Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back to the doctor

Real quick one...

Harlie's incision is looking red and angry.  Not the whole incision - just at the top where the infection was.  We've been watching it closely and hoping that it would get better.  I took a picture of it on the 13th and then again on the 17th and there is a noticeable difference.

I, of course, was thinking, "eh, it isn't that bad."  You can bet I wanted to believe that, too.  She's been on several antibiotics since May 2nd, 16 days now (most of that time getting IV antibiotics).  How can it not be getting better?  And the antibiotics are awful on her.  I couldn't wait to be done with them!  Which, was yesterday.  So now she's officially off the antibiotics.  Which, if the incision is not looking better, is a bad thing.

So, I couldn't ignore it any longer.  Plus my nurse told me I had to get my head out of the sand (I'm paraphrasing here, she was much nicer about it) and send the surgeon pictures.  So, I did.  I sent her several pictures and she responded by asking if we could come see her today (instead of next week).  Ugh.

Here are the pictures (because I know you want to see, and if you don't, I would like them in my blog for record keeping purposes, so look away if you don't like stitches)...

May 13th, right after removing the dressing. 
May 14th
May 17th
May 17th
See, I don't think it looks that bad.  But, subconsciously I don't want it to be that bad.  And the bottom line is that it should be looking better - not worse.  And it definitely does not look better.  And she's no longer on the antibiotics, so how long till it looks way worse?  Plus, it had some white stuff coming out of it, which may be totally normal, but I don't know.  So, we just can't risk it.  I do NOT want to land back in the hospital!!!  

Plus, I want her to see how she's not putting any weight on her right foot/leg.  I'm worried about what might have happened when she lost her balance the other day.  So, getting x-rays today will be good.

Okay, must run.  Lots to do to get ready to go.

More later!
~Christy

6 comments:

Brittany said...

I've got my fingers crossed that the surgeon will tell you it isn't that bad, but your I'd-like-to-ignore-it-feeling-but-I-can't feeling seems to be spot on so good for you for not letting it go now that she's off antibiotics. I'll also keep my fingers crossed that not putting her weight on her right leg is just skittishness after her fall and not injury. Poor Harlie! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with the boys...

Geoff said...

Oh Christy, this is so frustrating--all of it! I will pray for a positive outcome today. We got you covered back here, just take care of your girl. Good luck!

B-Mama said...

That was me on the last one, but Geoff will be praying too! ;)

Anonymous said...

OH MY- It does look like you should have it checked out. Keep us updated we will be checking in on you. Marcy

Susan said...

Yeah, that is more red. Unless it's from the brace which may be wishful thinking. I really hope the doctor can fix her up. I have a feeling you've got more antibiotics in your near future. Poor Harlie. Please give her a hug for us.

Veronica said...

Ugh, poor darling! Glad you are having it checked out but sorry it hasn't healed better. Praying for you guys!