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By Courtney 24 Comments In case you missed it, more of an explanation on how Alex wound up needing surgery can be found in this post. So, on with the saga… Wednesday night was a rough night of sleep for both of us, thanks to the obvious disruptions of nurses coming in to take vitals, doctors coming to follow up at 5am, and all of that jazz.
The entire night was a total whirlwind, and before I knew it, we were being told to get Alex in a gown and ready for surgery at 9am. From the blood work that had been done the day before, his white blood cell count was fine, but his inflammatory markers were up fairly high, so that was another indicator that his body was working hard to try and fight off whatever infection this was.
At this point, we still had no idea what type of an infection we were dealing with, and whether or not the infection was in the bone, in the soft tissue, or just the skin. So the surgery was ordered to allow for them to go in, clean out the toe, and get some cultures done on the bacteria that had found its way into his toe.
I was starving, and thankfully, Jay brought me an egg sandwich and some coffee. I ate what I could while we sat and waited for the doctor to come out, which happened probably 15 minutes or so after Jay arrived.
The doctor told us that the surgery went very well and that they were able to get some samples to be able to send off to test and determine what exactly we were dealing with. Once we got to him, he was still sound asleep… And he was probably asleep for a good half hour or so while we sat and waited.
He woke up pretty out of sorts, but overall, he was good. Since he was able to drink some juice and keep it down no problem, we were allowed to head back up to our room.
He was walking around, finally having some breakfast and his beloved milk, and playing around with the two of us.
Eventually, we got him dressed and spent a few more hours that morning and afternoon just doing what we could to keep him occupied and entertained. But I was so thankful for the fact that my mom and brother offered to take him so he could still take part in the fun, and gave us plenty of photo updates throughout the evening.
Backtracking to the morning again… Not knowing at this point how much longer we were going to be at the hospital, I told Jay I could really use a shower, so he stayed with Alex for a bit while I ran home quick to shower and pack a few more things.
It worked out perfectly, and Alex wound up sleeping on Jay almost the entire time I was gone. Poor little guy was so tuckered out. While I had stopped home, the pediatric infectious disease team had come in to consult with Jay and finally had some more feedback for us.
Turns out, the infection we were dealing with was actually a strand of Group A Strep the same thing that gives you strep throatand we were shocked who knew?! While Group A Strep can certainly be serious, it seemed a little less severe than some of the other potential possibilities that had been swarming around in my brain.
His x-ray from the day before appeared to show that Alex was missing a portion of his pinky toe, so they were concerned that the bacteria had been eating away at the bone. To play it safe and err on the side of caution, they determined that they would be treating him as if the infection WAS in the bone, which meant a longer course of antibiotics.
Because they knew it was Group A Strep, they changed his antibiotics to more specifically treat it, and started giving those to him via his IV. At this point, because they knew the infection, there was more discussion on how long we could potentially be staying at the hospital.
They were also trying to determine whether or not Alex would be able to go home taking antibiotics orally, or if he would need a picc line to get the antibiotics via an IV that Jay and I would need to take care of.
The thought of going home with a picc line horrified me. So Thursday evening, Jay headed back home to pick up Lucas from his outing with my mom and brother and Alex and I settled in for another night together.
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the infection WAS in the bone, which meant a longer course of antibiotics. Because they knew it was Group A Strep, they changed his antibiotics to more specifically treat it, and started giving those to him via his IV.
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