As I was finishing Sunday’s post wrapping up how things stand three years later, Michael realized that the stomach upset he’d had since the middle of the night warranted medical consultation. After the earthquake of his summer emergency surgery, until then, his recovery had been going well. He was gaining weight and strength and things were looking good. Long story short: two more days in the hospital to treat an infection upstream from the surgical site.
Dr. Thoughtful to the rescue again: he came to see us at the hospital, and brought the latest evidence-based medicine findings on the most effective treatment and options for Michael’s situation. With that information, we were able to navigate past the “standard” (non-evidence based) protocols that might have called for more invasive diagnostics and treatment and stick with watchful waiting and more antibiotics, IV and then oral. So far so good on that front.
Watchful waiting continues and we now hope that the aftershocks subside further.