By BJ Reyes
Not much of an update. Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do while waiting for antibiotics to do what they do and clear out whatever remains of the staph infection.
Meanwhile, the staples have come out and the wounds look good. (I was going to take some pictures of the sutured-up incision and post them -- even give them the filtered Instagram treatment -- but no matter which way you cut it, they are still kind of gross looking).
At this point it is too early to say when the second surgery will take place. As you'll recall, this was only the first of two knee/hip/femur replacements I'm set to have.
What's in place now is only a temporary "spacer" filled with antibiotics that are working in concert with the IV medicines I'm receiving every day. The antibiotics will be going for at least six weeks. After that, I need to go at least two more weeks with no antibiotics, and then get tested to make sure the infection has, in fact, been eradicated. If all the indicators show no sign of infection, then we're a go for the second surgery to install the state-of-the-art knee/hip/femur prosthesis. After that I'll also undergo more intense rehab to get me on my way back to Hawaii!
So far it's been three weeks since surgery and all seems fine, i.e., no outward signs of infection such as redness, swelling, warmth, chills or fever. Always a good sign!
It's also been three weeks basically sitting in a chair, with the occasional walk to keep the blood flowing and isometric exercises to keep the muscles in some semblance of shape. But for anyone who's wondering, no, I have not yet started on "Breaking Bad." =)