Saturday, October 04, 2008

"I'm Home"

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I appreciate it a lot. I am home now finally, I thought that I was going to be in the hospital forever. I went to the emergency room Tuesday night because my hand swelled up super huge and I got a huge blister filled with who knows what and I was starting to get red streaks up my arm and on the palm of my hand. I could not bend my finger at all.



What happened was on Sunday I got a paper cut that got infected on Monday night while I was sleeping with either a strep or staph infection. I went to my doctor on Tuesday morning and she gave me a tetanus shot and an super powerful anti-biotic shot (in the butt) she sent me home with prescription pain killers and an anti-biotic and said if it gets worse come in Wednesday, otherwise come in Thursday for a follow up. Well, later Tuesday night the infection just took off. I had to have surgery Wednesday so they could scrape the infected tissue off of my tendon. It was real bad. When I went in for the surgery, the surgeon couldn't guarantee that I was going to come out with my finger. I was so scared. They did get all of the infected tissue out and I still have my finger and the use of my hand. I was very lucky. It was too swollen to close the incision and they said that I might have to go back to surgery next week to close it but after looking at it after the surgery, the doc said that he is pretty sure it will close on it's own. Which is good, I didn't want to have another surgery. I have to do physical and occupational therapy on it and won't have full mobility of my hand for at least 4 months. I can't believe it. A paper cut. I got released from the hospital on Saturday and I am glad to be home.

These are the after pictures. Sorry they are super gross I know. I didn't know if I should post them or not. I probably shouldn't have cause they are yucky. But at least it is better and I just have to heal now.

I had my first stamp camp Saturday and I wasn't going to stamp but after an hour I couldn't help myself. I used my left hand and the stamp-a-ma-jig and the cards I made didn't look too bad. I only made two of them cause that's all I could handle. I hope to get back to stamping soon. I already miss it so much. I will post the things that I made at stamp camp and I will have to go from there. Thanks again for your well wishes and for keeping me in your prayers. And sorry for the gross pictures. LOL

50 comments:

Nancy said...

OMWord Rochelle! A paper cut?!?! Who would have thought a paper cut could do so much damage.
Dear Lord you were so lucky....and I thank Him.
Take care.

Elaine said...

OMG!@! OWWWIEEE!!!
Wishing you a good recovery and speedy too.

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW!! Haven't had coffee w/ya lately so just reading this. Busy here. Praying that God will provide healing and a quick recovery. Tammy
ps. baby shower is next weekend so I'm looking forward to making "the cake." Have the stuff just need some creative time.

Kristine Reynolds said...

Eeeewwwww...that looks way worse than it even sounded when I talked to you. Glad you're home. Hope your mom arrived safely and you're enjoying your time with her!

Tina in NH said...

Paper cuts take on a whole new meaning....Unbelievable! I hope the healing process goes well. Take care.

Lauri said...

wow..a paper cut...good thing you went to the ER when you did, though! Glad you are home and recovering!

Courtney said...

oh that is sooooo scary! Bless your heart! I was praying for you... Man, I'm gonna start putting bandaids on my papercuts now! ouch!

pescbrico said...

Wow, this is really a bad infection. Talk to your doctor about when you can start moving your finger to avoid having it stop folding or extending. If you have hand specialist in your area ask for a referal (It look like I'm giving you an order... I'm not, it's just that English not behing my primary langage something words does not sounds right). You could also ask you doctor how you can massage the scared tissus to avoid any big scare on the long term. It's good that you want to craft so much! It will help you use your hand and finger really fast and avoid a lot of complications :)
I hope everything will get much better from now on! Have a great day.

Lorie said...

Oh, my gosh! Rochelle...how scary! I'm so glad that you are okay! I hope that you we recover very quickly and that the pain isn't too bad. Please send me your address so I can get a little card out to ya!

Basement Stamper said...

OUCH, that looks so painful and I'm glad they were able to get everything out and hopefully you are on the mend.

Dawn O (dostamping) said...

Wow Rochelle - I'm sorry that you had to go through all that. How scary! I hope your recovery goes well and fast.

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Oh my gosh. That is incredible. I pray for quick healing and faster than expected recovery for you...and that the pain is minimal. It looks incredibly sore.

WandaG_CT said...

Oh my goodness, hope you are doing OK. It may look gross now but I bet it looked a whole lot worse before the surgery! Guess you won't be washing any dishes for a while - whoo hoo!

chinamomxtwo said...

yikes! Thanks goodness everything turned out okay! Take the doctor's advise & follow all the instructions so your recovery doesn't go backwards!!

Pam Clay said...

Oh-MY-GOOSSHH!!!! I feel so bad for you! Sending more prayers your way for a speedy recovery and easy days.

Shelly Koskinen said...

WOW! Who knew that we had such a dangerous hobby!!! Hope that you are feeling better soon.

Shelly Koskinen said...

WOW! Who knew that we had such a dangerous hobby!!! Hope that you are feeling better soon.

JoAnna Goodman said...

Wow! I am so glad you are ok! I sure hope you get to feeling better soon! Take care!! Hugs!!!

Anonymous said...

Get better soon! And man, that just looks like it HURTS.

Best wishes,
Susan in MA

Dawn Mercedes said...

Lots and lots of hugs coming your way! ugh!

Anonymous said...

Rochelle - I'm sorry to hear about your terrible injury... and I'm shocked that this all started out as a paper cut. I can only imagine how scary that must have been but I'm so relieved that the surgery was a success.

I'm enjoy visiting your blog and hope that the healing process goes smoothly and quickly! :)

Marica

Anonymous said...

Wow, who knew paper crafts were so dangerous!!! Take good care of yourself!

Nicole said...

Holy Cow!!
I'm so glad everything turned out OK. Sending good and healing vibes your way!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that you are home. Sounds like you have a lengthy recovery to be back to normal. My prayers are with you. What a horrible experience you have had this past week. May the coming days get better and better.

Patricia

Jennifer Orbaker said...

Oh my goodness!!! I am so glad that you were able to keep your finger. Those staph infections are nothing to mess with! I pray that you will recover quickly!

Cheryl said...

Ow, that hurts just looking at it. I'm glad that they were able to get everything. Hope you soon start feeling much better.

Lori A. said...

Bless your heart! I hope you get better really quick!!

Queen Mary said...

I'm keeping this post for the next kid who complains when I clean out their cut! Oh My Goodness! This is horrific! I can't imagine what you were going through wondering if you'd come out with your hand intact! God bless you young lady!

RoseBros said...

OMGosh, Rochelle!
I am SO sorry that happened. yikes! Glad you are on the mend now...hope it goes as well as it can and quickly!
glad you got to stamp on Saturday. bet that felt good!
Thanks for posting the pictures. hard as it is for us to see (I feel so badly for you!), it is good for us to know. who would have thought!
Hugs and Smiles from beautiful Minnesota!!! (and let me say, I'm *sure* this wouldn't have happened if you were still living here! hee-hee!)
: )
~Jody

Anonymous said...

Wow... who would think that a paper cut would turn into something that terrible.... well best wishes for a speedy recovery and that you can have your talented stamping hand back... my thoughts and prayers are with you...
Melissa in Wisconsin...

Michelle said...

OMG! That's from a papercut! How scary! I'm glad you are out of the hospital and I hope it heals quickly!

kat said...

OMG, Rochelle! You sure have the strangest things go wrong; I remember the trouble you had just before you went to Yosemite. I'm glad to hear you're doing well. If you need any help, let me know.

Christi said...

Goodness Rochelle!! All of that from a paper cut? Geeze! I am SO sorry that you're having to go through all of this and I pray that you will have a speedy recovery.

Bella Rose Creations said...

I looked at the pictures BEFORE reading the text...a PAPERCUT!!! I thought you dropped a knife on it or something. SORRY for the late well wishes...I am on digest...but I'm sort of glad that by the time I found out you are on the mend and still have all your fingers! Feel better and take it slow...all your loyal readers will be here when your hand gets up to snuff.

Debby said...

Amazing what a cut can do. Glad your home and doing better. Prayers for quick healing.
Angel hugs
Debby
Your home state of MN

Anonymous said...

Wow. So glad this worked out for you. The pics were scary, but I'm glad you posted them. Take it easy!!

Catherine said...

OMG! i'm so glad your home and doing better!

Michelle said...

WOW Rochelle - a paper cut?? Who knew that stamping could be a health hazard?! So glad to hear you are back home again - you take care.
God bless
Michelle SBS10

Whimsey said...

If you say you got the paper cut doing those punches I am going to PASS OUT!!!!!!! Rochelle - OH MY GOSH GIRLFRIEND!!

Take care; rest easy and get better...soon!

BIG HUGS!!

~Michele, SBS10

JOAN said...

OMG!! You will be on my prayers for a full recovery. I can't believe that a paper cut can cause such an infection!!! God bless you.

Joan SBS10

Latisha said...

OMGoodness, a paper cut! Wow. I hope you hand heals fast & that it doesn't hurt too much.
big hugs to you!

Sara Paschal said...

Rochelle, how amazing is this. Who would have thought such a thing could happen. I am glad you are on the road to getting better, keeping you in my thoughts.

mercedes said...

Rochelle: So glad you are on the mend. I have a question, though, has the subject of MRSA ever come up in your discussion with your doctor?

jeannine said...

Oh my gosh you poor thing! I hope you are on the mend and will be back to dazzling us soon with your gorgeous creations! That really looks like it hurt too! Wow, a paper cut! I'm such a germ nut I pour peroxide over every cut I get. I wish you a speedy recovery - God Bless!

Miss Mike said...

Oh you poor girl! I can't believe that would happen after a paper cut. That is so scary. I hope you are doing better now. Take good care of yourself and follow the docs advise and take it easy!

cyndi said...

om goodness! i am so glad you are ok...a freaking paper cut!!! that is insane! and super scary! I haven't checked blogs in a week or so and oh my! the things that happen! who knew paper crafts could be so dangerous. So glad you are better!
or at least out of the woods!

xoxo
cyndi

Michelle said...

Hey Rochelle.
JoAnna told me about your paper cut yesterday. I haven't been checking blogs in a while and oh my! I showed this to my son who is 9 and always gives me a fit when I try to clean his cuts. I don't think he will give me any more trouble! I am glad you posted the pictures, my son needed to see it to see how serious cuts can get really quickly. Hope you heal quickly.
Hugs,
Michelle

nalyjuan said...

O my goodness...I hope and pray you are feeling better. O my I can't believe a paper cut did all this damage! I wish you a SUPER SPEEDY RECOVERY!

Chrissy D said...

OUCH!!!! I think this is the first I have seen these pictures! I hope you are healing quickly Rochelle! (((HUGS)))

susanne sorensen said...

just got back from holiday and read your post. Ouchie!!

who knew a paper cut could become so serious. i will keep neosporin in my craft room from now on.

prayers for continued and complete healing.