I’m not dead, just fading away


Let me tell you, cellulitis is no fun at all. I had a rocky weekend of excruciating pain, culminating in an an emergency room visit and big ol’ needles puncturing my plumply adorable butt. Then this morning, our Changes in Nature workshop started up, and I gamely stumbled in and did the first 3 hours. And that’s it. I’m done. I have collapsed onto a cushy chair and am lapsing into a kind of restless catatonia.

Oh, right, there was another doctor’s visit after class, and more needles and pills. No, really, I can’t do no more.


  1. Lofty says

    Aaugh, you have my sympathies, I just nursed my wife through a bout of cellulitis in her calf. Ice packs helped a lot.

  2. says

    Just letting you know that I totes prayed for God to heal you, so if you get better you should be aware that it was 100% divine intervention and had nothing to do with medicine OR your immune system.

    Note: Please allow 7-10 days for prayer to take effect.

    (but for real, take it easy and feel better!)

  3. Menyambal says

    Ow. My sympathies.

    (I recommend bed rest with a calm dog and a lightweight tablet.)

  4. DonDueed says

    Congratulations, PZ, you are among the 1 in 500 people per year who get a skin infection. We have a winnah!

    You should get tested for Lyme disease if there’s any chance that you have been bitten by a tick. The symptoms are sometimes similar enough for a misdiagnosis, and the treatments are not the same.

  5. Ragutis says

    Well, I wasn’t worried until my local weather guy just mentioned a tornado outbreak in MN. so i ran over and lookie, you’re still there. Sorry you’re not feeling your best, though. Hope the meds do their job quick.

  6. Akira MacKenzie says

    Early last year some nasty stomach pain landed me in the ER. Turns out my gallbladder went out on me and I ended up staying four days waiting to get it the damn thing sucked out of my naval while the hospital played games.

    The end result, I lost a gallbladder and gained hospital bill that pushed me into bankruptcy. (Yes, I have insurance. Crappy, high-deductible insurance courtesy of my cheapskate employer. ) I miss the Dilaudid, though. Mmmmmmm… Hydromorphine.

  7. chris_devries says

    Careful PZ, keep an eye on that infection, make sure it isn’t, or doesn’t turn into necrotizing fasciitis. That shit is scary as hell. Hopefully the antibiotics will clear it up quickly.

  8. psanity says

    I wasn’t clear about just which nasty skin thing cellulitis is (I don’t feel bad; apparently the spellcheck here doesn’t know either), so I hied me off to Wilkipedia to be horrified. I feel that, with all the possibilities and terrifying consequences there, I’m compelled to choose the likeliest one with the best outcome —

    Level with us, PZ. You were bitten by a radioactive spider, weren’t you?

  9. magistramarla says

    I’ve become very good friends with my comfy chair since having spinal fusion surgery in April.
    I’m currently sitting in it with a heating pad wrapped around my middle since the physical therapist just finished kicking my butt a couple of hours ago.
    That infection sounds nasty. Take your antibiotics and take it easy.

  10. rorschach says

    Do NOT walk on a cellulitic leg. Your heroism will just keep you sick for longer. Get 48 hours rest with the leg on the couch and let the antibiotics kick in. Mark the affected area with a pen, if it’s not getting better in 24-48 hrs consider multiresistant bugs and get them to change antibiotics.

  11. Lady Mondegreen says

    Yeah, seriously, take good care of yourself, PZ. The Wikipedia entry on cellulitis is scary.

  12. carlie says

    Oh jeez, I’m so sorry. I hope your immune system plus drugs kick that infection’s butt soon.

  13. Beatrice, an amateur cynic looking for a happy thought says

    I hope you’ll get better soon, PZ

  14. opposablethumbs says

    Crossing all my tentacles and antennae (I can so have both. And pseudopods) for your recovery, PZ. Sounds ‘orrible, and I really hope you feel better soon.

  15. ledasmom says

    Aw, that sucks. Feel better. I generally recommend a cat for these things, but I recommend a cat for everything.
    (I just happened to read what the vet wrote at the top of our giant orange cat’s file: WITH FOOD, YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. This is entirely true for that cat.)

  16. numerobis says

    TIL: cellulite and cellulitis are very different beasts. Ouch.

    Wiki and Mayo both suggest elevation. So maybe go stick your butt in the air?

  17. janiceclanfield says

    This thread is useless without high-resolution pictures, and perhaps even a video…

  18. Ray, rude-ass yankee SJW "Bwaahahahaha!" says

    Yikes! Hope this clears up & you feel better soon.

  19. ledasmom says

    Numerobis @ 27: Should he do that in a manner that suggests that he just don’t care?

  20. Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened says

    Saw cellulitis and thought “cellulite”, and then spent a while wondering if I’d misunderstood what cellulite was because I was pretty sure it doesn’t hurt. Having now Googled the difference, you have all of my sympathies.

  21. says

    Let me tell you, cellulitis is no fun at all.

    No. No it isn’t.

    May the antibiotics kill all of the offending microbes; and I hope you recover soon!

  22. shadow says

    @14 psanity:

    Level with us, PZ. You were bitten by a radioactive spider, weren’t you?

    I’d suspect squid or zebrafish.

  23. says

    If it were a squid, that would explain why I’m having so much trouble with basic terrestrial locomotion right now.

    Gotta go talk at the evening session. Lecturing while hot waves of pain spike up through your leg is so much fun!