Taylor Bryant thought a Jacuzzi jaunt right down to Dolly Parton’s homeland would yield fond memories of hot tubs and hikes — as a substitute, she was left with life-threatening skin situation that nearly rotted her right leg.
“Our first family trip — what sort of luck is this?” the 26-year-old mom of two from Indianapolis, Ind., tells WISH-TV News 8.
Within a couple of days of Bryant’s relaxing journey to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in March, she felt unwell. The ache in her leg shortly turned unbearable, and soon Bryant was struggling to walk. A local urgent care clinic prescribed a 10-day course of antibiotics to deal with the mysteriously infected limb — however, her situation continued to deteriorate.
“I’d say [the pain was] worse than labor,” she says. “I don’t know what could possibly be worse than that.”
Her leg was swollen and blistering — a rash creeping ever-greater up — and her skin turning black and falling off. She lastly went to the hospital, the place she was diagnosed with pseudomonas folliculitis — typical skin infection which may turn into deadly if untreated.
Docs suspected she received the infection from hot-tubbing her trip away.
“Every evening, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, we had been in the hot tub and [my doctor] was like, ‘That’s the one way I believed you might get this infection was from a hot tub,'” Bryant tells RTV6, her local ABC affiliate.