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allie2631
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   Posted 12/14/2009 2:04 AM (GMT -7)   
mum was due to get out of hospital today.  But I went to see her yesterday, she was very flushed said that she felt sick the day before, she was not looking herself. her wound from her hip op is still leaking badly, (she has a bag around it) the nurse said her hip is swollen and very red, the wound is smelly. He legs are swollen in placed and red, very hot to touch.  I watched her try to walk, her left side does look badly swollen, her eyes look more yellow and her bloods are off. Nurses say her wound is not clearing up because of her blood and that is cause by her liver, so she is going for a scan today. so after her refusing any help or homecare, she has this set back.
i also asked her about the detox, she said it was only for a couple of days! what use is that to anyone!!!

hep93
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   Posted 12/14/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Allie, it sounds like she has an infection of the incision site!  A bad one!  She needs to be put on IV antibiotics immediately!  This is one of the worst things that can happen in a hip replacement.  She has been in the hospital quite awhile and they are full of germs.  Her immune system is probably also compromised, making her more susceptible to infection.

As for detox, if she hasn't been drinking all this while that she's been in the hospital, she is already detoxed.  Treatment is a different matter.  She would need at least 30 days of inpatient alcoholism treatment to get a grip on her drinking problem, after which she should follow up with AA or alcohol counseling.  A few days, or even 30 days, will not make a difference. 

For right now, make sure she does not get discharged until the infection is under control.  If she IS discharged, she will need in-home IV antibiotic therapy.  Over here we have Skilled Nursing Units, which are kind of step-down units after hospitalization, for those who require nursing care.  If you have something like that where you are, that is also a possibility.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


worriedgirl
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   Posted 12/14/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
oh alllie i am so sorry. i wish that i could do more for you. i know it is like one step forwards two steps back
The only person who can make you happy is you. Be your own self and love who you are because each and every one of you are wonderful for who you are


allie2631
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   Posted 12/15/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
i saw my mum again today. She is looking exhausted, doctors are waiting for the swab results from the lab to find out exactly which type of antibiotics they should put her on. they said because of her liver they do not want to put her on a broad spectrum antibiotic.
They are not keen in letting her out the hospital right now, as she is in no fit state, I know they are monitering her very carefully, regular blood pressure, temperature and blood tests. Fingers crossed

hep93
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   Posted 12/15/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm glad to hear that they are not discharging her.  They really can't (without leaving themselves open to a lawsuit) until they get her infection under control.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


allie2631
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   Posted 12/18/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
my mum has been transferred to a single room. appparantly her wound is infected with mrsa. what i do not understand is that everyone has this bug on them is it more damamaging to a person in my mums condition???

hep93
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   Posted 12/18/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Someone with a compromised immune system is more likely to battle MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.)  Also, if she has received lots of antibiotics, particularly in the penicillin family, she has become immune to them.  She had an open wound--not everyone does--and her immune system is severely compromised (partially due to drinking and not eating properly for so long.)  I hope they can find a way to treat her.

Hugs,

Connie


hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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