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Intra-abdominal abscess update – surgery

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Well, it’s time for an update.

I’ve been relatively quiet lately as some pretty major internal shifts have been happening, and I wanted to give myself space to allow them to happen…

Some big news is that Moses was released from the hospital this morning. On Wednesday, he had a surgery to drain the intra-abdominal abscess that had developed in November 2013, and he was in the hospital for three days. If you recall, he was on a “super antibiotic”, Linezolid, for 7.5 weeks (an extra 1.5 weeks than was originally planned). During the 7 week period, Moses went from having about a dozen intra-adominal abscesses to one main abscess. They all coalesced into one main 5 x 6 cm abscess (plus another small one adjacent to it – approx. 1 x 1.5 cm), and conveniently moved adjacent to the rectum, which made for a simpler surgery. Back in November, surgery wasn’t even an option given the “complicated  mess of abscesses” in his abdomen.  (I feel the abscesses resolved as a result of using Linezolid, as well as the karmic healing that we’ve been undergoing).

Over Christmas, an additional external abscess cleared up on its own.

The surgery was aided by ultrasound imagery, and a catheter was left in place after the surgery to allow the abscess to continue to drain for two days. Moses was a trooper through this all. No complaints. Within an hour of the surgery, he was sitting up a playing Wii like nothing had happened. Amazing!

This trip to the hospital was much easier than our last one in November since Moses wasn’t in pain, and we knew that it would be a shorter visit. We were told prior to the surgery that he would need to be in the hospital for a couple of days. He was put on a triple IV antibiotic therapy because they didn’t want him to come down with a gastro-intestinal infection. After being in the hospital for 2 days, they noted that his hemoglobin levels were low (70;  normal is around 120), so they started him on an iron supplement (Palafer), which he will need to be on for about a month.

Tomorrow morning, he can stop taking Linezolid (Moses is very happy about this – according to him, it tastes disgusting), and by Monday morning (in two days time), he will be able to go back to his normal dose of prophylactic antibiotic (Keflex – I still hope to get him off this one day soon). He has a follow up with his infectious diseases doctor next week, and a follow up ultrasound, blood work and appointment with his surgeon in a month’s time. That gives us a nice long break between appointments.

We are thrilled to be home and that the surgery is behind us. He has a playdate with one of his friends this afternoon, and then he is going to a laser tag birthday party (his wish come true). I am hoping / feeling / praying that we will all have a good long break and rest now.

Christmas morning

Christmas morning

Playing with his car making kit (Christmas morning)

Playing with his car making kit (Christmas morning)


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