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Surgery AGAIN?

Quick recap for those who may not remember: Back in 2009 I broke my heel bone in six pieces. It required surgery, 13 screws, a pin, and a plate to put it back together, and months of recovery time before I was able to walk normally again.

Last month, in the spot on that same foot where the surgery incision was, I developed what I thought was a blister. But as it didn't heal for several weeks, I went to see my surgeon about it, thinking it might have something to do with it being so close to scar tissue or something like that. Turns out it wasn't a blister but a boil. So she gave me antibiotics. When the antibiotics failed to kill it, she gave me stronger ones.

When THOSE failed to kill it, she said she wanted to cut it off, which would require anaesthesia. So I was scheduled to go to the outpatient surgery center yesterday morning to have what was supposed to be a simple lesion-ectomy.

Turns out that the reason the lesion wasn't going away was that the heel bone itself was infected! There was pus around all of the metal parts, which apparently provided a means of entry for the infection to spread into. The only way to get rid of it was to pull all the metal out of my foot, drown it in liquid antibiotics, patch up the heel bone with bone putty, and sew it up again.

I'll be on VERY strong antibiotics for at least another few weeks to make sure that the infection in my heel is truly killed. I'll also be unable to put weight on that foot for at least two weeks while the heel bone fills back in around the bone putty.

This really effs up some of the plans I had, including the launch of Or It Didn't Happen Photography and my band's first performance as I.M.H.O. on May 2nd.

Still and all, though, I'm glad we found out and my surgeon was able to do something about it. Otherwise, I may have lost the foot.

Comments

chorale
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. I'm glad something was able to be done! I am extremely glad you didn't have to have an amputation!

Recover well!
ebenbrooks
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when the surgeon told me what happened, I had pretty much that same reaction (vis icon). I don't know exactly what Staph. aureus in bone can do, but I imagine it's really not good.
chorale
Apr. 26th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. Staph. *shudders* If I had bacterially-based nightmares, they would be of staph.

Thank the ghods there are still antibiotics that can fight staph a (although not many.) If this were in the pre-antibiotic era, amputation would have been considered an option. *shudders again*

*hugs!*
ebenbrooks
Apr. 27th, 2012 11:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's kinda scary. Fortunately, I'm taking Augmentin for it. (Although...doesn't "Augmentin" sound like it ought to be some kind of cyberpunk drug that makes you smarter or something?)
whswhs
Apr. 27th, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
With that name I'd expect it to be a male potency drug, actually.

Good luck, and sympathies on the disturbing news.
chorale
Apr. 27th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
ROTFL!
ebenbrooks
Apr. 27th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) And yeah, I can see how "Augmentin" could sound like a potency drug. ;-)
chorale
Apr. 27th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
oh, yes! It "augments" your intelligence, or perhaps improves your sensory abilities? Maybe the GURPS Transhuman Space setting has it?

Sometimes I think I know a little too much GURPS gaming lore… .
ebenbrooks
Apr. 27th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well, don't we all? ;-)

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