Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Joseph's Update

Joseph, my student with the bone infection, recently had minor surgery to remove a fragment of bone from his femur, allowing the antibiotics to better penetrate into the infected area. The actual surgery was performed with a hammer...while Joseph was awake. Joseph was given the bloody, infected bone fragment to keep as a souvenir.

Joseph with a fresh bandage

Joseph being attended to by a fellow student, Xavio, who is acting as his nurse. Joseph's friends take turns caring for him during his hospital stay since an actual nurse only stops in about three times per day to give Joseph antibiotic injections and occasionally change his bandages. At night, Xavio sleeps on the floor by Joseph's bed.

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