Polypharmacy is the term used for just too many drugs!!! Even when they're individually necessary, they all have interactions and side effects. Thankfully today we were able to discontinue one more of the seizure meds and your temperature began to come down mid day.
Culture results came back this afternoon. Five of the eight cultures taken intraoperatively grew the same bacteria, a Klebsiella. Unfortunately it is resistant to most common antibiotics, but the terrific infectious diseases doctors here have chosen correctly and the big gun intravenous antibiotic you're already on has good bone penetration and is effective against this organism. So while it's terrible to have osteomyelitis, or a bone infection, of your new graft we have the culprit's name and it's number. And we are going to destroy it!!!
After a nice long nap with Toliver at your bedside and your first Post-op shower you rallied and completed THREE laps of the unit! Making friends and introducing Toliver to other patients along the way. There are a lot more Labrador induced smiles on 10 North tonight!
I'm not sure who had more fun on your stroll around the unit, you or your terrific RN Steph???
We are grateful beyond words for the amazing Johns Hopkins nursing staff. They are smart, caring, gracious, meticulous and talented professionals. They stop in just to see you and are so encouraging and upbeat.
Pops will be back tomorrow and maybe, if you're up to it, we will get you off the floor for a change of view. Sweet dreams Champ. You are on your way!