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Re: Back Surgery, Staph, and Osteomylitis

Re: Back Surgery, Staph, and Osteomylitis

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Posted by Brenda on January 15, 2000 at 16:01:08:

In Reply to: Back Surgery, Staph, and Osteomylitis posted by Liz on January 09, 2000 at 15:13:30:

: I ruptured a disk at work, laminectomy May 24, 99 Did'nt go well 2nd lami. June 25, 1999 one week later high fever and could'nt walk, re-admitted to hosp. they found Staph. went home on IV antibiotics, for 8 weeks, off IV's 1 wk. and re-admitted to hosp. in terrible shape, now with Osteomylitis, back home and have been on 1.4 grams of Vancomycin IV twice a day since Sept. I had to have a Port-a-cath inserted in my chest because my veins wore out!!!! It has been a true nightmare, I never have any energy and my whole life has changed, I am only 41 yrs. old. If anyone knows anything about all this, I would love to hear from you, I have 5 more months of IV's to go, seems a bit lengthy, and what will happen when I go off of them this time? The pain is horrible, and never goes away. Thanks for listening, and God Bless, Liz

Liz,
My husband had back surgery Dec 3, 1999. Nerve decompression.
On Dec 17, 1999 was admitted back into hospital because of staph.
The staph was deep in the wound. Surgeon said the staph was on
the bone but did not indicated osteomylitis. He is on Vanco 1.5
a day for 6 weeks. We are seeing an infectious disease doctor,
are you? You probably should be. My husband had a pic line
inserted in his arm because you can not give vanco continuously
through a regular IV, it destroyes the veins. Our problems is
that his blood count is missed up. White count low, red count
low, MCH low, RDW high, etc, etc. We are now seeing a blood
doctor. Ran more test, will know next week. When he takes the
vanco WBC really goes low, in the critical area. Would love to
visit with you and offer any incouragement I could. Brenda



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