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April 27, 2010

Oh Hey

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — marathonmaiden @ 16:29

Remember me? Guess I fell off the face of the planet for a second with all my work catch-up and life stuff. And warning, it may happen again in the next few weeks so if I go on a hiatus don’t be alarmed.

I really haven’t felt like blogging because, while still on a semi-Boston high, I have only run two 7 milers since the race.  Which I guess is fine. I really wanted to have run more this week but I do have a good reason for that. As well as not being good at responding to comments or emails and commenting on blogs. Or even keeping up with my schoolwork!

AKA I got cellulitis. Again.  I don’t think I was blogging way back when I had it for the first time in January ’09 but it’s the same deal now but just in a different toe and even a different foot. For those of you who aren’t medically attune cellulitis is the inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation in the skin.  It’s most commonly in the legs and feet and needs antibiotics to get better.

Apparently I had/have a bad case as my big toe was red on Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon I had streaking up into my mid-quad.  Yeah, not to good.  So my friends basically kidnapped me to the ER (I was tutoring and wanted to finish my shift. Oh priorities) and I was started on I.V. antibiotics.

That was Sunday night and as I type this right now (Tuesday afternoon) I’ve had 6 rounds of the antibiotics.  The intense pain from the swelling has subsided and the bright red coloring is fading slowly.  Good thing too.  So far I’ve only been an outpatient, if (at my 0530 round) I hadn’t shown signs of getting better, guess who was going to be admitted to the hospital? Yeah.  Me.

But that wasn’t the case and I’m still an outpatient. It was a close call too.  Last night at the ER the doctor wanted to admit me then and there (because the streaking had reached my groin and lymph nodes) and I fought tooth and nail to sleep the night in my own bed.

I have another round of I.V. stuff tonight at 2200 and then again tomorrow at 0600, at which time I get re-evaluated to see if I can take the I.V. that’s currently in my arm out and go on another oral antibiotic.  Yes that’s right, *another*. As in I was prescribed one this morning in addition to the I.V. bags. And antibiotics kill all bacteria if you get my drift…

So if you could send positive vibes my way that’d be great.  I’m running on no sleep (Monday = 0430 wakeup and 0200 Tuesday AM bedtime with a Tuesday wake up at 0500)…well I guess I’m not really running at the moment but you get the idea.

And since this is a running blog, not a bitch and moan about infections blog, I debated whether or not to post this about my ailment.  BUT I obviously did.  Because I want EVERYONE to be really careful about cuts!! And blisters!! This infection started out as a cut on my big toe and I clearly didn’t tend to it well enough (or possibly for long enough because I definitely was attentive when I got it).

But enough about my toe! Since I’m not running at all (or even working out.  Which means MM = going stir crazy) I’m going to talk about Boston some more.  As in this past week, like I think I mentioned over the weekend, so many people have been congratulating me.  Which is still really good (and I’m clearly still wearing the jacket haha).  But the other night at the dining hall my area coordinator stopped me and congratulated me and was saying that at one of the Student Life meetings, the staff was talking about me and how awesome I did.  Way cool 🙂

AND since I’m wearing my jacket EVERYWHERE I’ve been talking about the race to the staff at the ER.  And, because everyone loves compliments, I’ve been basking in the glow of all the congrats and bug eyes when I tell them my time (sure for some of you it might not be impressive but to these guys it was/has been).  And in a it’s-a-small-world moment one of my nurses today actually *saw* me there at the finish line.  Seriously.  She was able to tell me exactly where it was and who I was with.  I guess she was leaving the Sox game at the same time I was hanging out with my family at the end.  I mean, with all the people in the city of Boston (not to mention all the people showing up for Marathon Monday) she was able to remember me.  So weird but cool in a way too.

Alright.  Need to go lay down and relax.  Per doctors orders.  Send some good vibes for that too because I am soooo New England and relax isn’t exactly in my vocabulary.

Giveaways from Jenna and Matt


  1. Hope you feel better soon. Sounds like a really scary infection. Yikes!

    Comment by Chelsea — April 27, 2010 @ 16:47

  2. Oh Jesus! AHHH! My head is literally exploding thinking about this. Geez, you get to bitch and moan as much as you want! Seriously, I googled cellulitis and almost passed out looking at the pictures. Sending you mad, mad healing vibes.

    Comment by sarah — April 27, 2010 @ 16:47

  3. Yikes!! Get better soon!

    Comment by Kim — April 27, 2010 @ 17:21

  4. Wow, that is totally nuts! Glad you are on top of it though- and your friends took care of you too!

    RE post boston high: woo hooo! That is such a good thing! Nothing like the first Boston, for sure so enjoy it as much as you can. You should be SO PROUD. Forreals.

    Anddd, I’m sending my super-power healing vibes your way. I would appreciate it if you would send me your mad-training skills (as it seems you don’t need them at the moment) because I’m a bit over my head with my training right now and am trying to draw inspiration from your most-hard-core-ever workouts. 🙂

    Comment by tmart — April 27, 2010 @ 17:50

  5. Congrats on Boston again! And cellulitis is no joke! I actually had the same thing a five years ago and had to be admitted overnight for IV antibiotics after the oral ones didn’t work. Make sure you be careful with it so it doesn’t spread and infect the bone ’cause that would be really really horrible.

    Hope you rest and recover well! Continue to wear your jacket proudly! You ran a great time! Don’t let anyone else tell you differently…

    Comment by The Laminator — April 27, 2010 @ 18:25

  6. That’s crazy! Hope everything is healing up nicely. Good thing it didn’t happen right before Boston! And you gotta love the post-marathon high 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — April 27, 2010 @ 18:30

  7. Cellulitis? I’ve never heard of it but it sounds like a awful deal. I’m sending positive vibes for lots of sleep your way- sounds like it’s been a stressful week!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — April 27, 2010 @ 19:34

  8. OH NO oh my goodness!!! Yikes! I’m sending tons & tons of good thoughts your way. I’m glad you’re getting taken care of and hope you get better super fast! And keep on rocking that jacket 🙂

    Comment by Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 27, 2010 @ 19:52

  9. That sounds awful! I am going to be completely paranoid about cuts and blisters now. Hope you get better soon.

    Comment by Jess — April 27, 2010 @ 21:39

  10. Wow, you have not had good luck with the super random injuries. Sending positive vibes right back at you! Doesn’t it suck sometimes to be a New Englander? Why can’t we just relax and chill out? Good luck with everything, only a few more weeks it’s going to fly by! (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself)

    Comment by BostonRunner — April 27, 2010 @ 22:22

  11. oh no!! feel better soon!

    Comment by runningfiance — April 28, 2010 @ 10:46

  12. yikes!! i’m glad you got it checked out right away, that’s nothing to mess around with! at least you didn’t have a flare up during the marathon, right? rest up…and continue to wear your jacket while you do so! 🙂

    Comment by HurdlingHam — April 28, 2010 @ 11:22

  13. I totally understand the post-Boston high. I think it’s finally starting to wear off, more than a week after the big race.

    But the news of your latest conditions is SO FRIGHTENING! Please, don’t even think about running until you have completely recovered. I know you’re not going to listen to this advice (this coming from someone who surely would be wanting to run as soon as possible regardless of whatever afflictions or troubles I might have), but please take care of yourself!

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — April 28, 2010 @ 13:25

  14. aww – feel better!! maybe it’s a sign that some relaxation is in order? i am sending you ANTIBACTERIAL vibes!

    (of course, i’m wondering what they put you on! can’t help it 🙂 nafcillin, vanc, unasyn, a fluoroquinolone? must. get. out. of. work. mode!

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — April 28, 2010 @ 13:45

  15. I hope the celulitus clears up quickly, my gran had that last year in her legs and it was really painful for her. Hope you’re back on your feet soon, and keep wearing your jacket 😉

    Comment by Laura — April 28, 2010 @ 17:20

  16. Hey, that jacket isn’t a suit of armour – look after yourself! Hope you feel better soon. Try to be patient and get the rest you need and you’ll be back out there soon enough.

    Comment by Ian — April 28, 2010 @ 20:58

  17. Hey girl-

    Hang in there, I know life’s not fun right now but you need to take care of yourself. You will be back and running soon enough. Happy to hear that you didn’t need to be IP.

    Get well soon.

    Comment by run4may — April 28, 2010 @ 21:30

  18. awwwww SISTA whatttt the PAIN!?! ouch my girllll! I am for sure sending you GET BETTA vibes! 🙂 you NEED TO REST my love! (I know that’s hard!) BUT the more you rest NOW the less you will have to rest later! EMAIL me if you need a BUDDY to talk to! 🙂
    I miss you pretty lady!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — April 29, 2010 @ 11:14

  19. You’re still in the jacket. I love it. No more being a hero. Seek medical attention at the first hint of an oddity. You of all people should know this Ms. Pre-Med.

    Comment by a marathoner — April 29, 2010 @ 17:17

  20. […] I just re-read that transition and my first thought was: “Oh snap another toe infection?” hahah […]

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  21. […] spreading.  I shudder to think of what it would have been if I had waited the 8+ hours.  Likely I’d have been on IVs again. Sorry for those who get squeemish. I just really love this picture. And those that have been taken […]

    Pingback by WATERFIRE « MarathonMaiden's Blog — August 30, 2010 @ 16:02

  22. […] spreading.  I shudder to think of what it would have been if I had waited the 8+ hours.  Likely I’d have been on IVs again. Sorry for those who get squeemish. I just really love this picture. And those that have been taken […]

    Pingback by WATERFIRE « MarathonMaiden's Blog — August 30, 2010 @ 16:02

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