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May 7, 2018 Latest post:
Aug 20, 2018
Welcome to Carla's Caring Bridge website. I am using this to keep family and friends updated on Carla's health. I know that Carla and her family will appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. My name is Diane Browne and I have been a friend of Carla's for 44 years. I now live 7 1/2 hours from her and wanted to do something to encourage her through this rough time...so I set up this Caring Bridge page to enable her family and friends to keep in touch with her during this difficult time. Here is Carla's story: For several years Carla has been having severe hip pain and trouble walking. She visited multiple doctors and they all told her that there was nothing to be done and that her hips were fine. She continued to work a 40 hour week while using a walker daily. At times, her hands were so swollen because of her Rheumatoid Arthritis, that she had to use her forearms to maneuver her walker. Finally an orthopedic doctor listened to her and found that her hip was bone on bone. On February 6th, Carla had hip replacement surgery. Things seemed to be going well and she was discharged. Then on February 11th, Carla fell and broke her femur and trochanter bones and laid in a snowbank for 1/2 hour until an ambulance came and took her back to the hospital. On February 13th, the surgeon put bands around her femur and had to do a partial revision of her hip replacement. Carla spent 7 days in the hospital and then 4 weeks in a rehab facility. Her incision then became infected and on April 3rd, she had a 3rd surgery to drain the infection and do another partial revision of her hip. She had a PICC line implanted to receive inter-venous antibiotics for 3 different types of strep infection. She was sent home but the infection continued to worsen and she also contracted a lung infection. On April 9th, Carla had her 4th surgery and the surgeon removed her hip prosthesis and put in a spacer. This spacer will remain indefinitely until they are sure that the infection is totally gone from her body. Then she will undergo a 5th surgery to put in another hip. Carla is unable to walk, drive, and do just about every daily task that we all take for granted. If you would like to be an encouragement to Carla: first and foremost PRAY for her, John and Micah. Next, if you would like to help out with a meal, run errands, help with household chores, or anything else that you feel would help, then go to the "WAYS TO HELP" tab and then click on the planner, for some suggestions. You can also leave Carla a note below this post and let her know that you are thinking of her. Thanks for reading this and let's all show her and her family that we care!!