We are still trying to figure out how to get the infection out of Matt’s head

11 weeks later….We are still trying to figure out how to get the infection out of Matt’s head. Gentamicin was added to our regiment this week. Hoping that it helps. Tonight I realized that there are many of you that wonder what happened with Matt and how did he get MRSA that has caused all of this.
Well….no one will ever really know. They…the specialists, can only surmise that the MRSA somehow entered Matt’s bloodstream through picking at his face and creating an opening or from touching his eyes, removing his contacts and putting them back in…and these are just the thoughts.
MRSA enters your system and generally there is a pocket or what they call a source area that they can get to. When they do, they can drain it, remove it surgically and in extreme cases, they have to amputate limbs. In Matt’s case, the MRSA sourced behind his left eye. Yes, it is still there, no they will not drain it…very risky, no they will not go in through the skull to remove it…again very risky…so we wait. Yes, MRSA caused all of the infections that raged through him in ICU. The bacteria attacks and will attach to your heart, lungs, etc…His did. He is extremely lucky to be alive, if we have heard it once, we have heard it about 100 plus times and continue to hear it from every new doctor brought onto the team. Clearly he has more to do on this earth. We do spend a great deal of our week in with specialists as they try to figure out how to get at the new infection and at the same time continue to watch and get at the abscess/clotting in his cavernous sinus. They have assembled a very talented TEAM of Dr.’s and all of them have been working together to come up with a plan of action for each week. Although I would like it if there was just an easy answer or a pill (and lord knows we have a bin full of them) or IV that would solve this, I know that they are committed to his care and are trying to do no further harm. As my friend reminded me earlier….”this is a marathon not a sprint”. I will try to remember that each time I hear them say that we have to watch and wait. Those of you who know me, I am not a watch and wait kinda girl. I like to solve things and move on…but as my Gran used to tell me, “pray for Patience, my dear”…I am trying….I just wish it would hurry up..lol.
As for Matt, he is okay. He is trying to get out of the house and visit with people…although I think he is learning that he needs some baby steps also. 2 hours out of the house with friends tends to be 8-12 hours of sleeping and recovering. Picking my battles there!!!!
Very thankful he is alive and grateful for all of the love and support that has been shown to us. Keep the prayers coming he still has a long road ahead.