Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Update On Jared

After they took his apendix out on Sunday night, they realized that was not the problem. More tests on Sunday night showed that he had an infection in his hip joint. Last night they removed some fluid from the infection and today he had another surgery to drain the remaining puss and set up a drain so that it can continue to drain if it needs to. His vitals are doing a little bit better today so they are slowly weaning him off of the medications that have been regulating that but he is still on the ventilator. So things are looking up but they anticipate that he will probably be in the hospital for two weeks at this point.

They are calling his condition septic arthritis. Here is a little discription of it if you want to know more.
Septic arthritis, also called infectious arthritis, is caused by a bacterial infection or more rarely by a fungal or viral infection. The condition is typically acute, causing severe joint pain, inflammation, redness, and in some cases fever and chills but may also become chronic. Septic arthritis may affect any joint but is most frequently found in the knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, elbow, and finger joints. Usually only one joint will be affected but, in some cases, there may be more than one. This condition needs to be diagnosed and treated quickly because it can destroy joints in a short period of time.

Septic arthritis occurs most often in people who have had a recent traumatic injury to a joint, have had joint surgery or joint replacement, and/or in people who currently have an infection in their blood (bacteremia or septicemia). Microorganisms can spread from an original site of infection into the blood and then can be carried into the joint space. Additional risk factors for septic arthritis include age (older than 80 years), having diabetes, a weakened immune system, and/or another condition that affects the joints, such as gout or rheumatoid arthritis.

I am still at the hospital most of the time and thankfully ward members and family are rallying around to help.


SEBishop said...

I am glad to hear you have a diagnosis and that they are treating Jared with care. It certainly doesn't appear that Jared was at risk for septic arthritis having read the risk factors. Two weeks is a long hospital stay for Jared and your family, however, infections are not something doctors take lightly. Are you happy with his care so far? WHat a traumatic ordeal for you guys. We will pray daily for a quick and full recovery and no long term damage.

Kris said...

Wow, he does not fit the profil unless he had a lacross injury that weakened the area. You must be home to shower and change, since you had time to type this. Thanks for the up date. We will keep praying.


Lisa said...

Pat, I appreciate the update. We are all praying for Jared and for your entire family at every meal, morning scriptures, etc. I hope that you are feeling some peace during this difficult time. We love you!