But I'm not sure if this is worse?
I just got a phone call from the doctor and it wasn’t a spider bite after all. It’s apparently an MRSA Staph infection, which means if I hadn’t gone to the ER that first night (after going to the doctor in the day and getting Keflex for a spider bite) and the ER doc hadn’t thought to prescribe a sulpha antibiotic as well, I wouldn’t be any better than I was last week. So I guess that’s something.
Apparently there are tons of different Staph bacteria on your body at any given time, and they are usually harmless, but every now and then it passes from one person to another somehow and the other person doesn’t handle it very well and you get an infection. Ah, the intricacies of the human body. The nurse was concerned that I still have hard spots under both areas, so I have to make an appointment tomorrow for another appointment with Dr. Lidocaine and Dr. Scalpel.
In case you're interested, there's a good article about Staph infections at Web MD -- I have a feeling that a mild cat scratch may have been what let the bad bacteria in, and it was interesting to read that many people think they've been bitten by a spider or an insect, and they actually have Staph. So this is my little Public Service Announcement to not let anything that "doesn't look quite right" be ignored!