Monday, 29 December 2014

What's one more surgery??

Greetings Alley blog readers,

This is Amy, giving an update for today.

So, unfortunately, the ct scan that Alley had yesterday showed that the bone is infected. The doctors swarmed her this am to give her that fun news. So, after waiting for the day, she got into surgery around 530pm today.

They ended up taking out 1 cm of her sternum due to infection. They also did a bronc while she was put under to clear out any secretions in her lungs. The doctor said that they were leaving her chest " slightly open" to keep an eye on things. So, because of that, they put a "vac" dressing on it. This is a little vacuum dressing which makes a seal around the wound and sucks all the fluid out. It is supposed to help heal it faster. Alley is also now on a iv pump for pain where she controls it by pushing a button for the next little bit.

She did return to her room in step down though, and is back on just some oxygen, as she was before. We will probably get more of a plan/more info tomorrow. She will still be on antibiotics for awhile as well.

Hopefully this will be the last fun complication I will post....we are all going to burn and dance around the transplant manual when this is all done.....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

good grief

MM

Sue said...

thanks for the update Amy! Would love to join the "burning" dance of the transplant manual! wow...but they found the infection, have done their thing, and now hopefully Allison can get back on the road to healing. love and hugs to all of you and especially to you Alley.

Helen said...

Oh my Goodness! So very sorry Alley....there are just too many places to look after in the whole of you? This infection got over looked? Enough now. Sending lots of Love. Use that pump and get through this. Remember fight like a girl! We ove you

Dave VanSlyke said...

So Alley wrote a book a while back about her bike trip across Canada. It looks like she's attempting to rewrite the aforesaid transplant manual - or at least add a chapter or two.....Crappy news about the infection but I'm sure that this, too, shall pass. Hang in there!

christina mccully said...

Praying for Alley and thinking of all the family

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of another issue. I expect Alley is spending her birthday sleeping. Good they found it though and hoping and praying this is the last complication.
Aunt Ruth