Erica developed a 102 fever Saturday evening. We contacted the surgeon in Houston and he started her on an antibiotic. At that time there were no obvious signs of infection around the surgery area.
On Sunday her drainage had turned to a white color, which is evidence of infection, and fever persisted. We contacted the local surgeon on Monday morning and he asked to see her right away. After looking her over he decided to admit her to the hospital to administer antibiotics by IV and better control the pain.
By Monday night she was looking and feeling a lot better. This morning (Tuesday) they took out the drain tube and that has further relieved the pain. A therapist is coming today to help her with exercises that will increase the range of motion of her left arm. The doctors expect she will be able to go home tomorrow as long as she can move from IV pain meds to oral and remain comfortable.
Harvey & Erica Braden
Journal of our journey with a Metastatic Melanoma Diagnosis. Erica was diagnosed Stage 3 in January 2010 and then Stage 4 in April 2018.