Folks, thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers. I really appreciate what you've shown. I wish to publicly thank my loving wife for keeping you folks apprised as well. I am proud and blessed to have her by my side.
Here's the skinny on what happened ( how it happened is yet to be explained ) I contracted a bacteria called Nocardia in my right arm. Here's a link to a med page...http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000679.htm....Anyway, it hit about the last of November as a small fissure, what I thought may have been a bug or spider bite and over a period of days progressed up my arm to my armpit. As I've found, it was nothing to take lightly. Most of the time I just blow this stuff of and figure it'll go away in a day or two, so why go to the doc? Not anymore. Once my right arm was swollen nearly 3 times it's size and the lymph nodes were so tender they couldn't be touched, I figured it was time to do something. A trip to the hospital in Pensacola, FL was first..( I was at a race, naturally ) and noting they did seemed to help. Once I got back to Birmingham, I went to the Hospital and was immediately admitted. I had about every test run imaginable, including Hepatitis, HIV, Lukemia, Cancer and my immune system was fine..Blood work was good...Everything checked out fine but I was getting worse and this was in my bloodstream by now. Needless to say I was terrified of what was happening. Two surgeries to install 6 drains in my arm, and two weeks later I was released. I have at least 6 months of 4 a day antibiotics to go. It has pretty much zapped me of strength, but I'm working to get back in the swing of things. I have to...I have a hell of a hospital bill. I'm indeed fortunate to see 2005 arrive. Once again I just wish to say thanks to you all.
[ December 30, 2004, 12:28 PM: Message edited by: Sam Sanfilippo ]
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Glad to hear Sam. I was just wondering yesterday how you were doing. Good news, Good news.
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