Skip to comments.Prayer warriors, please keep my son in your prayers!! [Update in #122]
Posted on 06/30/2014 11:06:30 AM PDT by trussell
More prayer needed for my family. My son was having troubles with the side of his big toe, at the edge of the toenail...I took him to urgent care/walk-in clinic and they said he had an infection and we should soak it in epsom salts, keep it clean and keep the toenails cut even. They gave him some antibiotics.
He went to camp the first week of June and when he came home, the other foot had sores on both sides of the big toe! ...and the first toe was worse. We cleaned them the same as the other foot, tried to keep them cleaned up and soaked them and then wrapped them before he went to camp for the second week. He got back Saturday and the toes were oozing puss and crusty and bloody. They were so bad I called everyone in my phone book to beg for a ride to the urgent care.
Finally found a ride and when they saw his toes, they said "this is bad". They searched for signs of an ingrown toenail in both toes and said that was not the issue. They said it was important to get him in to see a podiatrist, immediately. They prescribed a cream for the toes (the cream was denied by our insurance), told us to clean both toes with peroxide, put the cream on the sides of the nails where the nail meets the skin, cover with a 2x2 piece of gauze then wrap with gauze wrap (the disposable kind). They gave us a few pieces of gauze and a small amount of the wrap, but no tape. I got a few latex gloves to keep from passing anything to his toes and taking a chance of making the infection worse. At this point, it looks like he will lose his toenail at minimum...and if things dont get done quickly, he could lose both big toes. I am using neosporin ointment in place of the prescription cream they wanted used.
Cody needs prayers, really bad! Please...pray for Cody's medical needs. Also, does anyone have any medical supplies they don't need anymore? We need 2x2 gauze, 4x4 gauze (for cleaning), gauze wrap (2"wide roll)...bigger would probably be ok...peroxide, medical tape...the nylon style would be easier but any available would help!! Neosporin cream, cotton swabs to apply the ointment. Please, if you have any of these, contact me and I will give you an address. I am praying several people will have bits and pieces they are willing to send so I get a little bit of everything needed. God bless you all for the prayers and any help provided for the supplies.
Another issue, does anyone know how to treat poison ivy? He either has a rash that is from poison ivy or from a reaction to something he is allergic to.
Prayer warrior ping...please pray and if you have any medical supplies you can spare, please contact me for an address where they can be sent! Thank you!
You, your son and your daughter are in my prayers. And I hope Cody is soon healed and literally back on his feet again soon.
Immediately take him to the hospital Emergency Room and find a specialist in infectious disease control.
This is way above Urgent Care abilities. MRSA is deadly.
praying for your son’s healing. may God bless you and yours.
please get the presciption cream the doctor recommended!!
Call the DR office and ask if they have samples or if manufacturer will comp the cream if you cannot afford it
Or call the pharm company yourself, and your County Health Department
Look up free health clinics in your area to get medical supplies
You do NOT want to mess with antibiotic resistant infections, staph, MRSA etc
Go to ER stat if there is ANY STATUS change in ANY of his physical condition including redness, swelling, spreading, fever nausea lethargy as this can go septic and get into bloodstream and go fast, in hours
Don’t want to alarm you but do want to alert you
Prayers up indeed! Did they not give him oral antibiotic prescription?
Best way to heal poison ivy is still the old fashioned way - dry it up. It’s the liquid from sores which helps the toxin spread. Calamine lotion still works great for that. And...no scratching!
Prayers are up!
Also staf infections are being treated with silver. Ask about that and get cracking.
Prayers are up, dear trussel.
Sorry, failed to mention that. He got a shot of steroids, a prescription for steroids and cephalexin (antibiotic). I will have to see if we have calamine and get that on the rash on his feet. If not, will alcohol work to dry it out?
There aren't any here. I went to the food pantry today and got some latex gloves but that was all they had. I asked about all the other supplies I needed and they searched, but were so sorrowful to have to tell me they didn't have any. As for the cream, they didn't have samples and I was told "no" when I asked if the company could help me. I have no transportation unless I beg of my church friends or boyscout moms. It's getting harder and harder to find anyone willing to give me a ride. I have no way to get to the ER unless I go by ambulance, and then we have no way home. I will watch for those symptoms and call for an ambulance if they happen...that is a promise! Thank you for the information!
Would not use alcohol. You want a cream which covers and dries the skin. Alcohol could actually spread the toxin. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply if you can’t find calamine.
As someone who went through something very similar to this, the infection damn near killed me and ruined my health for the long term. I BEGGED the podiatrist to remove parts of the nails (on the sides down to the base), but he refused and gave me some damn worthless cream and told me to take aspirin. It took 6 years before I finally got a podiatrist to properly excise the infected parts of the nails.
If the toenails need to be removed, get them removed now, or at least the sides. Creams and whatnot do not work. If there’s an infection, it means the nail has already penetrated through the skin into the bloodstream, and that is what must be treated.
Prayers for your son in the matter.
If he is a Boy Scout then his leader has first aid supplies like gauze etc
Do not hesitate to tell his troop leader about the situation and ask for help! That is what Scouts do for Scouts! and it is not “begging” to tell your church when you need help. We are all brothers and sisters in faith.
Fels naptha soap was invented for poison ivy. Its been aroubd for about a century. Do research on it.
Prayers up, my FRiend.
I had a badly infected big toe 25 years ago ... had to have a chunk removed due to gangrene ...
This is SERIOUS ,, clean thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide , remove any dead skin , crusty mess and anything that looks bad ... find any general broad spectrum antibiotic capsule you may have (amoxicillin is good),, if you don’t have any ask the neighbors... break the capsule apart and put the powder directly into the wound.
If it looks like it’s responding you’ll be ok ,,, if there is any sign of necrosis or it doesn’t respond get to an ER.
a prescription for steroids and cephalexin (antibiotic)
Ceph is good ,, break one open and apply directly...
Trussell, you have my thoughts and prayers. But please take him to the emergency room.
Like others here have said, people in your church and the scout troop should be more than willing to help.
If you cannot get a ride, then call for an ambulance. I’m financially broke, too. But, sometimes, in a medical crisis, we have no choice but to go into debt. You can worry about a ride home when you get to the hospital. The hospital might be able to arrange a ride home for you and your son.
Just prayed an urgent prayer for your son.
Prayers up! I am going through an infected toe of my own for the past few weeks, ugh! Remember, if he gets a fever, or redness/swelling/pain get worse get to the ER immediately.
25 years ago MRSA wasn’t such a threat, nor were staf infections treated with liquid silver. This situation has burned too much clock already, and infections have become increasingly dangerous and expoentially life threatening.
I join in earnest prayer for your son!
Rita - I agree. This needs urgent care at the hospital where specialists in infection control can determine what is causing the infection. Minimally a culture needs to be taken and antibiotic sensitivity tests dome. You are right MRSA is nothing to dally with.
Perhaps the boy needs to be on intravenous antibiotics to get the medication into his system rapidly.
This is way above Urgent Care abilities. MRSA is deadly.
Seems in this case resources and even transportation are scary absent. It’s a matter of finding help on this front also. I pray help will appear.
I have told him that if he has any change in how he feels, he needs to let me know immediately and we will get him in. Somehow. I just don’t know how yet...
Check post 29.
Thanks, I’m glad you agree that more is needed on the front end of this, to prevent spiraling into possibly even immenent danger and great expenses.
You are held in prayer with your dear son.
Is he running fever now, may I ask?
It occurs to me possibly this is blood borne only because of jumping to the other toe. My son was taking intravenous antibiotics in the hospital at 10,000 units a day against staf, just to take down a small, clean nodule located at the base of his skull above the neck, when he was only five years old.
Best prayers up, trussell.
I learned about this a few months ago, can't remember how; but my son (no insurance) has to take a bunch of meds for autoimmune disease, and what used to cost $400/month is around $100 with the GoodRx coupons.
I hope this helps you to afford the prescribed cream.
His rash could be part of the infection. When it was just the toe, localized infection; a rash sometimes comes about when the infection has invaded his bloodstream, a systemic infection.
Please don't hesitate to get him to the hospital for an eval. It can go downhill very fast. You have my prayers.
Crap. That link didn’t work.
Go to www.goodrx.com
Take the advice of the good people here to get Cody to the ER stat....and tell THAT PERSON who won’t drive you back and forth that if something happens to that sweet boy, it’s on HIS HEAD! This is beyond cruelty to deny him access to something that will help him heal. It’s criminal!
Thank you. Those prayers are definitely appreciated! If the urgent care center says he needs to see a podiatrist, will the podiatrist be ready to treat him aggresively for the condition he is facing? What about his primary care doctor? They want to see him/evaluate him before they schedule/refer him to the podiatrist!
By the way, I can pray for him and you. I just wish I lived closer. You would not be dealing with this. You do the need help of someone local.
Thank you so much, again! No fever at the moment, but he seems a bit moist on his forehead.
Unfortunately, Laz isn’t that close...he’s several hours away.
I would first call an infectious disease specialist and ask for help, and ask to speak to the doctor himself, or to his nurse, or his PA (physician’s assistant), or call the Urgent Care facility and ask them for a referral to an infectious disease doctor, or call the podiatrist and ask for a referral to an infectious disease specialist, or move into the hospital Emergency Room and ask for an infectious disease specialist.
Count the days you have been dealing with this and the advancing infection and be sure and tell them you are now very concerned this is spiraling into danger. They will listen. Let us know.
Just got a call from the doctor’s office, they have an appointment for him tomorrow at 3 pm...they are calling our transport service for medical transport and arranging the trip for us so we can bypass the 3 day notice they usually require. I just tried to get a ride from another source and was told they would not take us just because some internet doctors say we need to go there.
Trussel, I am thanks full to God that you have a way to the doctor. If you are not satisfied with the antibiotics progress by morning, be prepared to ask the doctor at your 3:00 appointment for a referral to a specialist.
On the other hand, you and we are interested in trying first to stave off the unknowns, the worst case scenarios against staf, or of MERS. We do not know if the condition is that critical, but that is why you and we want to find out quickly as possible. So, don’t panic.
YOU are doing everything possible and acting fast. God will bear you up through the night. If there are no pink streaks upward from the site and he isn’t running temperature, then rest well tonight.
You have all of our prayers, dear one.
I hope and pray your son isn’t in too much pain so he too can sleep. God be with you and your guardian angels be of comfort, lending a peaceful night to you both. Love, Rita
Thank God that the doctor will now see him earlier! I guess all these prayers were heard.
I agee! Please don’t wait!
Prayers continue for you all.
For the poison ivy, we’ve had success with Ivy Dry.
one person thinks the rash may be from the condition affecting his feet...that it could be from a form of blood poisoning. I’m so thankful for all the prayers as I’m sure they were heard and that’s why he has an appointment with his primary care doc tomorrow. It’s usually harder to get in with her, so this is truly a blessing!
What was the topical medication the insurance denied? You never know, someone may have an unopened tube they don’t need.
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