Looks like we won't be leaving the hospital today as planned. The bone culture results came back and it's a staph infection. He'll need IV antibiotics for the next 6 weeks.
They are going to put a permanent pic line in his arm today or tomorrow and I will give IV antibiotics at home as well as continue to do his wound dressing changes.
At the end of the 6 weeks, he'll need another surgical debridment to remove whatever bone was lost and maybe a flap. Then hopefully we can start the healing process which will take a few months. After Thursday's surgery, his wound is now as large as a softball. Prayers for no more steps back, no more infection and a speedy recovery.
If you feel inclined to help us financially, it's greatly appreciated. Thanks!
We are out of surgery and in recovery. We went in for a flap which would've moved good tissue and muscle from one area to cover the hole in his behind. Unfortunately, there was a massive infection behind the back wall of the hole. The surgeon had to remove infected muscle and tendons as well as some bone that was dead. A flap cannot be done while there is an infection. The bone is being tested to see if it is infected. He was started on antibiotics and they will keep him here in the hospital to make sure the infection is clearing. In a week or so, the surgeon will decide if a flap is necessary to cover the bone that is now exposed or if he can heal on his own with a home wound vac machine, but says either way we are looking at 3-4 months heal time.
Tomorrow's the day. William Goodson is having flap surgery in the morning. We will be admitted and stay approximately a week since he'll be on a drain. Once we go home, he'll need 6-8 weeks to heal which means continuation of not sitting down. He's layed so long on his sides that his shoulders are giving him a lot of pain so pray for that the pain will subside please. Prayers for a smooth surgery & fast recovery appreciated. I'll keep FB updated with how he's doing.
And if you'd like to help tie us over for the next couple of months until he returns to work, every little but helps and is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Update: We went to our weekly visit at the wound care center and also saw the surgeon. The plan was to have the surgeon debrid (scrape dead tissue off) of the wound and then let it try to heal on it's own. As it stands, the wound is very deep and about a centimeter from his tail bone. If they debrid, the bone will be exposed. The wound must be debrided. So the surgeon will have to do a flap.
"Flap surgery is a technique in plastic and reconstructive surgery where tissue is lifted from a donor site and moved to a recipient site with an intact blood supply."
Flaps are risky and can fail quite easily. Any pressure applied to wound area after flap will result in a large hole, re-flapping and at least a year of recovery. He will not be able to sit for at least 8-12 weeks while the flap heals. He's not sitting now anyway. He lies on his side but as you can imagine, it's frustrating & gets old quick.
Anyway, that's the plan whether we like it or not. The surgeons office will inform us next week as to whether the surgery will be next week or the following week. He will stay in the hospital with a drain on the wound for about a week after surgery.
Please continue to lift him up prayer as we trudge through this difficult journey. And again, if you can help financially it would be greatly appreciated since it will be months before he can return to work. Thank you.
Went to see the wound care physician today for the decubitus ulcer on his behind. He'll need another surgery in a week and will need to continue to stay off his rear for another few months until wound is healed meaning he still cannot work.
The wound measures about 8 inches wide by 4 inches deep (deep enough to put half your fist in), So we're home bound for now, on home health, using a portable wound vac machine to assist in healing. Continued prayers & support is greatly appreciated!
Tomorrow...Day 43...Finally...We will be going home from the hospital!
Home health will be coming over 3 times a week for wound care and he will go home on a wound vac machine. In about a month, we'll come back to hospital for skin graft surgery. Other than that, we are only leaving on a blood pressure pill and considering everything that's happened, we'll take it! Kidneys are functioning great!
Thanks to all of you for your support, thoughts, kind words & prayers during this difficult journey for us. We really appreciate it. We are blessed beyond belief! :)
Will has been stable all day which is great. His oxygen was all over the place yesterday and we were on pins and needles. It has been nice and steady all day. They have been able to get close to 10 pounds of fluid off so far. He still hasn't been able to urinate so unfortunately, dialysis will continue. Please pray for his kidneys to regain function & for his lungs to heal! I am beyond ready to have him wake up and be well. I miss talking to him more than anything :(
Not much to report today but we will say that no news is good news. There has been no regression and for that we are grateful. Our big issue at the moment are the failing kidneys. Will has about 20 pounds of fluid on him. He is barely recognizable because his poor face is so swollen. He had a 2 hour round of dialysis last night and they were able to get 5 pounds off. At the same time, they are still giving him necessary fluids which is adding MORE fluid. In light of that I requested continuous dialysis which was started this afternoon. Since it will be around the clock dialysis this will prevent the addition of more fluid and hopefully remove the existing fluid. His lungs cannot continue to heal since the fluid in them cannot be absorbed in his interstitial tissue right now. They are doing the dialysis very slowly since he is very critical, however, once all the fluid is off, he will be able to hopefully get the fluid off of his lungs. He did break out in hives today was well from an allergic reaction to an antibiotic he's been given, however, a dose of Benadryl knocked it right out. Please continue to pray for Will as he battles through this journey. Thanks!
Chest xray was the same this morning as yesterday. Vitals are good & blood gases are coming up. Liver function is elevated. Electrolytes are elevated (this is expected bc of his kidneys). He's a little jaundice. The said hopefully the dialysis today will help the liver function & allow his body to absorb the fluid off the lungs. Right now he has about 15 pounds of fluid on him from his kidneys not functioning so he's unable to absorb any fluid from the lungs. He's getting a blood transfusion now for low hemoglobin then they will start dialysis. 2 hours of it today, 3 hours tomorrow & 4 on Wednesday. Then they hope by Thursday his kidneys will function on their own & his lungs will get better. Keep praying!!!
We are creating this personal fundraiser to help our friends, Will Goodson and Soledad Steele, with financial help during this difficult time for their family. If you are unaware of their struggles, please see this article from the Tyler Morning Telegraph. Will was admitted into the hospital with the flu on January 3rd. Soon thereafter, his illness morphed into pneumonia and has put him into a coma. As of Friday, January 10th, he remains in CRITICAL condition at ETMC. The doctors note he is improving, but they still have no idea how long he will be in the hospital. Recovery could take an additional 4 to 6 weeks. With Will out of work and Soeldad standing by his side, the family is in need of help. The unpredictable and sudden condition makes knowing how much this family will need hard to pinpoint. Please pray for this family and ask God to carry them through. If you are able to give financially, please do so, as it will help the couple out tremendously. They are simply living day to day at this point and trying to get Will better, but bills are accumulating. Remember that every little bit helps.