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Staph

Sunday, June 5, 2005 3:15 PM CDT

Well folks, the infection in Dave's IV site turns out to be a strain of staph that has proven to be resistant to the first two antibiotics they tried. We're on a new combo of two powerful antibiotics. They're afraid that it will infect his port and that they'll have to remove the port. This is scary, because he's on blood thinners, and surgery while on blood thinners is always risky. And the worst is, the IV site was completely unnecessary since Dave had the port, and it was already accessed. The CT tech told me the port couldn't handle the rate of infusion of the contrast for the CT. I told him that they use the port for the contrast for the MRI's, and he said, "Oh, but this is much faster." Turns out to be a bold-faced lie. I should have known...I mean the vein the port goes into is much larger than the veins they use for IV's. I'm so mad. And some of the nurses in the hospital are not being careful about hygiene when they access his port. I complained, and am watching them carefully. The doc is setting Dave up on IV fluids through his port so that will hopefully reduce the risks. I'm so mad. The hospital administrator will hear from me tomorrow. Dave missed Kate's dance recital, and now will likely miss Kenny's 8th grade graduation, since they don't think he'll be able to go home until Wednesday. Please pray they get the infection under control.

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