Dog bite problems – Saturday, April 22

I hope you’re doing well and your health is holding up as best as possible ❤️

I’m doing okay — I got bit by my neighbors dog on Saturday, April 22 when I was babysitting him (the bite took a little chunk of flesh out of my right hand middle finger)

and I’m still having issues.

Moments after the bite, I went to the ER for an evaluation and a tetanus shot, but the ER was busy so after waiting 5 hours I left the ER and on Sunday, April 25th I went to Rite Aid where they gave me a Tetanus shot.

(Admittedly, I did NOT clean the bite well — I was so shocked that he bit me, I didn’t know what to do, so I went into default mode, which was to go to Cedars…)

Before I went to the ER, I did immediately drip IV Invanz, which I have been doing since developing some suspected Diverticulitis I developed in January.

On the evening of Monday, April 24th Noah and I went to Canada, a trip that was important. So I brought the IV supplies with me, but as often happens, due to the choas of traveling I wasn’t the most compliant–

We returned on Monday, May 1st.

The issue is now, that my finger that I was bit is still a little swollen and it hurts, and I feel this pressure feeling in my arm.

Right now, I’m working on being super compliant, including getting dosed up probably on my immunoglobulin (which at the time of the bite I was way below proper dose level).

Due to my immundeficiency, I’m not going to have a lot of the red or pus like a normal person (ie the splinter in my toe when my toe looked normal), but I’m concerned that I’m still feeling pain over a week after the initial bite.

I was wondering if you think I should change my antibiotics, add a course of vancomycin, or do something different 🤔

(This is my neighbors dog, but I also had a bunch of rabies shots in the fall of 2005, so I’m not worried about rabies).

Thank you very much for your help and insight. Its the fact I still feel pain and pressure in my arm that concerns me. I hope things are going well for you 🙂

First video was taken soon after the bite. (The scratch on the other finger was a paper cut earlier in the day).

The second video was taken a few minutes ago, today Friday May 5, about 13 days after the initial bite.

Thank you ❤️

About hopeforanswers

Some kind of rare immune deficiency, yet to be determined. A lifetime of infections without an elevated white cell blood or fever. Very grateful to be alive, very thankful for the friends who’ve supported me and for access to literally millions of dollars worth of medical care. I’m not the bubble child, I’m somewhere in between.
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