jerrys hip replacement journey
Organized by: Jerry Simpson
i'm jerry and my hip replacement journey started well over a year before my first surgery on Sep. 2,2014. it began with planning the insurance and financial needs for the surgery and my missed time at work. the surgery went well and i was back to work in six weeks. all was well until early march when i noticed the surgical incision was red and warm and my fever was 104 +. my doctor sent me to the ER and i was admitted to manantee memorial. my surgeon told me he would have to remove my hip joint and i would be unable to put any weight on my left leg. therapy for this situation called for six weeks of daily IV antibiotics and weekly blood tests. i ended up having to have 2 weeks extra antibiotic and after a 3 week waiting period for blood work, was cleared for surgery to put the hip joint back in. so, 3 weeks later, on june 23, i had my second hip joint put in. i was released from the hospital and came home for recovery, but, it didn't go as well as the first time. the home health nurse came to change the bandage and was concerned about the way the incision looked. she called the surgeon and i went to see him that day. the surgical wound looked like it was infected again and he referred me to a surgeon in sarasota who is well respected in the area of hip revisions and infections. i saw him on july 7 and straight to the hospital i went from his office. he removed the second implant the next day on july 8, two weeks after it had been put in and i began what i had just gone through again. unable to walk since march, in more pain than i have ever had, i've survived thus far on help from the wonderful people i work for and family and what i had saved. if not for the second round of revision, i would be back to work soon and not feeling like i needed to ask for more help, but, the second round happened and i am asking for help. i've exhausted my resources and unable (for the near future) to provide for myself, pay my extensive medical bills and household bills. i believe it will be the end of november before i'm able to work again and i look forward to getting to that point. But, I was wrong, I had the antibiotic spacer replaced with another one on Oct 12, because the infection was still there. Then, Nov. 13, I had to go to the ER because of a blood clot. I was in an induced coma for 12 days and almost didn't make it. I am now on blood thinner meds and my hip replacement is now further delayed. It has been nearly a year since I have been able to walk.
Any help is appreciated, thank you.