To the person that just wanted to inform pickers of infections…I know exactly where they are coming from. This November I was rushed to the emergency room, all three doctors that I went to could not explain the lump in my lymph node right under my chin. I had to go through a CT scan and three x-rays, but they still had no idea. I got omitted into the hospital that night, and had to have an emergency surgery the next morning. The surgeon had to make a three inch incision under my chin and insert a tube to drain the fluid from my lymph node. They took the fluid and ran multiple tests. They came back that evening to tell me I had a STAFF infection, and they believed that if they didn’t catch it earlier that it would have become MERSA and it could have spread all over my body. The doctors concluded that I picked up the infection some how due to the three very large picking sores that I had on my chin at the time. I spent a week in the hospital.
To this day, I still pick. And I have ever since I was in 3rd grade….I’m a second semester senior now. I’m slowly working my way to recovery, but it’s still so hard to quit something you have done for most of your lifetime.
Any helpful tips?
No one should ever have to experience the hospital like I did, it was scary and unnecessary. To everyone that picks: please be careful, and we can all fight this together. <3
Wow thanks for the cautionary tale, staff and mersa are serious buisness :S glad you’re okay!