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Unread 04-28-2003, 06:19 AM

I just wanted to post a quick update to what has been going on with me. My PT level as of last week was too high (5.2 and it should be 2-3)so they changed my coumadin around to 10 mg every other day to see if that helps. I am still fighting the infections on my tummy. Currently I have 2 open wounds to allow the pus to drain. But the infection has spread again and when I go today I am sure I will end up with more cuts. Everytime they do that it makes me very ill with nausea and a fever. I have run a fever all weekend anyway. I am getting very discouraged and wonder if there is another way to handle this. He says satellite abscesses are common but it is getting very old. My tummy is rock hard from the scarring. I did get into see a hematoligist that said my DR was doing what is expected. He said though he would recommend coumadin for life. They sent off blood work to see if I have a clotting disorder also since I am needing pretty hefty doses of coumadin and have lost a few babies to MC. I go to the DR today again to check the draining abscesses and I suppose I will come home with some new drains again. Or he may put me in the castle for IV antibiotics. Maybe that will get rid of it for good

It hurts to sit for long and go up and down the steps so I am having a hard time keeping up here.

Hope everyone else is doing ok. ((hugs)) to my sisters.
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Unread 04-28-2003, 06:29 AM

Sherry, I'm so sorry you are taking such a long time to heal. I'm sure it must be very discouraging. At this point I think I'd be feeling pretty helpless and looking for ways to help myself not feel that way. I don't know what will work for you. For me, it seems that meditation and journalling helps. I'll be thinking of you today and hoping that treatment is helpful SOON.
Unread 04-28-2003, 06:31 AM

Dear Sherry,

I hope you get some much deserved relief today. You seem to be fighting an up hill battle.

God Bless You,
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Unread 04-28-2003, 10:42 AM

Oh (((Sherry))), I'm so sorry things aren't getting any better. If you get a choice, my vote would be for checking into the castle and letting them take care of you... especially if you need IV antibiotics and drains... it would be better to have some nursing care with all that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things will be getting better soon.
Unread 05-06-2003, 04:44 PM

Hi Sherry,

I don't know if I have missed your posts but have not seen an update from you. How is your infection? Has it cleared up. Please give us an update when you feel up to it. I have been very concerned. If you are in the castle I hope they are taking very good care of you.

God Bless,
Unread 05-07-2003, 07:41 AM

Hi Sherry!!

I am so sorry that you are still going through all of this.

If I were you I would demand to be admitted to the hospital to get it all under control and bypass all of the coming and going you are having to do. It sounds like you are going daily for the draining and checking of your infection sites. You REALLY need to be on IV antibiotics and monitored in a controlled setting.

It has to be miserable for you to have to get up and get out like you do to have everything checked when if they admit you there is no need to you to have to go through that and it could probably be controlled alot better than it is right now.

Please consider fighting to be admitted. I know you probably have no strength left to fight, but make DH take a stand for you.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing, we are very worried about you!!

Unread 05-09-2003, 01:17 PM

But I was admitted last Monday (11 days ago) and had emergancy surgery to open up my belly and explore it for more infection. I have an IV in my chest now and am home today. I have IV antiobiotics at home and home health is also unpacking and packing (OUCH) my wound 2 times a day. I will post more when my stair legs and energy come back.

Thanks everyone!
Unread 05-09-2003, 01:26 PM

(((((Sherry))))) I am soooo relieved to see your post today. I know it can't be fun, what you're having to deal with now, but I feel better knowing that your infection is being treated more aggressively. We want to make sure to keep you around with us!

Take care, sweetie, and let us know how you're doing when you feel up to it.

Unread 05-09-2003, 04:31 PM

Sherry so good to hear from you! I hope you will finally start mending properly. I figured you were probably in the hospital. Take care & glad you have Home Health. They were a great help when my MIL was ill.

I have been praying!
Unread 05-09-2003, 04:43 PM


I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. Do you mind sharing what type of infection you are battling? I'm six weeks post op today and I've had cellulits that won't quit and recently a granuloma in the same spot. I'm not on antibiotics right now pending some blood work.

The docs seem content to wait until I'm 8-12 weeks post op before they panic. I'm not running a fever so I think they aren't real worried about this yet. My energy level stinks though. Any recommendations on what I should be looking for if the infection does not heal in the next few weeks.

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