Lynn Robertson

First post: Jun 26, 2018 Latest post: Dec 3, 2018
As authored by son Will and sister Carol......not a nun sister, but a birth sister........Lynn is your typical  loving kindergarten teacher, wife, mother, daughter and sister.  As she and Larry looked forward to their retirement years, she wanted to be in the best possible physical condition.  Her hip had been bothering her for some time, and so she sought medical advice from her primary care physician, who then referred her to an orthopedic specialist.  The decision was to schedule one full hip replacement for December, 2018.  Since Lynn and Larry had scheduled a 2 week vacation in Europe for June, the decision was made to get a cortisone shot in her hip prior to the trip, and in alignment with the timeline for her hip replacement.  She got the shot on June 11th, and felt pretty good.  Then a couple of days later, everything changed.  While shopping at the garden store, her leg (hip) simply "gave out", and she had immediate and severe pain.  She spent the next few days consulting with her doctor, and believing that she had a negative reaction to the cortisone, as about 2% of patients do.  She treated the symptoms with pain meds, ice and rest.  The symptoms were unrelenting, and by June 19th she found herself admitted to Fairview Southdale Hospital, and undergoing a hip aspiration.  Over the next few days, it was confirmed that  the cause of the pain was a bacterial infection known as MSSA, or methicillin-susceptible staphylococcus aureus......basically a very nasty bacterial infection.  A common term for the infection is Sepsis.  The course of treatment involved taking samples of the bacteria, culturing them, and matching them with the appropriate antibiotics.  This process took several days, and also involved orthopedic rinsing of both shoulders, left wrist, and right elbow, in addition to her left hip.  The goal is to stop the spread of the bacteria, and to eliminate it from her body.

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