Monday, December 20, 2010

It's Back

If you hate not so good health news, read no further.

The fungal infection in my hand is back, and has spread. Right index finger, as before, but it started in the right pinkie, and not at the tip, like the other, but at the joint.

I felt it coming, which is strange. I saw just a tiny bit of red, felt a tiny twinge, nothing anyone would think about. Got to see the physician assistant at my doctor's office. She didn't think anything of it. I think she decided i was a hypochondriac, but was trying to be polite. This weekend, thank goodness my doc was on call and seeing patients at the office, and he has me back on meds.

Dang, i was on an antifungal for 6 months! This should have been taken care of. For it to come back, and flare up as fast as it did (the index finger was normal one day and horribly swollen when i woke the next morning), means a different antifungal and lots of prayer and watching. If this doesn't take care of it, the next step is the stronger stuff that costs a ton and can get you hospitalized because of side effects, or because it can only be administered in the hospital.

My doctor admits to being stumped. He has never seen a fungal infection come back like this in his 23 years of practice.

So, lots of prayer or good vibes or whatever you do, please. I would also join you in crossing my fingers, but it hurts too much.

Today is:

Feast of Winter Solstice -- China

Fete des Cafres -- Reunion (commemorates freeing of the slaves)

Go Caroling Day

International Human Solidarity Day -- UN

Mudd Day (Don't hang your head in shame if your name is Mudd! Today is your day.)

National Sangria Day (If you still aren't ready for Christmas, you might need it.)

Snowflake-Riding Championships -- Fairy Calendar (no Goblins allowed!)

St. Ignatius of Antioch's Day

Winter Solstice Eve

Yalda -- Iran (Persian winter solstice festival)

Birthdays Today:

David Cook, 1982
Billy Bragg, 1957
Uri Geller, 1946
Peter Criss, 1945
George Roy Hill, 1922
Irene Dunne, 1898
Harvey Firestone, 1868

Today in History:

Vespasian enters Rome to claim the title of Emperor, 69
Richard the Lionheart is captured in Vienna, 1192
Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta, 1522
Peter the Great orders the Russian New Year changed from Sept 1 to Jan 1, 1699
The Louisiana Purchase is formally transferred from France to US for $27M, 1803
The international cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls, 1883
North America's longest railway, at 50,000km, the Canadian National Railways, is established, 1919
The first international dogsled mail leaves Minot, Maine for Montreal, Quebec, 1928
Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom, 1955
Djibouti and Vietnam join the United Nations, 1977
NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X, 1996
US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of "intelligent design" in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 2005
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days, 2007


  1. I shall keep good thoughts, and send good thoughts, about your hand.

  2. Thank you, Leah. Everything is appreciated.

  3. Good thoughts and prayers for complete healing, Mimi!

  4. Oh no, that sounds nasty. Sending best, healing thoughts your way, dear cat lady!

  5. I had a fungal infection in my toe nail. No topical treatment ever got rid of it, although I did make my own treatment of borax on an under the infected nail that did (almost) keep it under control.
    It finally took 18months of taking anti-fungal tablets to completely get rid of it and another few months for the nail to look normal again.

    So, have patience it is going to take a long time and remember that even when it seems to have gone it may still be there, lurking or the spores may be there for years just waiting for the conditions to be right again to sprout.

    Despair not as long as you keep on top of it it is nothing more than a nuisance.

    Good Luck