Medical adventures and nightmares

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

This one is for you RJ.
Carroll Malone, my wife has been in a battle with recurring MRSA and other associated infections since her hip replacement in 2003. Yes, it was acquired in the hospital, a very good one I might add. She has battled each of the infections with a great attitude and a team of doctors that are second to none in their respective fields. In a normal situation, the MRSA infection would have killed her shortly after the original surgery. Thanks to Roger Emerson M.D. Orthopedic surgeon, Allison Lidell M.D. Infectious Disease specialist, incredible determination and prayers, Carroll made it to fight another day. It took 8 months to put the MRSA away and seal the surgical opening.
She has had several bouts with MRSA since then in her sinuses, arm and we suspected in her lungs. ( The lung suspicion was unspoken )
In each case she has had great doctors and nurses ( Thank God for the nurses ) who have fought with her and for her.
Last March Carroll was diagnosed with a bad case of bronchitis and admitted to the hospital by her pulmonary doctor, Gregory Foster M.D. who treated her with steroids and Vancomycin. I’m going to pull up short here and write more later. Carroll is having difficulty breathing and Dr. Foster is on the phone for me.
So here I am finishing this on the 26th of June, 7 days after I started.
Dr. Foster commented that ” The hospital she was in did not finish treating the pneumonia Paul. We should get her admitted to the hospital in the morning.”
So after a night of doubled up steroids, nebulizer treatments and a higher flow rate on the O2 we called the Plano F.D. EMT’s and off she went to Methodist Richardson Hospital where she remains under treatment this evening.
I’ll start a new chronicle of this in the morning.
Have a great night and thanks for the love and support.

  1. Mary Kopas says:

    Here is the prayer! Peace, Love, and Blessings, Todd, Mary and Grace
    A Caregiver’s Prayer

    Heavenly Father, help me better understand
    and believe I can do what you ask me to do.

    Forgive me for the times, even now,
    when I question your judgment.

    As I go about the many daily tasks of caregiving,
    give me energy.

    As I watch my loved one oh-so-slowly walk
    across the room, give me strength.

    As I answer his/her repeated question
    just one more time, give me patience.

    As I look for solutions to whatever
    is the most recent concern, give me wisdom.

    As I reminisce with him/her about the
    “good old days,” give me a moment of laughter.

    As I get to know my loved one in a new way,
    seeing both his/her strength and frailty, give me joy.

    As I sit beside my loved one’s bed waiting
    for his/her pain medication to take effect,
    give me comfort.

    Lighten my burden, answer my prayer,
    and give me the strength to do what
    so often seems impossible.

    Give me a quiet place to rest when I need it
    and a quieting of my anxieties when I’m there.

    Change my attitude from a tired,
    frustrated and angry caregiver
    to the loving and compassionate
    one I want to be.

    Remain my constant companion as I face
    the challenges of caregiving
    and when my job is through
    and it’s time for me to let go,
    help me remember
    he/she is leaving my loving arms
    to enter your eternal embrace. Amen.

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