Hello lovely readers!
I mentioned in my summer is here post all about the bus situation back in August and how it made me so stressed and I got a boil. Right before school started I had shaved my armpits and than I think the very next day I started using this new deodorant called Schmidts Natural Deodorant. It was all good. The first day of school (a Wednesday) rolls around and I learned the news and I was so upset. I remember I texted my husband on my lunch break and as I was texting him about it I almost started crying. When I got home though I called my mom and I cried to her and then to my husband once he called me on his way home from work. I cried then Thursday, and I cried Friday as well.
By Friday though I think my mom was fed up with me crying and she helped me come up with a plan that was not as crazy and where I wasn’t riding the bus as often. I let my teacher know, the principle ,the other attendant and the bus drivers about it and they were all good with it. So I was feeling a lot better. My side however was not. I remember going to a baby shower on that Sunday and my side was kinda hurting but I didn’t know why and I hadn’t seen anything that I remember. Monday though I went to school and I remember leaning over to pick something up off the floor and my bra hit it or whatever and it hurt so bad. So that night I looked on my side to see why it hurt, and there on my side was a nice, red, pimple like bump.
I had no idea what it was, it was hot to touch kinda and it hurt whenever I laid on that side or leaned over. If you didn’t know, whenever I have some kinda of symptom, I ALWAYS look it up. So that’s what I did and from what I said it was, it kept coming up as a boil. After reading about what they were and everything, it sounded like that was what I had gotten. I had found ways to heal it and everything and decided to give that a try.
At this point everyday it was hurting now so much, I was taking Advil every 4-6 hours just to keep the pain away cause sometimes just moving would hurt it. Everyday after school I would come home to and soak a wash clothes in hot water and let that sit on my boil for as long as it was hot to try to shrink it and open it up. Once it opened up a little I was able to squeeze it and pus and blood (sorry TMI) were coming out of it. Hoping that would help I would do that about once a day or so and then put Hydrogen Peroxide, Neosporin and a band-aid on it so it wasn’t leaking.
It seemed like it was there for a long time. Finally after about a month I woke up one morning to go to work and my shirt was covered in blood, it had leaked from my band-aid and was dripping down my side as well. Along with that, I was in so much pain I called my mom crying. I tried to take the day off too because it hurt so bad, but I missed the window to take off so I had to go to work to let them know I needed the day off. So I cleaned myself up, and tried to get more of the blood and pus out of it. Whenever I would do that though, more would just keep running out. It finally stopped and I put a band-aid and gauze on it, put my clothes to get ready to leave. As I was leaving, I noticed it had already leaked through the gauze, the band aid and was on my shirt again.
I had to leave so I left it and just put a paper towel in between it all to help soak it up and drove to work. I let my teacher know right away and I left again. When I got home I tried to push more of it out, and finally “the core” of the boil started to come out. That must of been why it started bleeding so much and why it hurt so bad that day. It was out and it didn’t hurt as bad which was good. I put more Hydrogen Peroxide, Neosporin and stuff on it. After a few days I noticed it was starting to heal and was closing up. What felt like forever had only been about a month.
Wait, there was more. I don’t know when I noticed these but I had two bumps in that same armpit, but this time with no pimple like heads in the middle. They didn’t hurt as bad but they were pretty red and puffy. I thought maybe they were boils again, so I started using hot compresses on them. No heads appeared though, and they weren’t going away. After about another month, maybe a little less than that, my mom and I went to the Minute Clinic that they have at some CVS stores to see if they could tell me what it was.
Good news they weren’t boils, they were abscesses, probably got them from having my boil and the type of infection it was (a staph infection). Abscesses are small pockets of pus under your skin, the only way you can get that out is by having them drained. For it to be drained they have to make a small cut in it and squeeze the pus out of it. Bad news, she said I needed to go to an Urgent Care and have them drain them for me. I was so nervous, but knew I would feel a lot better after that.
So my mom and I go to the Urgent Care, I get checked in and they finally call me back. They take a look at them and said yeah that’s what they are and she was going to drain them. OMG, that hurt so bad. She put small cuts in both and would give me small shots of numbing stuff so it wouldn’t hurt when she squeezed the pus out. I was crying and screaming bloody murder. Once it was done though I felt so much better. I also had to start taking an antibiotic just in case it was Staph infection. I had to take it twice a day for about 4 to 5 days, and it made me so nauseous and I barely ate.
Once I had those taken care of I thought it was over again. Nope, not quiet. First one of the abscesses that they had just drained healed, but then decided to open up again, because their was more stuff in it and leaked all over my shirt one night. I also then found in my other armpit another bump. It didn’t hurt at all, it wasn’t red, and didn’t have a head either. It was probably like a week or two later that I went back to Urgent Care to have them drain that one as well so I could be rid of all this.
The same doctor that looked at my first two looked at this one and said she didn’t think it was ready to be drained and it might just be a cyst, and it could go away on its own. Come in again though if it gets bigger and red. About a week later from that, I noticed it started getting a lot bigger and really red. So instead of going back I called my regular doctor. I actually went in that day to see him. He looked at it and said he couldn’t drain it, I would need to see a general surgeon at Riverside and he would drain it for me. I was also put back on the antibiotics and he also thought I might have Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which is when your sweat glands and hair follicles get clogged and you get abscesses from them that are painful. They would come and go and you could get flare ups at certain times of the month or just whenever.
The next day I went to the general surgeon, I was so nervous and I woke up around 4 that morning with my heart racing really fast cause I was so nervous. When I got in there they looked at it and he said he thought I had Hidradenitis Suppurative as well and he could either drain it or I could wait and see what happened in a week. I just had him drain it so I could be done with it. He did and it felt so much better after. A week later I had a follow-up appointment to see how it was healing, and he said things looked great. If I ever had a flair up, he told me to just call him and he would look at them or whatever and I was allowed to shave again. Yes I hadn’t shaved in over two months because I was afraid with the bumps in my armpits, I just had to make sure I used shaving cream.
This all finally ended about the second week of October. Since then I haven’t had an other abscesses in my armpits or boils. I have gotten the occasional pimple in my armpit that I would freak out about thinking it would turn into one, but never did. I have also started using deodorant again, I was using baby powder while this was all going on too because I was afraid of what would happen. The one big thing is, I shave again. I don’t do it as often, but when I do I make sure to use lots of shaving cream. Also you would never know I had them really. I have a little scar where my most recent one in October was drained, but it’s very faint and I have a small one from my boil on my side. I am so thankful I have not gotten anymore since then. I also don’t think it’s Hidradenitis Suppurative, because I haven’t had any others and with that you get them often. I think it was from stress, my new deodorant and shaving.
Sorry it was so long, but I had to share. See you back here soon!!