Life, Faith and Urban Farming

The life and happenings of an unconventional pastor and urban farmer living in the city with a family of five.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Say What? Septic Pelvic Vein Thrombophlebitis

The doctors here believe Alyssa has Septic Pelvic Vein Thrombophlebitis, anything that hard to say must be scary right? Well, it is. But, with the diagnosis and proper treatment we believe she'll be ok. Basically it seems to me that the infection in her uterus spread to blood veins around the uterus where blood clots formed. The infection in these blood clots is always unaffected by antibiotics because the blood is basically dead and not a living part of the body any longer. That's why the fevers have kept coming back and why the pain keeps coming back. The doctor is now giving her blood thinners which should thin and release the blood clots. Her doctor said that this happens very rarely, about 1 in 2000 births. If this is not the correct diagnosis it seems the doctors won't know what to do next, so, odd as it may sound, pray that this is what Alyssa has and pray that the course of actions is effective. We are now on a 48 hour countdown, if Alyssa can go 48 hours fever free we can go home. That means Tuesday at the absolute earliest. Alyssa would really like to know how and why she got this infection, something she may never know.

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2 comments:

jacqui boyd said...

my daughter has been diagnosed with this and has been on antibiotics plus blood thinners (started last Thursday) for over a week. Her white blood count is still high. How long did it take for your wife to get better?

John said...

She spent three weeks sick, one in the hospital on IV antibiotics. She was pretty severe and didn't get a diagnosis until the third week. It didn't take long with the IV.