I am a firm believer that there is an up side to every situation. Sometimes it might be difficult to see, but it’s there…somewhere. Nick’s nasal culture confirmed that he has Influenza B, but his blood work confirmed that he is not septic from a post-op infection or something else. Yay!!!
I wasn’t overly concerned that this was post-op complication (especially with Naomi having the flu) but we had an experience a few years back that still haunts me a bit when it comes to post-surgical fevers. Nick had been discharged after bilateral femoral osteotomies on post-op day 6. He didn’t seem well at discharge but we went home anyway. He spiked a temp and ended up re-admitted about 6 hours after discharge. His WBC (white blood cell count) was definitely elevated and his CRP (C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation in the body) was insanely high at 33…both markers for infection. Surprisingly at the same time, we found that his hemoglobin was quite low and he ended up needing a unit of packed cells transfused. His incision sites looked perfect and every other test (blood cultures, urine culture, chest x-ray, etc…) came back negative, but nonetheless, he was treated aggressively with antibiotics and responded well. Anyway…in true “Nick” fashion, they never figured out the point of origin for the infection/fever and it drove all of us, including Dr. Faville the infectious disease specialist, crazy. I digress.
Nick will continue with nebs for his lungs and antibiotics for his ear infection, but other than that, it’s just Tylenol and other comfort measures. His incision looks good and I think if we can get this fever under control, then his need for pain meds will all but disappear. I am also happy to report that the antibiotics are agreeing with Naomi and I dare say that she is almost back to normal. The road to recovery is in sight.
And it’s a good thing because my three nephews (6 ½, just 4, and almost 2) have moved in for the next four days (while my sister and brother-in-law are out of town) and the whole quarantine thing isn’t as easy as one would think. Time to crack open another can of Lysol and mix up another bucket of bleach! J