Could use a little actual thoughts and prayers.

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which hospital was it? That happens from unclean operating room/tools sterilization practices.
Had it done at a Hospital in Porland Oregon, one on par with some of the best here in Boston. It is a "common" infrequent complication. Normally a healthy dose of antibiotics clears it up, but he also had excessive fluid retention, which reduced circulation and masked the symptoms.

Godspeed, good sir.

A new knee at 87?!? He sounds like one tough old bird. Once he recovers, he should be good for another three or four decades.
He had a heart valve replaced 3 ish years ago, and "celebrated" by driving across the country with his 5th wheel in tow to visit his sister in New Hampshire.

He had a 8 ish inch long gash on his thigh before the heart procedure. The intake folks though he had fallen, or something similar. He set them straight. He was replacing the offset driveshaft on a 1940's trencher/pipe laying piece of heavy equipment and the shear pin shattered when he was getting it in place and a chunk of it sliced through his brand new coveralls, and his leg. This man, with a heart valve so bad they thought he had 3 bad valves, was replacing a drive shaft on a large piece of equipment he bought from the county, 3 days before open freaking heart surgery.

He is a rare breed.
 

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...He was replacing the offset driveshaft on a 1940's trencher/pipe laying piece of heavy equipment and the shear pin shattered when he was getting it in place and a chunk of it sliced through his brand new coveralls, and his leg. This man, with a heart valve so bad they thought he had 3 bad valves, was replacing a drive shaft on a large piece of equipment he bought from the county, 3 days before open freaking heart surgery.

He is a rare breed.
Buy him a new pair of coveralls, he’s going to need them.
 

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Buy him a new pair of coveralls, he’s going to need them.
They were replaced 3 years ago. We got him "the good ones" (Dickies) and some cold weather ones from Duluth Trading.

He sold the family home about 6 years ago, and moved to the high desert, bought a property with an 1100 square foot mobile home and a 30,000 square foot workshop, with a 40,000 pound rated hoist, two 5000 psi compressors with storage tanks, and a 5 foot wide, 4 foot deep trench in the middle of the shop with a hydraulic elevator to lower and raise parts at one end, just in case he needed it.
 

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Best wishes to the old fighter that knows what it means not to give up but in reality some cortisone blocker should have been the way to go at his age I think.
 

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Best wishes to the old fighter that knows what it means not to give up but in reality some cortisone blocker should have been the way to go at his age I think.
Cortisone was tried. He is a tough old man, he had no cartilage left in his knee, which is why they did the procedure.

Seems the major cause of the complication was his PCP, who had him on massive diuretic doses without supplemental potassium, it had really messed up his blood pressure and heart rate, coupled with the anticoagulation medications, he was in a bad way, which is what allowed the infection free reign to spread.

He is in an assisted care facility, one of the best in Oregon. The only way he got in there was that my aunt (his daughter) worked there for 10+ years until she retired, and they still remember her.

He is expected to be ok. Was a struggle to get his blood chemistry sorted, but overall, he is on the way to recovery.
 

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Positive thoughts being sent to your grandfather. He sounds like an awesome guy. Sounds like a great little get well package you sent him! Can I have one too? :)
 

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