Don't Let Your Oozing Open Gash Fester For 5 Days

medicalA mere 8 days ago, I openly complained about my various aches and pains. You weren't supposed to read that entry, but you can read this one. This entry is about what an idiot I am.

My back healed up nicely enough that I was able to play 3rd base for my comp team Wednesday night. I don't remember playing a better defensive 3rd base in my life, but this is about my slide into 3rd as a base runner. I did what I do a couple of times each summer and stripped the skin pretty good. That was 5 nights ago.

The wound refused to settle down and stop oozing. I cleaned it, applied polysporin and tried wrapping it up, but this afternoon it was still leaking profusely. I decided to show the nearby pharmacist and do whatever I had to do to heal this thing.

She took one look at it and told me I had to see a doctor and get antibiotics. Luckily there was a clinic next door.

The clinic doc said it was totally infected and ordered me to emergency for an IV. A prescription wasn't going to cut it. Like I said, I'm an idiot.

So now I've got a date every 24 hours with an IV. Its pretty bad, apparently. It turns out you're not supposed to let an oozing open gash fester for five days. Who knew?

Here's the wound just before they cleaned it up. See ya again tomorrow, St. Joe's!


And the first person who asks whether I was out or safe on the slide into third gets permanently banned from this site.

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LOL! Burn. You were out.

June 1, 2010 @ 5:20 AM

jason |

I DO NOT thank you for sharing. I can watch an open surgery show, but for some reason I find this gross. lol

June 1, 2010 @ 6:03 AM


It's ok Mike, we know you were out! :)

June 1, 2010 @ 9:19 AM


I had one on my knee... and I did let it fester and ooze... it's healed mostly now, but the skin is a little pink.

Maybe I should have gotten it checked out!

June 1, 2010 @ 12:16 PM

Carol Anne

I just left the Cake Wrecks blog and the abominations they call "hamburger cakes". This reminded me of that. Yucky.

June 1, 2010 @ 1:50 PM


Was it a head first or feet first slide?

June 1, 2010 @ 2:02 PM

Mike from Lowville

Down and out twice now!

June 1, 2010 @ 3:53 PM


I did the exact same thing about 10 years ago ( I was safe though, really), it was brutal and took about a month before it was better. I can still see where it happened.

June 2, 2010 @ 12:34 PM


You really had to go to a doctor for this? I remember summers ago I would do this to my legs every weekend. My brother Mike had the worst I had ever seen.

June 5, 2010 @ 5:51 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Dude, you don't go to the doctor for the wound, you go for the infection.

So yeah, you really have to go to the doctor for this b/c you can't really get a bag of antibiotics flushing through your blood stream every night at Shoppers Drug Mart.

June 5, 2010 @ 9:53 AM


Pete I hope you were joking if not please do not procreate for everyones sake!

June 19, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

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