I hate to report today's events but am so grateful also. On Valentines , we were in St. George and had been practicing for our Floor Show Valentines Dance Line Dance and Waltz. It was really fun.
We were planning on coming home on the following Tues. Tatum wanted her 4th birthday to be at Nana and Poppies House. There was some bad weather in the Forecast. Valentines was on a Wednesday. We looked at the forecast and decided it would be best roads to go home Early Sat.Morning. So that is what we did. Mo drove home in the SSR without any concerns. We got home about 12:00 and unpacked etc etc. Everything was normal.
About 4:00 pm he said he was feeling Flu like, Chills, warm, body aches.So he took ibuprofen and went to bed. He slept ok but was chilling and sweating like crazy, I kept fever reducers in him.
Sunday Woke up feeling worse. I took him to my insta-care as early as could. They thought flu. fever 101. Gave him Tamiflu. Went to bed, very weak. worn completely out. Back to bed.
woke him up a few hrs. later to ask him about his meds. He was very confused. Passed all stroke tests. called Kortney to come over and see his behavior. Called Doc. to see if maybe Tamiflu contra-indication. He didn't think so and wanted him to go to ED. We Went via car Kortney and Cody, Sierra and Adyson helping. He spent all night in ED being totally out of it, pulling tubes etc. etc.
His temp was 105 getting more and more confused. very, very sick. Tons of Tests of every kind to rule out meningitis, blood clot, stroke, UA infection, etc, etc. nothing definitive Until theBlood cultures came back showing septic blood Bacteria MMSA which collected on his artificial valve and throughout his other organs. His heart threw a lot of tiny Emboli to his brain. Causing all kinds of stroke type effects. I have been so scared as has everyone who know and love him.
Team of Doctors: Attending, cardio, neuro, infectous disease Speciality have all been working 24/7 to get him stable.
He has been critically ill and unresponsive for a few days, feeding tubes, 02 constantly. It is now 12 days at IMED and here is where we stand.
Tons of Blood work, TEE's to access Valve damage. He is so much better mentally, but had not eaten or drank for 11 DAYS and was so dry. Antibiotics for brain and heart which in turn can damage kidneys more but everything is a trade off. He turned a corner a day or 2 ago and is now heading in the right direction. The big worry is that Valve needs to be replaced his heart is being monitored by the second. He would not be able to tolerate surgery, so the hope is to get him stable and Bacteria out of blood to be more able to withstand open-heart surgery.
He is almost completely normal mentally now, has a long way to go for other rehab. His right side of weaker than the left but seems better. Was able to eat and drink for the first time after passing barium swallow test. This has made him so much happier. but now he is NPO for a TEE study and he feels it is a set up. Poor guy, my heart is aching for him but we have had good conversations and he is not ready to give up. I can't live without him and need him to recover and continue our life together. Kortney and Kami have been totally amazing.
It has been horrible weather and so cold, Ive been doing things I would have never considered having to do. He has had blessing and many tender mercies afforded us. We have had tons of support from our friends , Ward, here and in St. George. I have been with him for the first days 24 hrs. then as I was totally exhausted, started going home at nights and coming back for 12-15 hr days. Last night I stayed all night again because he had some oxygen issues causing the Doctorys and nurses to scramble and get him stable again. He has done well since.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
we had a wonderful Christmas season. I was busy decorating, Making Fudge, Cookies and all other joyful times with family and friends. I made too many batches of fudge and will probably pay for the indulgences. the above tree was set up in St. George.
Monday, December 18, 2017
on another outing, Mo and I took trax to Temple square and got this beautiful picture.