Happy 2nd Birthday Baby Brandt!

Happy 2nd Birthday Baby Brandt!
Busy as can Be--2 Years Old!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wound Vac Out/Drain In

Taking Brandt 2 surgery now. In about an hour should know if he has 2 keep wound vac longer or if dr. can reclose incision.
I rushed to the hospital this morning to sign the disclosures required for Dr. Bradley to take Brandt to the OR...really hoping the wound vac can come out this time. Glenn and the boys got here in time to meet with Dr. Bradley and Jennifer afterward. Everything looks good as far as healing goes. However, he said again that it's just a waiting game to see if the wound heals after closure without further infection forming. Apparently once this bacteria get into the wound, they can't kill it off. He will always test positive for this staph strain. But it's not the highly-resistant strain, so again they are hopeful that the antibiotic treatment and the extra time with the wound vac will enable healing without additional infection growing from the bacteria. After removing the wound vac he closed the incision with special stitches that will have to be removed, instead of the normal inside stitches that would dissolve. He also put in a drain to continue removing fluid from the exterior instead of allowing it to accumulate inside the incision.

He said we would need to be here for at least a week for him to be able to closely monitor the incision. He apologized that it would put us here over Christmas, but in reality, I was expecting that and certainly have no desire to head home and have to turn around and come back...none of the dr. offices will be open over Christmas, and this way Dr. Bradley can do the dressing changes himself and Brandt can get help for pain.

After making sure he came out of anesthesia ok, Brandt was able to move to 8D and his recovery room. The staff there were so sweet and gave us a large room since we'll be here a while!

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