After months of fighting a terrible infection in his knee, Ron Waller finally was cleared for surgery.
If you recall, Ron went for a “routine” knee replacement this past Spring. Nothing out of the ordinary—until there was swelling pain and the diagnosis of a virulent infection in the knee. Ron even had driven his beloved Lotus 1967 Beetle! Now, things suddenly changed.
Rushed back to surgery, the replacement knee had to be removed and a temporary knee installed.
And—IVs of antibiotics had to be administered.
After Ron was sent home, Ron’s wife, Diane, continued to be his constant nurse, administrating the antibiotics and tending to his every need.
When it appeared that things had stabilized, another examination was done. Guardedly, the infection had subsided. But only temporarily—for it surged once again.
Now, months later, Ron was finally cleared for another surgery. The last “say” was from the Infectious Diseases Doctor who cleared Ron for surgery—with this warning!
“I hope that I do not have to see you again! But the Surgeon won’t know until he opens the knee and tests are done to determine whether or not there is infection.”
Yesterday was S Day—At 7 AM, Ron was admitted and the knee was opened. Thanking God—no evidence of the infection was found!
October 16th—Diane writes:
“Ron’s surgery went well. The Surgeon said he still had good bone structure and there was no bone loss or compromise. Also no inflammation or infection (they got the lab culture back before surgery was finished). So Ron got a knee put in. No physical therapy except walking until the wound is healed. He has already been up and walked 250 feet today. Said it felt good to put weight on both legs for the first time in 9 weeks. It was a long day and I’m not sure if he will stay in the hospital 3 or 4 days. Today was a huge relief and the Surgeon did say, ‘you’ll be anxious for about another 4 weeks and then you’ll know we are in the clear regarding infection’.
Again, thanks for all the well wishes and good thoughts, Diane.”
Now, the healing begins! Don’t let up on those prayers and wishes for Ron’s full recovery!