I’ve got some worries about my father-in-law’s post open heart surgery progress. About a week and a half ago he underwent surgery to replace his aortic valve and had a triple bypass, too. He had to be opened up two additional times to correct bleeding problems within 24 hours of the initial operation. He was on a ventilator for two days afterward, but eventually they were able to take him off to breathe on his own. Four days ago they let him come home to recover. My wife and I are thinking that this was a big mistake.
My FIL is diabetic (no insulin shots for him yet, thank God) and has had a long history of heart problems since he was in his late 20s. He’s 61 now and extremely stubborn. Anyway, the incision in his leg is leaking a yellowish-green discharge and the skin around the incision area is inflamed and the inflammation appears to be moving upward. This is also in addition to the nickel-sized water blisters that come up on his legs if he’s on his feet for too long. The physician has him on a large dose of Keflex which he is taking three times daily. My wife and I are trying vainly to tell him that the antibiotic may not be effective and that it’s only slowing the progress of the infection. Our concern is that he might have a drug-resistant staph infection and that he should get his ass into the emergency room ASAP. However, he’s totally convinced that since his surgeon performed the operation successfully that he’ll be okay because the surgeon and his nurse said that these are normal reactions. My wife and I aren’t convinced. He’s supposed to have an appointment at the hospital tomorrow, but I think wasting extra hours might be very risky in his situation.
Are there any other Dopers out here that have first-hand knowledge about stuff like this happening after open heart surgery? We were freaked out about the extreme water retention in his legs, and this possible infection is really kicking us into overdrive. We’re worried about him possibly losing his leg – or worse. Are we being alarmist or what?
(Sorry for rambling, but I really like my father-in-law. It’s making me nuts to see him doing something that I think, for lack of a better description, is idiotic.)