Rose thorn infection update
For those who missed the last thread on the subject, a month ago I got stabbed in the back of my right hand by a rose thorn. The next day my hand was swollen with red streaks, so on the advice of the good rosarians here I went to the ER, where I got a tetanus shot and ten days worth of antibiotics. I told the ER doctor that I thought a piece of the thorn might have stayed behind in my hand, but he said rose thorns are too tough to break off like that.
The swelling went down and the pain in my hand improved, but never disappeared entirely. My hand function is still impaired, and there's a hard bump (like a BB under the skin) at the entry point.
I went to see my doctor on Tuesday. He said part of the thorn was definitely in there and needs to come out. But because it's sitting on a nerve and tendon, he wanted an orthopedist to do it.
So early this morning I saw the orthopedist. He concurred that it's important that it be removed before it causes more problems. I thought at that point he would whip out his scalpel, maybe along with a needle for some Novocaine. But no, he said it'll require an operating room, anesthesia, and someone to drive me.
Can you believe it? All this time and trouble and expense because I made a careless move in the garden. (Believe me, I'm much better about wearing gloves these days.)