Carpal Tunnell Staph Infection

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Boo
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   Posted 9/10/2006 2:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Guys!  Long time, no talk to!  Still trying to get my life back after having capral tunnel surgery in July and going back to hospital ER a week and a half later (on my birthday!) with staph infection in surgery site.  Still no feeling in thumb and two fingers and they are cold to the touch.  Spent 5 days in hospital on Big Guns IV antibiotic and morphine pump.  Pain, halluncinations, rashes, throwing up....This was two weeks before my daughter's wedding!  I made it to the wedding in a haze.  3000 mg. Doxicycline (sp?) a day for three weeks after discharge.  This all happened on July 29 and my skin on my entire body has just now stopped peeling off.  I can just imagine how many layers my stomach went through.  Doc who did the intitial surgery never answered any pages while I was in the hospital.  I kept asking my husband if I was going to die.  He slept in a chair next to my bed then drove 50 miles to go to work every day. 
I only had TWO physical therapy sessions.  Now I'm left with a useless hand and have to have hubby help me dress every morning. 
During my recovery here at home Rheumy's nurse made a mistake on a refill for antidepressant (wrong dosage).  She was real flippant about it.  "Just a mistake".  She got an earfull and so did my rheumy!  They picked the wrong gal to "just make a mistake" with. 
Anyway, here I am, alive and kicking, thank goodness.
I do believe the doc who did my emergency surgery saved my life but wondering if I should "lawyer up".  Boo

curley
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   Posted 9/10/2006 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy Boo you have been having a time have'nt you,I sure do hate it but I do hope that you will get better soon.I can totally relate to the one hand thing.I know how hard it is to get dressed with one hand (long story).Please keep us up on how every thing uis going.
Thanks
Curley......
a.k.a.Mela...........


Boo
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   Posted 9/11/2006 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Curley. Things are getting better every day. Just grateful I still have a hand!
Boo

CaMama
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   Posted 9/11/2006 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Boo, sorry to hear all this...I would definitely (with one hand, I know it is difficult) do some reasearch on your situation, push for more PT w/your doctors, get a second opinion on your recovery/progress, and make some calls to lawyers and see what they say.....it may be too eary to tell how you will recouperate, but that's where the knowledge/research should help.

There is no reason you should be left in the dark about what is going on, recovery expectations, etc.

I hope you start getting some feeling soon and start feeling better.

Take care***


 


Boo
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   Posted 9/12/2006 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Yup, you're right, CaMama. I have been doing research and I have a lot of lawyers as customers. One told me to seek representation but he couldn't do anything as he's now a judge. Another told me nothing could be proven as to where the infection came from (most of us could have it on our skin at any time). Blah, blah, blah. All I know is, I've got a useless hand and the doc is finished with me. I should go out of state to a specialist and find out exactly what I can expect as far as recovery.

CaMama
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   Posted 9/12/2006 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm sorry - I don't accept that. You had COMPLICATIONS as a result of the surgery and recovery, no matter WHERE the staph infection came from. You do NOT have feeling in your hands. You have CONCERNS and ISSUES regarding the surgery - the doctor IS NOT FINISHED WITH YOU as you are NOT FINISHED WITH HIM.  He should be put on probation. I hate doctors like that - they need to have their licensed revoked until they get some schooling on people skills and how to be a caring doctor.  You need to find someone who can make sure you are okay and give you any care that might be needed to ensure your recovery goes smoothly.

My sister in law had lasik with complications. The doctor said, "you're too fussy of a patient" and dismissed her! Turned out she had an infection and could have lost her sight. Thank goodness she as persistant and went someowhere else. The doctor she found turned out to be the 1st doctor's "clean up man" (by coincedence.)  Big lawsuit, I think they finally took the guy's license away from him.

Feel better soon.
****
 


Boo
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   Posted 9/13/2006 1:28 AM (GMT -7)   
CaMama, I don't know exactly how to go about it but I need to call the clinic and inquire about their Infection Control. Maybe the State office. Boo
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