Hi all.. I have met some great people on this site and felt I could share what has been going on.
My husband, Steve, developed a fever of over 102, headache and stiff neck on April 16. Went
to ER Easter night. Followed up with Dr. the following Wed. He admitted him right to the hospital.
He was hospitalized on Wed. at XXX hospital. He had an infection but no Dr. could come up with the location. During the next 24 hours, his health deteriorated fast. He was slow in speech, confused, gait was uncoordinated, fever going higher, all of his organs were markedly affected. After spinal taps, brain scans, x-rays, every lab test under the sun, to name a few, finally Dr. #8 found a diagnosis. Steve had a cyst in his chest that abscessed. The cardiovascular surgeon said he had to have a thoracotomy ( 8 inch incision on his side, go behind his heart, through his ribs to get to the cyst and try to remove it). He said the surgery was risky but, it didn't matter, if he did not have the surgery within 2 days, he would die. It had began to affect all of his organs. The cyst was pressing on his lungs, heart, trachea, valves and covering part of his esophagus.
He survived, which I was terrified he wouldn't. He has a chest tube, drainage tubes out of his
side, and he will be going home with an IV for us to administer antibiotics for at least a month.
His fever returned last night and his blood counts are still too high. It appears he has sepsis and
we are hoping it has not infiltrated his heart, lungs or bone. He could remain in the hospital another
week, if all goes well.
He will be out of commission and work for at least a month.
I have never been so scared. When he was taken away to surgery, I cried thinking... he didn't teach me to use the snowblower fearing I would use it when the snow was too wet and heavy and ruin in. (the weirdest things enter your mind). His parents left and I sent my kids home. They all didn't have to wait around for hours until the surgery ended and he was out of recovery. I had to get out of the hospital. I went out front, took off my shoes, sat in the grass, all alone, and stared at the pager, hoping it wouldn't go off before time (that would mean something bad happened) and then fearing it wouldn't go off to long after the quoted time (that would mean something bad happened)
Who would think a simple trip to the doctor thinking he would either say it was viral (ride it out) or
an infection (take this antibiotic) would turn into this.
We have a great support system that has helped a lot. Better get to bed. Have to get to the hospital early. Thanks for listening (via font).
Scary week for my family
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