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September 17, 2003

A Triumvirate of Misfortune

1. Well, Isabel. Duh.

2. The Sainted Wife's grandmother died this morning at 10:45. This was expected, but nonetheless depressing. We'll be leaving for Bluefield for the funeral tomorrow or Friday, depending on the weather and

3. The condition of Scotty M, whose surgery wound has become infected.

We became concerned last night when a bright pink ring developed around his navel, though not overly so since it didn't appear to bother him. It had spread by the morning, however, so off he went, with Ngnat and Sainted Wife, to the children's clinic. His doc confirmed our suspicions, drained a thumb's worth of pus from the cut, and gave us a prescription for Keflex. We're to give him that a couple of times a day. We're also to drain the wound twice today and once a day afterwards for the next week or so. This is done by placing Scotty M in water up to his chest, then pulling out the strip of bandage that has been inserted into the cut just above his navel.

SW decided to abdicate this responsibity, calling me home from work to deal with it. We just drained it for the first time in the kitchen sink. Watching the thin curls of blood waft up from the hole in Scotty's stomach was....unsettling.

However, it wasn't as bad as reapplying the bandages. Once Scotty is out and somewhat dry, I have to shove another strip of bandage into the wound with wooden Q-Tip, much like an artilleryman shoving wadding down the barrel of a cannon. Once that's done I have to tape a cover bandage over the inserted one, aka the "hernia tampon."

He doesn't care for any of the above, and lets us know this at length.

The whole thing gives a man a powerful thirst. A woman as well, from his mother's reaction.

Our fear is the infection was picked up in the hospital during the hernia surgery, and is thus much more likely to be one of the antibiotic resistant strains. It's also a worry for Scotty's doc. He told the wife that if the Keflex didn't reduce the size of the infection within six hours, we were to check him back into the hospital, which didn't do a lot to put her mind at ease.

Odds are Scotty will be fine even if he has been invaded with one of the resistant Staph or Enterococci bacteria, but it has still been disconcerting to be pushed back into the woods just as we thought we were clear of them. With luck, the Keflex will take care of the infection.

If not, I suppose we'll watch Isabel come in from the hospital windows.

Update: The Keflex appears to be working. What was before an angry red ring is now pink and blotchy, like my mother's nose after a glass of wine. No hospital trip tonight, though we are to contact the doc again in the morning.

Posted by Bigwig at September 17, 2003 01:23 PM | TrackBack
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Yikes. Hope Scotty gets better fast, Bigwig.

Posted by: Meryl Yourish at September 17, 2003 04:05 PM

You've got my prayers

Posted by: Robert Bauer at September 17, 2003 04:13 PM

I wish you the best.

Posted by: SayUncle at September 17, 2003 04:15 PM

Poor little guy :-(

"Best wishes for a speedy recovery." Ya, it's a cliche, but I mean it.

Posted by: Russ at September 17, 2003 04:49 PM

Everything will be okay. Fast forward 25 years, and you're telling the story for the zillionth time: the pus, the hurricane winds. SW is yawning, but McSulu, who can't remember the incident of course, enjoys hearing the story yet again. You're both sipping Young's Special London Ale or something.

Posted by: Jim at September 17, 2003 06:22 PM

Prayers, condolences and hopes for a full recovery. Have a safe trip.

Posted by: Deb at September 17, 2003 11:05 PM

I know how harrowing it is to deal with even routine illness in one's child. I can only imagine what fortitude this requires on your part. Keep up your spirits! (uhm, no pun intended).

Posted by: cj at September 17, 2003 11:41 PM

Condolences to SW about her Grandmother. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope that Scotty recovers well. Let me know if I am needed.

Posted by: Kehaar at September 17, 2003 11:45 PM

I hope Scotty gets over this infection very soon - i know HE WILL!!!
Also condolences to the SW on the loss of her grandMa.

Posted by: ronin at September 18, 2003 06:45 AM

Wow, when it rains it pours. Hope your boy is better soon, and we're sorry to hear about your loss.

Posted by: Rita at September 18, 2003 07:15 AM

Sorry to hear about SW loss and scottys infection. Condolences to you both, and hope for speedy recoveries.

Posted by: brother at September 18, 2003 12:19 PM
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