Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IN YOUR FACE (Make That My Face)

On Friday I had what felt like a teeny piece of glass in my cheek. See that? I asked anybody who would look. But nope, nobody saw anything. On Saturday something happened, then there was Sunday, and on Monday that teeny piece of glass had become a patch of fiery pissed off-edness on my cheek, eye and beneath my nose. See that? I asked, and people averted their eyes. Here is a photo of me* today wearing my best lift-my-spirits tropical bandana:The doctor says I have Erysipelas, also called Holy Fire. I much prefer the name Holy Fire because HOLY FUCK THIS HURTS. Basically it's an acute streptococcus bacterial infection of the deep epidermis with lymphatic spread, i.e. instead of strep throat I have STREP FACE. Let's let that sink in. Strep. In my face, yo. See also: fever, chills, fatigue and the worst migraine in the history of people hitting you in the face with a metal bat that's somehow also on fire.

I console myself with the fact that Erysipelas was the disease to get (and then die of) in Medieval times which makes me something of a novelty in 2011. I have also been consoling myself with Vicodin and some heavy duty antibiotics. Good times.

*Like I would really take and then post a photo of my own face on fire.

10 comments:

anita said...

That is HORRIBLE!!!
My son used to get "strep butt"... he would have what looked like fire-y hot diaper rash, but it was strep butt.

I am so sorry!!

arollerskatingjam said...

oh man, does that ever sound awful. then add a migraine and I am feeling so badly for you. I hope they've given you something decent for the pain. Here's to a speedy recovery.

Kimberly said...

I think that's what my son had his first week of college, he kept telling me his face felt like it was falling off. He's rather dramatic but I sent him to the nearest doc in the box. Hoping you feel better soon.
kim

Anonymous said...

Thank God for Vicodin and antibiotics..get better soon.
Jess

krista said...

what the french motherfucking toast????
dude. susannah. fire face es no bueno.
how in the? what the? how do you even get strep face?
please feel better soon.
xoxo

Michelle M in KY said...

OH SUSANNAH...
I hope you feel better VERY soon. I had no idea you could get strep of the face.

beachbungalow8 said...

I had a giant elbow, staph thing about a month ago. I feel for you. at least I could wear sleeves.
*isn't it awesome that, we moms, have an armory of pain meds always on hand?

jennifer said...

yikes! be well

Geli said...

If you feel like it sounds - terrible indeed, then you have all my sympathies. It's awful when you're sick especially when you have small children who still need Mommy to function. Feel better soon!

Taryn said...

Oh my gosh feel better soon --and take all the antibiotics even when you start feeling better lol