long as 10 years, which is why it’s important to be tested and IV drug users should be tested regularly. - There is no cure for HIV infection, although many people live normal, active lives with proper treatment. These treatments include a variety of antiretroviral drugs taken daily to suppress the virus and its spread. (source)
For more information on common IV drug use infections, click here+ here.
For information on the science behind addiction, click here.
Thanks, and that’s no doubt sound advice. I know they can easily turn dangerous, and this has really flared up fast over the past few days. I have been trying to figure out how to get myself to the dentist ASAP after the weekend.
This is actually the remaining infection after an extraction and some malpractice-level bad treatment at several steps, so yeah. That has helped complicate things a lot, and the whole thing has been pretty scary. (ETA: I was also already terrified of dentists thanks to some past bad experiences, and that really did not help.)
But, I do appreciate the concern, and I hope your ex recovered OK. That sounds like a miserable experience.
The swelling is getting better, but now I’m having major nausea from the Tylenol 3s (I think).
I threw up this morning, but there was hardly anything in my stomach to begin with, and the pressure was extremely painful in my face.
I also talked to my dentist on the phone. He thinks that the drainage and antibiotics will be enough to save the tooth without re-treating it. He doesn’t want to send me for more treatment, and take the risk that the abscess blows back up again and it would all be for nothing.
He also didn’t offer any kind of arrangement when I mentioned expense would be an issue. I already paid $800 for the canal, which is now basically wasted.
I’m inclined to agree with him about waiting. Especially since I’ll apparently have to pay. I’m not sure I can stand any more work in my mouth, and if it all goes bad, I’ll just have it extracted by the surgeon on Wednesday, when I go back.
The last one was taken after I had it drained by the maxillofacial surgeon at the hospital this morning, and apparently the swelling will get worse before it’s better.
I wasn’t able to have any sedation because it was an emergency appointment, and let me tell you, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.
Thank God my mom was with me. They only let her stay because she’s a nurse, and they knew she wouldn’t pass out.
Now on hefty doses of antibiotics, T3s, a mouthwash, and I have to go back in a week to look at next steps. My choices are to see if my dentist can re-treat the root canal in an effort to save my tooth, or extracting it.
Why do I have complications with everything? Thanks, Crohn’s and Humira.
Ok so one update post before bed guys. For anyone interested this little geck is under the weather atm with a mouth abscess. He has not wanted to eat and lost about 4 grams and it has looked like it was getting darker and deeper and needless to say, I’ve been very worried about him. Well today I got him out to give him his second to last dose of antibiotics and found that the blackness was totally gone, like it had been a scab that he rubbed off. The above pics were taken earlier today and you can see how dark it looked. I’ll post some new pics of him tomorrow with how it currently looks but it is now a barely there indentation on his jaw and completely normal colored. I am so extremely relieved! He will receive his final shot of antibiotics tomorrow evening and we will continue with the oral cleaning gel until it is totally gone but things are looking up for my little geck!
Going to tag @lapillus-the-gargoyle-gecko , @queengeck , and @followthebluebell for the awesome advice and support they gave while I fretted about Chomper! You guys rock!
For reasons known only to someone with higher authority than mine, but almost certainly having to do with my CVID, I’ve gotten extra sick with diverticulitis. If you don’t know it, think appendicitis but on the left, and only needing surgery if there’s an abscess.
I’ve had this brewing for several days, I think. I started getting nausea and abdominal pain on Tuesday night. I actually think it’s a GOOD thing — an underlying infection might be the reason the MG flare is so prolonged.
I hit a proper 9.5/10 writhing and crying out in pain with tears running down my face today, and scared my OT guy. Thanks god for narcotics. Oxycodone to be precise, because it WORKS. I’m not gonna get addicted, I’m just gonna get pain relief.
Another doctor was called in, more belly poking after which they had to peel me off the ceiling, and more blood tests. No surprise I’ve had an elevated white count since I got here, and today it went up even more. They started me on IV hydration and antibiotics immediately, and I had a CT scan this evening to make sure I don’t have an abscess. I’m dehydrated (several days of unrelenting nausea will do that to you) and my electrolytes were “deranged” which kind of cracks me up.
Anyway I’m REALLY hoping this infection explains the mg flare, and once it’s treated I’ll be able to get back to normal.
We went to the vet tonight and thankfully I feel a little better now, even though we’re about to go through possibly the most nerve-wracking time of our Cupcake-involved lives. They confirmed that it’s an abscess/dental in nature, although they still couldn’t do xrays because Cupcake’s nose is so congested she could have stopped breathing entirely while under sedation. Instead, they referred us to our old vet (we had to stop going to her b/c of the distance) who is the best rabbit doctor/surgeon in our state. They’re equipped to handle any complications that could arise during sedation or surgery, and are technically a 24/7 emergency vet service, so I know she’ll be taken care of around the clock. We have to take her in tomorrow where they’ll give her a full exam and then talk to us about surgery to remove the infected tooth/teeth, clean out the abscess, and make sure she doesn’t have any reoccurring problems.
That’s the tricky part…
We don’t know how much surgery is going to cost and we have less than stable funds right now. I know it’s going to at least be in the high 100′s but could push well past 1k. I know we don’t have that money but honestly after spending all day at work crying at my desk, i’m beyond that. If I have to give every dude in my city a handjob to cover this i’m saving my baby. My friends are encouraging me to do a Gofundme so i’ll probably set that up as soon as I get a solid number. Here’s hoping for some good luck (does wishing on a sick rabbit’s foot work?)
Although you may have already guessed as much, my all-time favourite movie prior to falling in love with Twelfth Night was a little film you may know called Fried Green Tomatoes. When my mum got me a pup, the moment I saw her I knew what she was to be called: Imogene - Idgie for short, after one of the all-time most kickass female characters in cinematic history: Idgie Threadgoode.
And when I say that we were best buds from day one….?
I really mean it.
She was by my side through everything: PTSD, depression, suicidal ideation, six years of ill health, and beyond. And likewise, I was with her after every surgery (an abscess on her leg from another dog’s playful bite, when she was desexed and had to sleep in the house, and her major thyroid-cancer surgery last year)…. and I was with her on Monday as she took her last breath, holding her in my arms. It was the saddest thing feeling her body go limp, and know that she had passed away. She got to spend twelve and a half years being there for me, and I got to spend twelve and a half years being there for her, and I wouldn’t change it for the world, despite how hard it was on that last day to say goodbye.
We don’t know 100% for sure but rabbits commonly have problems with their teeth. It’s possible that she has uneven cheek teeth that resulted in one or more getting infected and forming an abscess, or she has tooth spurs or any number of problems that caused the abscess. It’s affected her nose though, and it’s all stuffed up with puss and snot so she can hardly breathe (fun fact: rabbit’s use their nose for breathing, not their mouths. They CAN use their mouths but it’s an imperfect system. They’re made to breathe/smell while eating to avoid predators while feeding.) Because of the pain and her nose she’s dropped A LOT of weight and is malnourished. I’m actually more concerned about that than her nose because at some point you just get so thin your organs start shutting down. Thankfully we’re not there yet.
Another good thing: The vet gave us their blessing to feed her as many carrots as she wants (you’re supposed to avoid feeding rabbits too many since they’re high in sugar, they’re like bunny candy bars) since she’s so thin the benefits outweigh the risks at this point. It’s the only thing she’ll still eat, and she just hoovered down a whole one lol.
Rogue fell off the A Frame last year in agility and had a burst abscess near her pancreas. She went septic very quickly and was on a morphine drip within about ten hours of my noticing something was off. The options were $10K surgery with a 50/50 shot of getting the same dog to wake up or wait it out on IV painkillers and strong antibiotics. We waited it out and two days later Rogue was keeping the entire ward up with her screeching and trying to bite the ward techs so I brought her home to recover. Total freak accident but I had three vets just telling me to put her down.
To the 14 yo anon: Please seek a GP appointment. Don't just assume a breast lump is cancer, there are so many other reasons including cysts, abscesses or solid tissue around milk glands. Look for things like discharge, pain and dimpling. Tell your Dr if you have any of these symptoms, but even if you have, it does not mean you definitely have cancer. There is so much support for young adults such as yourself going through medical issues like this, please use it and look after yourself x