Monday, June 28, 2010

Prayer Request

My brother had a hip replacement done a month ago.  He now has a staph infection in that leg.  At 1:00 today they are going to open up the surgery site, take out any plastic parts and wash the joint really well, hopefully anyway!  He is on an antibiotic IV and will be for however long it takes for the infection to clear up.
He was really doing well, we thought.  He even drove an hour to visit our mom on Wednesday last week.  On Thursday he had a fever, and by Friday he was in excruciating pain.  He went to the ER where they gave him antibiotics, did blood work, and sent him home.  On Saturday they called and told him he needed to be admitted so he could have antibiotics by IV.  Yesterday they took fluid from the hip site, and this morning told him that he needed to be opened back up today. 
We are just praying that this is all they'll have to do.  However, we know it is in his blood and that the entire leg was hurting, not just the hip joint.  We are praying that it hasn't spread to any other parts of his body, like the other hip that he had replaced two years ago.  We are praying that this procedure today will take care of everything.  He works with severely handicapped students and is supposed to be back at work  the first week of August.  We are pretty sure that won't be happening.
Mother is about the same.
I do know this is supposed to be a sewing, writing, artsy kind of blog.  Please be patient with me while I deal with life issues that don't pertain to those areas. 
I really am working on some smocking.  I have back smocked panels for two of the three dresses.  I need to purchase some embroidery floss in the right colors.  I'm surprised that I don't have what I need, because I've got lots of different colors.  I need a really pale yellow, though, and the only yellow I have is very bright.  I will try to take pictures soon and get them posted.


ShirleyC said...

Goodness, Julia, that is terrible. I will pray hard for the meds to work.

Kathy said...

That's awful Julia....Your brother and your family is in my prayers.

m&em said...

My prayers are with your brother that all goes well and he gets better soon, with your mother that balance may be found and prayers for you as you travel this difficult road ahead. Take care.

Susan said...

Prayers for your brother as he has his surgery today and for a fast and full recovery! My prayers go out to you too, Julia...I know you have your hands full right now!

Sewconsult said...

Prayers being said for your brother. I worry about infection all the time since I had my knee replacement. I am on a low dose antibiotic for UTIs all the time & hope that I never face such a scenario. I hope he has a speedy recovery.

Claudia said...

Dear Julia, your brother is in my thoughts and prayers. It seems so unfair to got through the surgery, recover and then battle an infection. I hope these antibiotics do the trick and that he is soon fully on his way to recovery.


gwensews said...

Oh, no! Best wishes to your brother.

Kelly said...

Your life is way more important than any blog! Take your time and we'll be praying for you!

MushyWear said...

Lifting him up in prayer!

Kim said...

oh Julia- it really is your turn for some good luck in your family! I will pray and pray!! Real life is part of blogging- I would rather read a blog that feels like a real person to me- and of course we want to be there when our friend needs help!! Big huge hugs to you!!!

Jackie said...

I agree with Kim, your family deserves a break from all this. I hope that your brother is resting comfortably after his surgery this afternoon and recovers quickly.

Donna said...

Julia, I'll be praying. I know that is so frightening..but the Lord can keep him we will all pray.

Donna @ Comin' Home

ittybittyandpretty said...

your brother is on my list!! stay strong, he will beat this.

JustameR said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. I will be thinking of your family.

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