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  •  For scratch fever is not just a song! (7+ / 0-)

    All shall be well again, I'm telling you. Let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know. (S Carter)

    by MinervainNH on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 01:56:13 AM PST

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    •  No, it's not...! (9+ / 0-)

      A gorgeous long-haired copper-eyed little half-feral pootie with about five different colors to her fur was just being introduced to my household a few years ago and she and one of my pooties were having a hissy fit at each other... I went to pick her up, she bit my left hand....

      That was about 2-ish p.m.  By 4 I had to be to work, my hand was already swelling up.  I called the vet, asked him what he does when a cat bites him.  He said he just gives himself a shot of antibiotics, told me I was probably fast coming down with cat scratch fever and get to ER...

      Well, I couldn't leave work until midnight when I got off duty, went to ER, and by that time the whole back of my hand was enormous, about twice the size it should be.  Yes, it really does come on that fast.  I got a shot of antibiotics, was asked when I had a tetanus booster last, I couldn't remember, so got a tetanus booster, too, and was handed a prescription for antibiotics.  Reminded the dr. it was the weekend, probably no drug stores open, think they gave me enough from the hospital to get me to Monday morning.

      I happen to have lots of books about cats so read up on cat scratch fever, it's a real disease which can even be fatal if it's not treated because it goes into the lymph nodes, and I can never remember the long correct medical term for it, but cat scratch fever it is.

      Not just when cats bite either.  Any bite from other humans or dogs or whatever can yield the same kind of bacterial infection, so that's why if an open wound from a bite starts to swell up or hurt within a very short time, one should get to ER or urgent care clinic immediately.  It's nothing to mess with...!

      Oh, and PS:  I named the gorgeous little pootie Jaws... and she answered to the name.  The whole skunk spray incident a year or two later is another story....


      by NonnyO on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 02:31:54 AM PST

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      •  My friend's 87 yo mother (4+ / 0-)

        was hospitalized for weeks last year from cat scratch fever.  I'd heard it can be very serious.  

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 02:43:49 AM PST

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      •  I had it in October... (7+ / 0-)

        I had been caring for a sweet feral cat.  He had been allowing me to get close to him, and then, pow.  I went to reach for something a couple of hours later, my hand wouldn't grasp.  I ended up in the er a couple of hours later, and by then i couldn't lift my arm.  I got a super dose of some super $250 antibiotic: 2 pills!

        All shall be well again, I'm telling you. Let the winter come and go. All shall be well again, I know. (S Carter)

        by MinervainNH on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 03:46:53 AM PST

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      •  One good idea (2+ / 0-)
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        kurt, NonnyO

        if scratched or bitten by a pootie or any pet is immediately flood the wound, i.e., flush really thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide solution.  This helps get rid of the anaerobic bacteria.  Any prolonged redness, tenderness, swelling (and especially increased body temperature or nasty little red streaks emanating from the wound)-get to a doctor or to the hospital.  Or if the wound is close to your eyes.  Or if you are not up to date on tetanus, i.e., within last ten years prudence is much better than taking a chance.

        My funniest hopital visit was when I was bitten by my pet pig (I was interceding between him and a dog, and my arm got in the way).  The doctors in DC just couldn't get over what I had been bitten by.

        Democrats give you the Bill of Rights; Republicans sell you a bill of goods!

        by barbwires on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 07:27:47 AM PST

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    •  My friend lost half her foot to a septic cat bite (5+ / 0-)

      It was NOT a happy experience.

      If my students can't explain it, they don't understand it.

      by Jimdotz on Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 03:21:23 AM PST

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