We came home and this morning when we called our ENT in Spokane we were shocked to hear him say "make an appt for Monday". :( I somehow get hooked in with doctors who are passive...I have no idea why. Dean got on the phone and was pretty strong saying how unhappy he was that we got sent home in the first place and that we are not being taken seriously. Our frustrations definitely climbed with the doctor's office but Dean stayed on it and finally got a phone call back with a better plan.
Meanwhile we contacted our friend's dad who is a renowned infectious disease control doctor. We explained everything to him (he's the one that put us on the 1 year of antibiotics) and he wasn't that happy. He said our chances of killing this once and for all are slim and clearly we are just holding it off but not KILLING the strep. Therefore the moment we go off the meds...it's back. We have no desire (neither did he think it was a good idea) to be on long term antibiotics just to hold it away long term. His suggestion was to have the abutment removed, while in surgery culture the infection, and kill this once and for all. After we got off the phone we noticed the swelling had dramatically subsided. We called him back and he said thats not uncommon when you are just keeping the infection under control it's going to flare up and down. He however suggested one more oral antibiotic to try before we remove the implant.
We are in touch with our surgeon and waiting to hear if he will prescribe it to give this implant one last shot.
Friends are asking about my gut feeling. Sadly, proven to be quite trustworthy when it comes to Azlan's medical care...says to remove it and start over with a clean slate in a year or 2. I am however willing to give it one more try with this new drug and see where we go.
Here is a picture of his Baha, Julie. This was at the beginning of the first infection when kept telling the surgeon there was this sore developing and he was telling us it was 'normal' (...?). The lack of hair growth around the surgery site, however, still looks identical to this picture. :(