So as of Wednesday, it's been exactly four weeks since surgery (not that anyone is counting) and things have pretty much settled into a routine.
But a clearer schedule also is working itself out. As of today, there will be two more weeks of IV antibiotics, followed by oral medications that will continue to fight the staph bugs. After that (mid-November or so) we'll meet with all of the doctors again and see about when we can schedule the second surgery.
It took until about now for all of the swelling in my other limbs to work itself out and my blood levels indicative of kidney function and such continue to edge back to normal. All that means is that by mid-November, I likely will be healthy enough to be cut up ... again!
Meanwhile, the blood tests also continue to show that the bug is being eliminated.
For a normal person without any infection, the white blood cell count (WBC) should be between 3,700 to 11,000 units per microliter (µL). Since February, the levels in my bloodstream have fluctuated between 8,000 and 14,000, while the white blood cells in fluid drawn directly from my knee have spun from as low as 1,500 to 80,000 per µL. (Basically, if I hadn't been planning to come to Cleveland to have all of the hardware removed, my medical team in Honolulu probably would've undertaken a similar procedure.)
And yes, "Breaking Bad" still beckons =)