As you can see from the slightly fuzzy picture below, the infection seems to be in rapid retreat.  The infected area is just as large, but the swelling has gone down considerably and the redness has faded to a soft pink.

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24 Responses to “The Drug Is Working”
  1. wilberfan says:

    I’m glad that you seem to have it under control…but what REALLY interests me is that there isn’t a single other human around to take a picture OF you, for you…

    I tend to think of these things while Chareva is out and about, in this case showing her sister the local sights.

  2. Elwin Ransom says:

    Good for you! If I were to make a W.A.G., I’d say that the treatment worked so quickly on you because you’ve kept yourself healthy, and your body hasn’t built up an immunity to the drugs. So many folks get pumped full of antibiotics for every little cold and sniffle that when they REALLY need treatment, it has little to no effect.

    Anyway, your owie is all better now, so get back to work!
    :)

    I’m back in my work chair … with an attitude.

  3. Howard says:

    Hey, Tom! Get yourself a tripod!

    Actually, a cheaper alternative is a monopod. I will probably bring one with me on the next cruise (just got the word that it’s going out of Galveston again). A monopod will handle about 90% of the things for which you would normally use a tripod, and since it’s easier to carry around and quicker to set up, you end up using it more than you would a tripod.

    I have a tripod, but it doesn’t work well if I have to snap the picture myself.

  4. Bernardo says:

    I just remembered one thing my uncle used to say (a very experienced doctor): “If a medicine doesn’t have a side effect it has no effect”. That’s me trying to translate it to English, but I guess you get the meaning. I do understand sometimes we have no choice, and that’s just how they (drugs) operate! Hope you get better soon!

    That’s a perfectly fine translation. Your uncle was a smart doctor.

  5. Suzie says:

    If you have taught me anything, it would be without a randomized control trial, you don’t know for sure it was the drug that made you better – you may have improved anyway. However, glad to see you’re better!

    That’s a possibility, but since the infection was still spreading and my arm was still swelling right up until I took the drug, I’m betting it was no coincidence.

  6. Sol y Sombra says:

    Great to see your infection is clearing up! I don’t like antibiotics myself and am really happy I haven’t needed them much since my childhood, but sometimes, when things are really screwed up, the best thing to do is take the drug and let it work its magic. After all, antibiotics have indications and a bacterial infection is exactly what they are supposed to work on, and not viral illnesses for example. So you did the right thing going to the doc and taking the antibiotic. You saved yourself more discomfort and misery. Just make sure you take some probiotics now and you will be fine :)

    Oh, and by the way, I finally got around to seeing your Science for Smart People and it was very, very good. I posted the link on Facebook and have received appreciative comments from some of my contacts who saw it. Really nice work, Tom, just like all the work you do to educate people. Thank you very much!

    Thank you.

  7. mezzo says:

    This is where conventional medicine comes into its own. The little beasties must have been around 100 years ago – before drugs of the kind you took were around. I wonder, what the poor farmers would have done? They must have had a pretty tough life.

    Chareva and I had that conversation as well. If you’re a pioneer, miles from the nearest neighbor (much less the nearest doctor), no such thing as antibiotics, what happens if some critter stings you and the wound becomes infected? I guess you wait it out and hope you survive.

  8. LaurieLM says:

    I went to the grocery store this morning and bought as fatty ground beef as they sell, 6 cheese grated cheese, full fat cream, full fat sour cream, avocado, bacon and butter and I came across a very obese and uncomfortable looking woman at the dairy case choosing non-fat yogurt and she had a cart full of diet coke. My husband will speak to strangers, but I would have never said anything to her. I just walked by her thinking that the answers to her problems just passed by her pushing my grocery cart. I know I should focus on the people I can really help, but I find it so sad and depressing to see this. I try to go to the store at non-busy times because at the rush hours, I see lots of young mothers with carts piled high with bread, cereal and non-fat milk (and fidgety kids). It nearly drives me insane. It is too sad and completely unnecessary, but for the lack of a little information and reminders of common sense.

    I’ve rekindled my daily intermittent fasts. I feel like it’s putting the finishing on my vastly improved health- since 2008 when I first read Taubes and discovered ‘Fat Head’ and when I changed my family’s diet to high animal fat, protein and cholesterol and no grain and no sugar. Years ago, before I started eating low-fat and healthywholegrains and grazing all day long, I had been eating better (I now realize) and eating only when I was hungry. Then, I NEVER used to eat breakfast and I remember being a little concerned that I was skipping the ‘most important meal of the day’. But when eventually I started eating breakfast with whole wheat toast— all went pretty much down hill- ’til 2008. After I started IF again a few weeks ago, I was having a little brain-cramp and I mentioned it to my husband about why, if I used to inadvertently practice IF, why wasn’t I in better health way back then?. Well of course I was younger, but he said “go take a look at the photograph collage” our daughter made with pixs of us at that time. OMG. I must have had body dysmorphic disorder then (probably why I started trying to ‘improve’ my health by beginning to eat breakfast and adding healthywholegrains and cereals!). We were hale and hearty and thin in those pictures, but we thought we were really overweight and unhealthy and headed for and taking the express train to heartdiseasecancerobesitydementiaanddiabetes!
    Why I bring this up is partly the grocery store this morning and partly because I just finished again watching Gary Taubes’ presentation at Grand Rounds at Dartmouth. At the end, a questioner mentions he’s heard you can lose weight by calorie restriction (semi-starvation) and Taubes responds, but you shouldn’t have to starve! You can eat your food and have your health too! Daily IF is da bomb baby. I’m never hungry and I get to eat what I want during daily feedings and I never even want anything that’s bad for me then either!

    I see overweight parents with overweight kids in tow, filling the grocery cart with bread, pasta, big jugs of apple juice, etc., and I wish I could have a talk with them. Approaching strangers in a grocery store of course isn’t the way to do it, so we’ll hope some of them read our book when we produce it.

  9. Cathy says:

    Before the discovery of antibiotics, strep and staph infections killed 80% of the people infected. The treatment was usually amputation. It’s not something to be messed around with or waited out. This is an appropriate use of the antibiotics.

    Absolutely. That’s why the average lifespan used to be so much lower: lots of kids caught an infection and died.

  10. Marg says:

    One more thing you and Jimmy Moore have in common — taking photographs of inflamed body parts and posting them on your blog. I don’t get it.

    Is it part of some low-carbing sequelae syndrome?

    I haven’t seen his.

  11. Marilyn says:

    @Tom: “Absolutely. That’s why the average lifespan used to be so much lower: lots of kids caught an infection and died.”

    And people didn’t have a lot of understanding of the causes of disease. I was just reading about a family who — in the space of 15 days in March of 1879 — lost four children to “black diphtheria.” As I looked further for information on that disease, I came onto an article that mentioned horrific spread of diphtheria in the late 1870s, and all the things people blamed it on. Contagion was apparently not well understood.

    That poor family. I can’t imagine losing my girls like that.

  12. Caitlin says:

    My fiancee runs to the doctor for an antibiotic everytime he gets bronchitis, which is pretty much yearly. I got it too, this year but decided to wait it out. As I understand it, bronchitis can be viral or bacterial and I didn’t want to take an antibiotic if it was viral. He got the Z-pack (azithromycin).

    Lately news has come out about higher risk of death in those taking Z-pack, especially in cases of heart disease. Fiancee has CV disease. Bet that’s the last time I see a Z-pack in the house; he’s absolutely paranoid about things like that. I’m not worried about him dying; I’d just like to see him tough things out a little better.

    That’s what I do with a chest infection unless it’s producing a high fever, in which case it’s more likely to be a bacterial infection. Even then, I always try a high dose of vitamin D first.

  13. Caitlin says:

    BTW that wasn’t meant to apply to you at all Tom; I think you did the right thing going to the doctor.

    I didn’t figure you meant me. I had what was obviously a rapidly-spreading infection.

  14. Cathy says:

    I’m allergic to non-penicillin based antibiotics, so I’m particularly vulnerable given the rise of penicillin resistant strains. I wish the industrial factory farming industry would stop pumping their sick animals full of antibiotics, which I believe to be the main source of this. Doctor over-prescriptions haven’t helped, but the factory farms use them daily.

    Indeed. If we’d feed those animals correctly, the drugs wouldn’t be necessary.

  15. Peter says:

    Our two kids are in the swimming team at our local Y. Team practices 4 nights per week w/ a weekend meet.

    Based on my counting, 40-50% of the kids in the team are either overweight or obese, as are 60% – 70% of the parents and coaches. Kids w/ a pot belly is a common sight.

    At the end of meet, all-you-can eat is provided: hot dogs, chips, cookies, cupcakes and soda. One of the volunteer serving food says, as I poured from a 2-liter Diet Coke , ‘Diet Coke is only for adults.’, thereby, implying that sugary soda is plenty safe for kids.

    I sighed silently, moved on.

    At rec center where our girls swim, most of the kids their age appear to be normal weight, but I’ve noticed the proportion of fat kids goes up with age. I see too many teens with big bellies.

  16. smgj says:

    Off todays topic, but on the blog’s topic:

    Really good documentaries:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cD4CLSmIRQ&feature=relmfu

    Look for part two and (when they become available) part 3 & 4

    It’s on my to-watch list.

  17. Galina L. says:

    Since I started LCarbing at November 2007, I have no one single seasonal flu, urinary tract infection, bronchitis, yeast infection, anything like that. Sometimes I have a sore throat on the morning, at that case I take Elderberry extract and fast , go zero carbs for 3 more days and that is it. It used to be once a year at Winter I got that sore throat, then it got worse, I started to cough, then it got developed into bronchitis and lasted for 3 weeks unless I took antibiotic. Once I decided to wait until the bronchitis would be gone by itself, it was gone in 3 weeks, then I got a sinus infection for which I finally took that antibiotic. I just lost mere 32 lb with my diet, but I am so happy to regain my health and to feel better at 51 than at 40.

    We’ve noticed we’re all far more resistant to colds and flu in our family since giving up grains and sugars.

  18. Jenna says:

    Ugh! Cellulitus is no fun, and can cause a lot of tissue damage. Good call to take the antibiotics, there is a time and place for everything. Might consider a round of a good probiotic (if you don’t already take one) when you are done. Even if your gut doesn’t feel different, there is definitely an effect!

    I’ll definitely be taking probiotics after the antibiotic.

  19. Ralph, Cleethorpes, UK says:

    You should be aware Tom that symmetry and definition are as important as size if you want to be a competitive bodybuilder.

    In that case, I wouldn’t stand a chance. I’ve never had much definition, even as a skinny kid. I just don’t have that kind of see-the-veins skin. As for symmetry, it’s even worse. I have a crooked spine. My left shoulder is higher than my right.

  20. When I first saw the photo of your arm all red, I thought, “That would be so weird to see my arm like that!” Today, I am seeing my arm like that. I was cutting down some weeds (big enough to be small trees!) on my property this morning and I noticed after coming inside that my right forearm was all red, puffy and starting to itch! I know I was not bitten, but I was definitely allergic to those weeds!

    The pharmacist said I needed Benadryl, so I am now using a cream on my arm and I’m hoping it gets better soon. It looks like I’ve been burned. I don’t even have a farm, but I’m enjoying the benefits of getting back to nature! :0)

    I hope you heal up soon.

  21. Jill says:

    Hi Tom,

    no comment on your infection per se, but i have found that a very useful remedy for inflammation, swelling, bruising and pain is a cloth soaked in witch- hazel wrapped reasonably tightly around the limb. Replace witch hazel as it dries.

    in case next time you can’t get to the doctor quicly enough!! :)

    Witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory, smells fresh and feels nice!
    When your limb heals, you can use it as an after shave toner. :)

    I believe Chareva has a bottle of that in the house.

  22. Howard says:

    I stumbled across a camera stabilizer that is even cheaper and easier to carry around than a monopod. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQhh7aoVrLg

    I’m going to try this myself.

    From the youtube notes:
    A 1/4″ coarse thread 20 TPI Eyebolt
    A piece of string about twice your height

    Simply tie the string in a loop running through the eye of the bolt.
    Standing on the string will help you hold your camera steady.
    Spreading the loop open will give you more stabilization.

    When you finish using it just put it in your pocket. No tripod to carry around.

  23. Kevin says:

    Sorry Tom, I’m a little behind on your blog but am catching up. I don’t think your arm was affected at all. It’s clear to me this was make-up applied in a shameless exhibition of demonstrating how well you’ve done since Fathead was made and you’ve committed to getting stronger. As my really fit 19 year old would say “wannna buy a ticket…to the gun show”. Thinking I need to do some slow burn too!!!! Seriously you are looking really fit and once again, thanks for all you do!

    LOL … thank you. I feel pretty good for a guy who will turn 54 in November.

  24. hausfrau says:

    So have you ever heard of the Bot Fly? Its native to central and south america. I bring this up so you will feel better about your experience but also, mostly, to share a gross story. My husband and I went to Belize for our honeymoon. when we got home he had a couple of infected misquito bites that brought him back to the doctor at least twice over three weeks time. The swellings were oozing and sent shooting pains up his leg from time to time.They diagnosed it as a staph infection and gave him antibiotics. Finally, I had a vague idea that something else was going on. He had been in terrible pain the previous night after putting a bandaid and thick antibiotic ointment over the swellings. I talked him into letting me look at them. I ended up cutting out two half inch long LARVA from the two little mounds. The reason he had pain the previous night was the ointment had smothered the larva and they were struggling to breath. They were dead by the time I removed them. I put the larva in a bottle of alcohol and told him to take them back to the doctor to have his leg looked at again. Instead, he took the bottle to work to show off as a paperweight. The larve were minor celebrities for a few days.

    Yee-ikes.

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