I’ve been thinking about the surgery I had when I had the hospital acquired MRSA. I must have been admitted a good 20 times to my local hospital for IV antibiotics, only to have the infection return within days of stopping them.
Finally it was decided to transfer me to a larger hospital with an infectious disease specialist. She ordered a picc line, had a consult with the surgeon and sent me home doing IV antibiotics for 6 weeks. Sure enough once the IV drugs were stopped, the infection came back and this time it was the worst that is has ever been. Instead of Rudy taking me to our local hospital, we went straight to the bigger one where I was promptly admitted. Around 9pm the surgeon came by with a couple pieces of Godiva chocolate. He asked if I liked them, which I did, I devoured them. When I was done with the last piece he said he was glad I enjoyed them because I was npo from that moment on, he had me scheduled in the OR for first thing in the morning. He said he wasn’t going to cut that deep, only needed to get rid of the bad tissue and he was going to leave it open to heal from the inside out. It didn’t sound too bad the way he put it. When I was in preop, I suggested a local instead of general anesthesia and he said the last thing he needed was me telling him how to operate while he was operating. I don’t know how he knew me so well.
I now know I should have never watched “Braveheart” the night of my surgery. You know that scene at the end where Mel Gibson gets disemboweled ? Well that’s how I looked. When they brought me down for hydrotherapy I noticed a poloraid camera on the shelf and I asked someone to take a picture of my incisions. Well when I saw what the doctor did, I went into a full blown panic attack, the like of which I’ve ever seen or felt before. In fact they had to give me an injection of valium just to calm me down. People die from the kind of wounds I had. and I gave consent to this one. In the end, the surgeon was right and it was the last time I had an infection of my surgical site, though it took almost 2 years for it to completely heal.