WELL....the finger is doing much better, but I spent a couple of hours at the doctor's yesterday getting and abscess checked out.
The lab results came back from the swab they took of the finger, and sure enough, it's an MRSA bacteria.
Since the Keflex the walk-in clinic doctor prescribed me is totally ineffective against this particular strain, my regular doctor told me to stop taking it, and prescribed two new antibiotics for me to take.
Lacking lab results, I'm sure the doctor at the walk-in ordered what he thought was an appropriate antibiotic.
I'm now taking Clindamycin and Trimethoprim, which from what I've read is a pretty potent combination.
As far as the abscess goes, it started out looking like a pimple, right on my belt line, and got very irritated. Within 48 hours of having my finger checked out, it was huge, painful, and draining on its own.
The draining on its own was a Good Thing, as my doctor didn't have to open it up, but holy smokes.....it feels like a red hot poker jabbing me!
At times like this I realize how fortunate I am to have good quality medical care, a decent job, and a loving wife to "take care" of me.
No, I'm not playing it up, but she does make sure I follow doctor's orders!
And my doctor told me to stay home from work, get plenty of rest, drink LOTS of water, and come back Monday morning to see how things are progressing.
So, I'm off until Tuesday. With this bum finger and sore-at-the-waistband, though, I can't do any of the tinkering I'd normally do in my off-time, and that's a bummer.