Monday, January 18, 2010
Admitted due to lingering infection
As many of you know, Mark has been struggling with an infection for several weeks now. He has felt very badly battling with fever, fatigue, nausea, decreased appetite, etc. His Nephrologist at dialysis has been treating him with IV antibiotics over the past few weeks. However, his body does not seem to be responding to the antibiotics as his cultures are continuing to indicate the presence of infection. Because of this, the dialysis Nephrologist sent us to UK to be admitted in order for the Transplant Team to investigate the cause and location of the infection. The catheter used for dialysis, the mesh around the transplanted kidney, and the mesh around Mark's repaired hernia could all possibly be the location of the infection. If the catheter is the site of infection, Mark will undergo a procedure to replace the catheter. Surgery will be required if the infection is in a mesh. If this is the case, I anticipate that the Team will explore removing the transplanted kidney as they have talked about this at his past visit. As we mentioned in a previous blog, Mark's hernia has returned. We were scheduled for a consultation on Thursday for the surgery to repair the hernia. So, we're hopeful that if Mark has to have a surgery to remove a mesh, they can repair the hernia at the same time. We are in the ER right now and hope to be in a room on the transplant floor sometime soon. Please continue to pray for Mark!