Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Infection = no running :(

3 weeks back, June 25 to be exact, while many of you fellow bloggers were enjoying the Rock n' Roll Seattle race I was moving into my new place.

My roommate Adam and I have too much furniture combined, so the better part of the afternoon was spent trying to make it all 'work' in our living room- i.e. moving, and re locating furniture around. In the process of moving the book case (the easy sliding across the carpet way), I accidently slid the shelf right onto my right big toe. Although it hurt, it was nothing major and just left a slight scratch.

Fast forward to yesterday, July 11- a whole 3 weeks later: was playing in our kickball game (which we won by the way) and the combination of kicking the ball with my right toe + potentially tying my shoes too tight aggravated my "cut."

I noticed that it was painful to the touch and was starting to swell, but again, I didn't think much of it. A few hours later the pain escalated and it was starting to become difficult to walk. I went to our first aid station, put some triple anti-biotic on it, bandaged it up, then left for home.

I attempted to try to do my p90x legs and back, but was unable at this point to put ANY weight on my right toe--- which obviously you need for balance. After 2 hours Adam came home and since he is a physical therapist I was picking his brain. He told me to ice it down and elevate.

Did that for awhile, put some neosporin on, then went to bed....

Woke up this morning and it was even worse and I was in so much pain it was hard to stay still in the shower.

Adam said there was some serious infection going on, especially since the top of the foot was swelling and flushed and it would be best to go to a quick clinic.

I did just that and found out that neomycin, one of the ingredients in triple antibiotic cream as well as neosporin has a tendency to exacerbate infections in some people--- really!?!? That would explain why it was so much worse when I woke up.

I told the doctor I have a half marathon this weekend that I plan on running- pain or no pain- but would prefer to be the no pain and if there is anything I can do to speed up the healing. Was given some trimethoprim (oral antibiotic) and bacitracin (topical antibiotic) and told no running until race day- ugh. 

How does something that started out as a silly cut, suddenly blister, swell up your foot, and cause you so much pain you can't walk normal?!?!

I guess for now I may do some yoga or upper body workouts and hope for the best by sunday :(


  1. Eeks. I hope it's a simple inflammation on not a staph infection or something! Get better! That looks like it really hurts. :(

  2. Ouch, that looks serious!! I wish you a speedy recovery and hope all goes well for the race!!

  3. Oh.my.goodness! I think most people would have done what you did to take care of it, who knew?

    Congrats on your kickball win. Hopefully those antibiotics kick (haha!) in right away and you can have a fun race on Saturday.

  4. Oh my gosh!! That's crazy painful looking -- and so freaking red. Yikes!

    For the Seattle RnR I couldn't go more than 2.7 miles without complete pain. I told the doctor I needed fixed and he gave me tons of shots. I haven't had any pain since. Maybe you'll get that lucky, too!