Medical professionals will tell you that infections are not ‘if’ but when with ilizarov and TSF frames. The bone/skin interface of the protruding pins is a haven for bugs and they can take hold very quickly as a result.
So with little pomp I presented myself at my GP’s Surgery last week. A pin site had become increasingly sore and inflamed over a few days and the skin surrounding it had begin to break down.
Sure enough my GP agreed that it is almost certainly infected. A swab was taken for testing but hard lumps under the skin are an indication that a possible abscess had already formed. The pin wire goes right through my leg from front to back and both ends are infected, one minor, one bad. And so I am now on a course of very strong antibiotics.
If the infection isn’t showing signs of subsiding by Monday then Its likely I will have to be admitted for a course of even stronger antibiotics via an IV so I’m praying they take effect quickly! Worse still, if no improvement then I have to suspend lengthening which is not good.
And the worst of it? Out of 15 pins, the one that gets infected is the one that goes through from front top of thigh and out my buttock. Already uncomfortable enough when sitting on, its now almost unbearable and I have to try and sit on my left hand side, neither easy not relaxing!
Oh well, it can only get better……right? And in case you’re wondering, I thought these pics really did cross the line and so have left them off!