On Saturday night I was playing board games at a friend’s place and was petting their cat. After playing a couple games of Settlers of Catan we switched games and during the intermission I spent some time giving the cat some pets. Unfortunately, as I turned and looked away momentarily the little monkey bit my hand.
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Not thinking too much of it, I began to pull away and he sank his teeth in further and punctured my skin. I have grown up with pets my whole life and am confident in reading their body language…but in that moment that I looked away, he got upset, and I didn’t notice until it was too late.
I regularly play with animals, but never has my skin actually been punctured to the point of bleeding, with exception to the odd scratch that bleeds for a short time. I was upset with myself for not paying attention and it reminded me how quickly things can become dangerous with animals if you aren’t paying attention. This was a good reminder for me to consider the health and safety of both animals and baby as we bring a baby into a family with a cat and dog.
The puncture wound immediately started to hurt, so I cleaned it out with soap and water. After a few hours my hand was swollen and was burning up. It was clear that it was infected, but I didn’t know what to do or take because I was pregnant. When we got home, my husband suggested I ice my hand and try to sleep. In the morning it hurt so badly and I had limited mobility in half of my hand. I decided to go to the walk-in clinic to get treatment.
The doctor took this issue quite seriously and asked me a number of questions about the cat and about my vaccinations. Fortunately, I was up-to-date on tetanus and actually had the rabies vaccine in 2015. This was good news because the risk of serious infection without the vaccines is more significant.
Now, it was time to get a prescription for an antibiotic to fight off the infection. The doctor explained the drug to me (Amoxicillin 875MG and Clavulan 875/125MG) and said that this drug could be harmful to the fetus, causing issues with its bowel development.
I hoped to stay away from all drugs that can be dangerous for a fetus and wanted to know if this prescription was the best option for me. I called my brother, who is a pharmacist, and he explained that this drug is probably the safest option for women who are pregnant since the drug is less dangerous for women who are in their second trimesters. Lucky for me, I am, and can rest a little easier knowing that the risk of complications for the fetus is low.
As winter sets in and cold and flu season arrives I am curious what over-the-counter drugs or alternative remedies/healing practices others have used to treat their symptoms during pregnancy. If you have any suggestions I am eager to learn.
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