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:
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:
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.