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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2006, 10:23:01 PM »
Well, as of today I can start weightbearing :D and he is really impressed with how much ROM I have gained since starting PT. He said that he will give the incision another 3 weeks to heal, and if it isn't completely discharge free and closed he wants to reopen it to see what is causing the problem.

In PT today my therapist commented on my right knee, and told me I need to pay attention to it when I am walking because it seems to be hyperextending. She thinks I should mention that to my OS next time I see him... nope, not happening lol. As of right now, I have decided if my knees start to give me more problems I am just going to live with it because I want at least 1/4 of my life back.

I am going on vacation in a little less than 2 weeks, and I really want the incision closed so I can swim while we are gone. I mentioned that to him and he said if it is closed that will be okay, but if it isn't closed he doesn't even want it in the sun, so if it isn't closed I might as well just stay home so I won't be too much of a burden to the rest of my family. I guess we'll see then though.

Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #31 on: May 23, 2006, 05:19:37 PM »
7 weeks post-op and the incision still isn't closed up... it looks like I will have to have this thing reopened like my OS suggested.

One of my friends is starting to have problems with her knees now, she said she thinks they are contagious lol. It's weird because right before I had this TTT she told me she was going to hurt her knee just so she can really relate to what I am going through... and now it happened. She was running track at school Friday and her kneecap subluxed. I told her to go see my OS but her insurance company won't allow for it, so she has to go to the one affiliated with the school. I went with her yesterday and I have to say I don't like her OS very much... I guess because I am so used to mine. She didn't really like him either though, so she is going to go to her doctor to try to get a referral to mine.

My right knee is acting up again, the mini-squats my PT has me doing have made it start hurting again... I am going to tell her today and see what she says. It is probably related to the hyperextending, and if it is I will just live with it.

My family has decided to head to Florida a few days early... we are leaving Thursday. I am getting excited because my boyfriend got transferred to the area we are staying in, so maybe I will get to see him while we are there. Otherwise, it will be September before I see him again. We aren't planning on going to the beach because my mom and dad don't really see a point if I can't really do anything because of my knee. I guess we will see when we get there.

I guess I need to go get ready for PT
Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2006, 08:17:35 PM »
I am back from Florida... I had a lot of fun while I was there. I did go to the beach armed with a box of waterproof bandaids and sunblock for my knee so I was still able to get in the water and keep the incision dry. Both of my knees held up fairly well through all of the walking that we did, they did hurt after a while but it was tolerable.

I go back to PT tomorrow, and then to the OS Monday. The incision still hasn't closed and is really tender, and the drainage has gotten a little worse so I am just patiently waiting until Monday to see what is going on. If it has not closed up by then, my OS said he wants to reopen in on June 14 to see what is going on in there.

I guess I need to start unpacking, I'll post more later
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2006, 10:59:14 PM »
Hey Kayla
 
Glad you had a good time and were able to get in the water. Hopefully your incision will close. Good luck at the OS! Let us know how it goes.

~Erin~
June 2, 2005 TTT/LR  R.
July 26, 2005 TTT/LR  L.
June 6, 2006 Microfracture R.
June 5, 2007 Microfracture & Screw Removal R.
March 12, 2009 Scope and ACI Biopsy R.
May 12, 2009 TTT, Trochleoplasty R.
December 15, 2009 ACI (patella) & bilateral hardware removal
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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #34 on: June 01, 2006, 09:36:33 PM »
Hey Erin, thanks for stopping by :D

I got discharged from PT today, at least for now. I have full ROM, my muscles are as strong as they were pre-op, and I can walk without a limp so she thinks I am good to go. She said I will probably be back if my OS has to reopen the incision, which she really thinks he will because she said it looks worse and seems to be getting larger. But I am really glad to be out of PT, that's one step and I know there will probably be more to come later on but for now that's good news.

In other news, I get my braces off in August! After 4 years with them I cannot wait, right now I have to learn how to talk without moving my jaws because of all of the rubber bands in my mouth, but that is just a normal part of treatment I guess.

I also got a letter from two of the colleges I have applied to, and have been accepted by both. Now to see what other ones accept me, and then I have to work on making up my mind about where I want to go. Right now my choices are Louisiana State or Southeastern Louisiana University, and I want to go with LSU, but my parents want me to go to Southeastern so I guess we will see what happens.

Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #35 on: June 06, 2006, 04:29:30 AM »
Well, today I saw my OS and he wants to do a debridement of the incision next Friday. When he took the bandaid off of my knee, a lot of the skin around it came off and then he did a lot of squeezing and poking at it, and he wasn't too happy with all of the gunk that came out... He is willing to do the debridement under a local anesthetic, but said it may have to go to general depending on what he finds inside. *Sigh* I hope this is going to be the end of all of this.

I guess I need to get to sleep, I want to go see one of my friends in the hospital tomorrow morning.

Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2
« Reply #36 on: June 16, 2006, 09:15:43 PM »
I am back from the debridement. I arrived at the surgery center at 10:30 this morning with my mom and boyfriend. The entire procedure was supposed to last 10 minutes at the most, and ended up taking an hour. It was done under a local anesthetic with sedation... and it was only supposed to last 10 minutes at the most... it ended up taking an hour. Um, he said he got an entire 6 liters of pus and the like out of the area, and it was just starting to spread to the bone. They took a culture and put me back on a broad spectrum antibiotic until we know what was causing it.

He told me there is a chance that it could come back, and if it does he will have to go back in and do this all over again. I am waiting for him to call me back right now because he didn't give me any pain medicine and right now it is hurting quite a bit...

I am going to lie down for a while and hopefully it all lessens a little
Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2 4/5 & Debridement 6/16
« Reply #37 on: June 17, 2006, 05:34:57 AM »
Hey Kayla,

I'm glad the debridement went well. Hopefully this will take care of everything. It sounds like your knee is doing well otherwise, so that's great! Also, congratulations on the college acceptances. I'm sure your parents have their reasons for wanting you to go to Southeastern, but it's important that you go somewhere that you'll be happy and successful.

Well...I hope you feel better real soon!

~Erin~
June 2, 2005 TTT/LR  R.
July 26, 2005 TTT/LR  L.
June 6, 2006 Microfracture R.
June 5, 2007 Microfracture & Screw Removal R.
March 12, 2009 Scope and ACI Biopsy R.
May 12, 2009 TTT, Trochleoplasty R.
December 15, 2009 ACI (patella) & bilateral hardware removal
December 21, 2010 LOA and LR

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Re: TTT #2 4/5 & Debridement 6/16
« Reply #38 on: June 23, 2006, 01:32:48 AM »
Hey Erin :) Thanks for stopping by. I hope that this takes care of things as well. I am going to start off at Southeastern, and maybe transfer later since I am having all of these extra issues with my knee.

Well, I am almost a week out from the debridement and go to see my OS tomorrow. I decided to be a bad patient and slide the dressing down a little just to see what it was looking like, and now I really wish I didn't. It is still really red and draining yellow, and now it is starting to develop a really bad smell... I don't know what that is but I hope it's nothing big. I am kind of worried because I have been running a fever again and it is hurting the same way it was before the debridement.. I have so many questions to ask my OS tomorrow about this crap.

I am getting ready for school now. Yesterday I picked up a form for my OS to fill out so I can park closer to my classes because I don't know if the knee will hold up to a 45 minute walk with books and all.

*Sigh* I guess that is it until tomorrow.
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2 4/5 & Debridement 6/16
« Reply #39 on: July 14, 2006, 02:35:23 AM »
I am now 3 months and 3 weeks post TTT, and 1 month post debridement... and I am still fighting the infection. I have been going to a wound care specialist every day for the past 2 weeks, and my OS has spoken to him and they both think I need another debridement, and I just got a call from my OS's office telling me they have a spot open for tomorrow morning.

The culture from the last debridement came back positive for MRSA, Strep, and a really uncommon bacteria to infect wounds, Enterobacter. Needless to say, I have been on a lifetime supply of antibiotics and pain medication, which I didn't think I would need this far out.

My OS said there is a possibility of them deciding to keep me in the hospital if it looks bad enough this time. I really hope they don't though because I have a funeral to go to Saturday... one of my rrrreeeeaaaallllyyyy good friends died from complications of an eating disorder, and it would kill me if I couldn't make it to her funeral.

I AM starting college this fall, my OS and the wound care doc said they will work around my schedule if my leg isn't better by then.

Well, I am going to get off of here for now, I am having a kind of hard time just simply sitting here at my desk.

I'll try to let you all know how it goes tomorrow,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2 4/5 & Debridement 6/16
« Reply #40 on: July 14, 2006, 06:12:56 AM »
Wow Kayla!!!

You are def. having one tough time with that infection!  :o  Thats great to hear that your OS was able to get you in for tomorrow.  I'm hoping that this debridement can finally rid you have all the infection.  sure doesn't sound like it's been a pleasant recovery since your surgery before all this started! 

I'm really very sorry to hear about your good friend.  Tough losing friends, especially to something as crushing as an eating disorder.  Stay strong.

I understand with the whole college thing.  I'm starting this fall too.   :)  I'm moving 4 hours away from home and am still having lots of troubles with my knees.  Hopefully this all gets sorted out soon.  Thats awesome that the two docs are willing to work around your schedule....that should be GREAT help!!

Good luck and keep us posted!
~Mandy :D
21 yrs old
12/04: plica removal (RK)
2/05: debridement, LR/TTT (RK)
6/05: debridement, LR/TTT (LK)
10/05: scar tissue removal/debridement (LK)
3/06: screw removal (both knees), debridement on TTT site (LK)
5/08: debridement, HTO, Maquet procedure (LK)

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Re: TTT #2 4/5 & Debridement 6/16
« Reply #41 on: July 15, 2006, 12:12:15 AM »
Hey Mandy :D thanks for stopping by. I hope things start to improve with your knees too... I know it sucks to have almost everything revolve around your knees for so long, but things will improve... they have to. Good luck in college this fall! Where are you going?

They did the debridement and took the screws out. My OS said he could see where the infection was beginning to settle around the screws, so they needed to come out. The surgery was supposed to start at 10, but my OS was really late getting to the surgery center and they didn't get me in until around 1. I was in the OR for about 20 minutes, and was home by 4:00. I go back to the wound care doctor on Monday, and then back to my OS Friday... hopefully this will be the end of this infection and my other screws will be able to come out pretty soon.

I can go to Rene's funeral tomorrow, my OS said I may not feel like it but I really don't care if I feel like going or not, I am going. I agree, losing someone so close to you is hard enough, and watching her slowly fade and not being able to help made it a lot harder. At least she is better now, in the few weeks leading up to her death she would go through stages of paralysis and she had completely lost her eyesight.

I live 5 minutes from the college I am going to... I don't  want to go too far away right now because I wouldn't trust anyone else with my knees, but once my OS discharges me and I think my knees will hold up well enough, I am transfering to Abeline Christian University because, from what I've heard, their pre-med program is pretty good.

I guess I need to go lay back down, my leg doesn't like hanging over the side of a chair very much.
Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2 4/5 & Debridement 6/16
« Reply #42 on: July 15, 2006, 02:40:13 AM »
Hey Kayla~

Glad to hear that surgery is done!  Prolly good to have the screws out...I know it was a huge relief having those things out and I didn't even have an infection!  I sure hope that all of this infection stuff settles down.  That's really wonderful to hear that you will be able to go to your friend's funeral.  You're def. right, she's better now.  :)

In the fall I'm going to the University of Minnesota...hopefully to go into Athletic Training/Health Education.  However, I've been thinking alot and have been contacted by Northern Michigan University, and I'm starting to fall in love with that school!!!  Has an awesome training program and the campus is just gorgeous.  But for now, I'm just sticking it out at the U of M.  I understand what you mean about being far from the OS!!  I guess no matter where I end up at school, I'll still be far from my OS.  Have to travel enough to see him just from home!  ::)

Well, here I'm rambling.  Again, so happy to hear that your surgery is done and that you can start healing again....infection free this time!  Take care and rest up!

~Mandy ;D
21 yrs old
12/04: plica removal (RK)
2/05: debridement, LR/TTT (RK)
6/05: debridement, LR/TTT (LK)
10/05: scar tissue removal/debridement (LK)
3/06: screw removal (both knees), debridement on TTT site (LK)
5/08: debridement, HTO, Maquet procedure (LK)

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Re: TTT #2 + infection
« Reply #43 on: July 19, 2006, 05:27:12 AM »
Hey Mandy :) It is a big relief to have the screws out, I wish it would have been the screws in my right knee coming out first though. The ones in my left knee didn't stick out because they had a smaller head on them, all 3 of the ones in my right knee stick out way too far... I can't even make my bed in the morning without hitting the darn things. I hope the infection settles down too, I've had way more than enough of it now, but I'll keep fighting if I have to.

I'm sorry I haven't updated over the past few days, I haven't really felt like doing much... I guess it's a combination of my knee and Rene's death. It has been bleeding a good bit, enough that the blood is seeping through the layers of gauze and the ace bandage. I called my OS and told him, he said it was normal and I could add some more gauze to it and put another ace bandage on and wash the other one if I wanted to, so I did. It has also been draining enough pus to soak through to the first few layers of gauze... I don't know why though, I am on 4 different antibiotics now and I am taking them the exact way he told me to.

My wound care appointment got changed to tomorrow, then I have to set up an appointment with an infectious disease doctor, and then I see my OS Friday, so hopefully among those appointments there will be some good news.

Some friends and I went to play laser tag tonight, something I haven't done in almost 5 years. And then we went to the river and I got to watch them goof around in the water until the cops came and told us that no one is allowed down there at night. I had fun, but I think I overdid it a little because my leg is swollen from the knee down and it is hurting a good bit.

I guess I need to get to bed, I have to get up early in the morning to make it to my appointment.

Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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Re: TTT #2 + infection
« Reply #44 on: July 20, 2006, 01:39:13 AM »
I went to the wound care appointment today, and I have a new doctor who caused me to lose my job. My appointment was for 2:30 today, and I didn't have to be at work until 4:30, so surely I should have had more than enough time to get from that office to work an entire 20 minutes from there... boy was that assumption wrong. I arrived 15 minutes early for my appointment, and was brought back to a room a few minutes later. The nurse unwrapped my leg and checked both of my legs for a pulse, then took a picture. She was out of the room by no later than 2:50. I was stuck in the room with no cell phone signal because they put a signal block in the rooms and all by my little lonesome until 4:19. He came in and took all of the packing out, did a lot of poking and prodding around the incision site and asked me what meds they had me on for it. He had my chart in his hand so I have no clue why he couldn't just look for himself... by that time I was already really aggravated and ready to just walk out. He then told me his nurse would be back in a few minutes to pack it and then I would be good to go. After waiting for about 45 more minutes, the nurse finally came back in, and she couldn't find what she was supposed to pack it with, so I had to wait for her to go find everything she needed... she didn't get back until almost 5:30...

I also noticed that the nurse used one of the things the doctor used to poke around inside of my leg, which he left on the counter when he left.. and she didn't wash it or anything... so if this infection comes back it will be their fault. Obviously, I was really late for work, and my boss wasn't happy about the time I have taken off for my knees thus far, and I guess my being late and unable to call was the final straw and now I am jobless, which means my car will very likely be gasless when it comes time for my appointment with that doctor on Tuesday since I have to go see my OS Friday... so I am not even planning on going back and I really don't want to because I don't have 4 hours to waste every few days.

Sorry about the rant you all, I am just really upset over all of this right now...

My leg is looking a lot better though, only the spot they are packing is open and still draining. The wound care doc said my OS should be able to pack it Friday, and if he can do that I see no reason to waste my gas going to New Orleans just to have that done... I guess we will see what my OS says about that Friday, and if he still expects me to go he is going to pay for the darn gas that I am wasteing because the last time I checked it wasn't free lol.

Anyway, I guess I need to get off of here before I begin another pointless rant
Hope everyone is well,
Kayla
18 y/o
LR 1/05 TTT + MPFL Recon.-- 6/05- R
LR + MPFL recon 12/05 TTT-- 4/06  IND-- 6/06- IND & screw removal-- 7/06 IND 10/06 Exploration 10/06, 12/06, & 2/07-- all left
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