Infection or allergy?

On Tuesday, I drove David to the Straub physical therapy clinic for an evaluation by a physical therapist. It was there that I noticed swelling and redness on David’s wound:

Wound on Tuesday at PT 002-A

I told the PT that when I changed David’s bandage on Sunday, his wound looked fine. This is a photo of how it looked on Sunday:

wound 001-A

The PT called Dr. Nakasone, the surgeon who operated on David’s knee last Thursday, and was told to place David in a wheelchair and bring him to the hospital. I was to get in my car and meet them there.

After Dr. Nakasone examined the wound, he prescribed Bactrim, an antibiotic pill, which David is to take twice a day. Since the wound is not leaking, he no longer has to place a bandage on it.

We will see the PT again on Thursday, and the doctor next Wednesday.

It’s a good thing David was seen yesterday, because the sooner an infection is treated the better.

I believe that David did not follow protocol before and after surgery.  He should have used a fresh washcloth when showering and used fresh running water on his wound, but he did not.

On the other hand, Dr. Nakasone said that the redness and swelling could be due to an allergic reaction to the staples.

If David responds well to the Bactrim antibiotic, then we can all breathe a sigh of relief.

10 Responses to “Infection or allergy?”

  1. DJan Says:

    Hope it’s only an allergy! It does look red and unhappy.

  2. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Best wishes to David; hope all goes well.

  3. Carole Says:

    Oh, that does not look good. So glad you had it checked out by the doctor. If it was an infection, best to treat it ASAP.

  4. Hattie Says:


  5. Linda Reeder Says:

    Oh no. I hope the treatment works. A friend of mine had a terrible time with infection in a knee replacement – a month on intravenous antibiotics. Let’s hope it’s not that. Keep us posted.

  6. Olga Says:

    Ouch. It looks angry and sore. I am hoping that it is responsive to the treatment.

  7. Christine Says:

    oh gosh keep us posted Gigi.

  8. c werk Says:

    Wow. Take care.

  9. Beatrice Says:

    Just catching up on the posts describing David’s surgery and hospital stay. Sure hope the redness is only an allergic reaction and you are a good and concerned partner and caretaker, Gigi.

  10. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Good grief. Sorry to hear of David’s distress. Hope he is better soon.

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