The mystery of Jim’s ailment has been diagnosed. Jim has “Cellulitis“. Most probably thanks to Joe badgering Jim to tell the doctors about a couple of spider bites Joe has had from the trucks they have been in. Joe pressured Jim to ask the doctors if this problem with his leg could be from a cut or a bite that got infected. Jim did as Joe asked and further tests were run on Jim’s affected leg.
According to Joe, who passed this information to me from Jim, the high white blood cell count and the blistered skin running the length of Jim’s leg were indicators of Cellulitis. The Doctors were geared for DVT, Deep Vein Thrombosis, when Jim arrived at the hospital requesting testing to be done for blood clots in his leg. Finding no supporting indicators for DVT through all the testing they did, it seems the Doctors were lead down a different path when Jim told them of a possible bite infection.
Seems that this is one of those times when a patient being proactive with his/her health care leads to a quicker diagnosis. Or when you have a friend who badgers you into making Doctors take a look at something different as a root cause. Joe can be a badger when he sets his mind to it 😀
Jim had been given a broad spectrum antibiotic which was not having the desired affect on his condition. Once the Doctors began testing for a bacterial skin infection they changed the prescribed antibiotic treatment and are having better results.
So, it seems that Jim had been bitten by a spider or a bug of some kind – even quit possibly scraped his skin on some dirty broken piece of equipment at one of the locations the two had been when moving the box trailers to auction sites.
Once the skin had been broken, either by the bite or by Jim scratching the affected area with his fingernails, the bacteria burrowed its way under his skin and had worked its way up his leg from the shin to nearly his butt cheek.
With the medical part well in hand and Jim’s condition getting better the next part of his dilemma was the logistics. How was Jim going to get home? That problem has been solved by one of his sons. Jim will be flying from Omaha, Nebraska to Dallas, Texas on Monday where he will be met by his son in Dallas. Jim will stay at his son’s home during the week long bed rest with daily Doctor visits. The following Sunday, Jim’s son will drive him to our home in Oklahoma so Jim can get his pickup truck and then drive home to Paragould, Arkansas for the remainder of his recovery time. Jim’s son will be home on a mini vacation that week of Jim’s recovery then the son has to return to work on the next Monday. His son does a lot of work away from home and the trip to Oklahoma will be on his way to his next job.
Are you totally confused now? I am, but I think I can muddle through the fact that Jim has a place to begin the recuperating period then also has a way to come and get his pickup and finally make his way home.
And now that the crisis has been averted, Joe and I need to have a talk about me briefly coming back out of retirement to finish the year, or at least until Jim is capable of resuming working with Joe.