Chelle Hickman

Hello..My name is Chelle and at the time I was diagnosed with Necrotizing Fasciitis I was 33. It all started with two boils on the inside of my left leg, on a Monday. I had boils several times over the years, so I was not too worried about it. Thursday I made an appointment to see my doctor about this because it was getting very painful. She did not want to look at them and just prescribed Ceflex. Friday I went to school. I am a teacher. I could not hardly walk. I was feeling awful. When I got home from work, I took a bath. Saturday I sent my husband to the drug store to buy a thermometer; however the one he got didn't work. By Sunday am around 5, I told him I needed to go to the ER. The doctor drew blood and what have you. He informed me that my white blood cell count was 20,000. He scheduled me for surgery the next day. I ended up having gangrene and Necrotizing Fasciitis. I was given a 30% chance to survive. The surgeon was not allowed to close the wound because I am a diabetic. All in all, I ended up having 8 surgeries, where they would go in and cut the dead tissue away....I am not talking little surgery, I had an opening under my stomach that was 12in long, and down my left leg 6in long. In the pubic mound he also had to do an incision that was probably 3in long. I stayed in the hospital 30 days. The nurses, therapist, or surgeon would pack it every day and then when I went for whirlpools, which lasted for the next 3 months they would rip the packing out and repack it.. After being released from the hospital I had a home nurse come in and give me iv antibiotics and dressing changes. Finally they let me go back to work. I am proud to say that I survived and am doing fairly well..except for the terrible scars that were left because it had to heal from the inside out. I give all the praise to the Lord!!