- Apr 28, 2010
- Southeast Missouri, USA
Some of you may remember my post from last year in August? For those of you who don’t—I ran a fever off and on from mid March 2019 until hospitalized in August for endocarditis. My pcp gave me 4 rounds of antibiotics from March to August which temporarily got rid of the fever. Anyway I was in the hospital for 7 days—diagnosed with endocarditis—strep bacteria—discharged with a picc line and 6 wks of rocephin. Fast forward—June 20,2020 I developed a fever of 102.3! COVID-19 test was negative. Got in to see pcp who did tons of lab work—she called me at 8am the next day to say blood cultures were already growing. She called my cardiologist who insisted that I get to the hospital immediately (4 1/2 hrs away). I ended up spending 6 days in the hospital. Ekg, echo, tee, chest ct all showed heart was ok. Bacteria in my blood was, again, strep but a different strain than last year. So I was discharged with picc line and 4 weeks of rocephin. Infectious disease doctor said most strep comes from the mouth and almost insisted I had something going on there. So I saw my dentist when I got home—no plaque, healthy gums, not even a cavity. But I have wondered for some time about the requirement to take antibiotics before getting my teeth cleaned (I have a mechanical aortic valve). Why wouldn’t I need antibiotics when I flossed my teeth?? Anyway the ID has put me on long term Cefadroxil since I’ve had this strep bacteria in my blood 2x only 10 months apart. Thoughts? Comments? Questions?