Make a wish. Don't share. My wish?? That you never have this happen to you.
Yesterday at around 8:20am I was bitten through a cage by a schnauzer mix while hanging his nametag and the tag DOG BITES on his cage. I know this dog. He bites on toenails but I always warn my younger, more inexperienced staff that a dog will bite to keep them hypervigilant.
Little did I know I would be the one injured.
I did everything right. Running water. Check. Make it bleed. Check. Chlorhexidine scrub. Check. Rabies vaccine current. Well...8 days late. Not a problem. I notice that part of the bite is into the knuckle so I called my doctors office because they have urgent care. I'm in luck!! They're slow.
I see Melanie (nurse practitioner) and she asks me "why are you here? This isn't bad!!" And she laughed. I said it was in the knuckle so it worried me. She wrote me a script for Augmentin and booked an appointment for her dogs to be groomed.
I went back to work and theough a "series of unfortunate events " involving the owner of the dog, a few swear words, threats and police reports, I notice my finger is swelling. Ok. No biggee.
I had my antibiotics in my hands at 11am (along with a yellow Christmas cactus from my pharmacist but that's another story) and go back to work.
I kept the finger wrapped well all day. Soaked it. Hydromassage. Getting worse. Tighter. Swelling. Tighter. Soaking. Bleeding but just a dab..
Then the bleeding started. And it kept going. I messaged my daughter who is an RN and she said "compression bandage and go back tomorrow ". I did both.
My doctor was busy (so were we) so I went after work. Melanie walked in and said "Why are you here?" And her eyes got big. She was shocked. "Are you sure it wasn't a cat???" Nope. A dog.
I have my hand wrapped. Elevated. Enough antibiotics to kill a cow. My hands still swelling. My finger is tingling. My finger next to it is tingling. My PALM is swelling and it's slightly tingly. If it's not better by Saturday I have to go to the ER for IV antibiotics.
Fingers (on my left hand) crossed. I did everything right. I'm still not safe. Still not sure I won't be admitted to the hospital. If I hadn't done every single thing right I might be in worse condition.
Will I rethink doing dogs that bite? Maybe. Maybe not. Will I be more careful. Maybe. Not sure anything other than not grooming would have prevented this.
WARNING!!!!! GRAPHIC PHOTOS!!!!!!
Top 2 immediately after the bite. Below that, noon, 4 hours later. Below that 3pm and 6pm.
6pm. 9pm and 11pm.