NOVEMBER 17, 2012
Oh no. We are nearly two months out from the
is anxious at what appears to be some type of
surgery and the tiny wound in her head is oozing
a bit. It has been so long since the surgery and
The care team immediately puts her on antibiotics,
Carla has been “living again ” for a month since
and the next day she is in surgery again to clean
they juiced her up.
out the wound and remove her hardware.
But the ooze isn’t promising, and the surgeon
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NOVEMBER 20, 2012
When Pat first told me that Carla had a setback,
was activated—reverse that into dread for having
that there was an infection, he told me that his
it removed) but they also needed to start some
first thought was to look to the heavens and say,
serious antibiotics to deal with the infection.
“Really? Has Carla not already been through
I think they both thought it was unfathomable
that an infection would occur and so late into
Weeks and weeks after the second surgery.
Just when they dared to hope that everything was
going to be OK and life would indeed be different.
For her to develop a problem now was just unfair
(and that is being kind).
Not only did her doctors have to “turn everything
off” (remember the great relief when this “system”
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