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Date: 24 Mar 2002
Remote Name: 10.10.17.214
Hi, my name is Michele and here is my hip story. In February of 1999 I was diagnosed with AVN of both hips due to prolonged steroid use, at which time I quite walking for about two weeks. On March 3, 1999, I quit walking completely and was taking to the hospital. While at the hospital, they ran all kinds of test and my entire test came back showing that I should have been having a severe asthma attack, but I wasn’t. My x-rays showed that I have small fractures in both hips. My doctor made the choice to send me to my lung doctor to see if he could find what was wrong with me. When we got there, he immediately starts running more test. When all the results came back, I had a bad staph infection and it was shutting my body down. At that time, my kidneys we begin to fail, my blood count was out the roof, I was losing blood and had to have 22 or more blood transfusions and my temp stayed in the 100’s. To be honest, they did not know if I was going to live or not. When he called my Othro doctor in, he wanted to do surgery as soon as I was infection free. But, my pain was worsen as the days went on, so he decided that he would do the surgery and put in a antibiotic replacement, but when he got in there, he was shocked to find the biggest abscess that he had seen, it was from my hip down to my knee. That was were all my blood was going, to that abscessed hip. Because the hip was abscessed, he did not put in the antibiotic joint, he left it out. A couple of weeks later, he took out the left joint and I was then bed bound. I stayed in the hospital until June and then I was sent home. You know, I never thought that I would miss not being able to walk, but boy I did. I cried a lot and always ask “WHY”. I stayed in the bed until October and that was when my left hip was replaced and two weeks later my right one was. All together I have had 7 surgeries. I will never be the same again.