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3/9/2017 Latest post:
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Rick and Jacob were going down to the pasture. He stepped down in the snow and twisted his left knee. It didn't bother him until the next day. He got crutches and was able to walk with them. He went to see his orthopedic doctor in Bismarck on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. After x-rays it was determined Rick needed surgery to replace the plastic piece "bushing" in his knee. This was scheduled for March 13, 2017 as he is on Coumadin and couldn't have surgery right away. Rick continued to walk on the crutches and was doing fine until Saturday (Feb 25) evening. He decided to go to bed at 8:30. About 9:30 he hollered for me to come upstairs because the pain was so bad and couldn't get comfortable. I had Jacob come up and after trying to get Rick up we decided to call 911. To make a long story short we had two Dickinson ER visits and were sent on to St. Alexius Bismarck Monday afternoon. After many tests it was determined Rick had MSSA staph infection in his left hip which is not a prosthetic hip. (This is the same infection my brother, Corey, has been battling. I have been reassured it is a coincidence and not catchy) Rick had surgery late Thursday evening (March 2) and cleaned out the infection in his left hip and were able to replace the bushing in his left knee. The right hip and right knee have been checked and no staph infection present. He has been on antibiotics since Monday Feb 27th.