My Story

I was hospitalized on July 22, 2013 following several days of illness and having my temperature spike to 103. I was eventually diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This inflamed a previous undiagnosed condition called Myasthenia Gravis a rare autoimmune disorder. This lead to a life threatening crisis that included meningitis and encephalitis. The result was several weeks on life support that included tube feedings and a tracheotomy to sustain my breathing. A tumor was found in my thymus gland that required surgery. In the mean time I developed pneumonia in my left lung. Surgery on September 26th included removing the tumor, my thymus and the lower lobe of my left lung. I spent 8 weeks at Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital and finally returned to our Fort Collins home on December 10th after close to five months of hospitalization. This blog chronicles my journey from initial hospitalization to the present status of my recovery.

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Signs of Moral Decay".

We have had an enjoyable day with Christian and Bridget and Riley, Caedmon and Eliana. They did make it down to the pool for some time in the water. Eliana joined me and ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Let Grace by Grace".

This morning I had an appointment with my neurologist. This was timely in light of my recent hospitalization. Dr. Bondi was pleased with my progress. I am always surprised ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "You Asked for a Sign....".

A fall like day here in Fort Collins with cool temperatures. My nurse came and changed out my IV line. I went ahead and removed the old one myself after my morning ... Read more

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "When What I Fear Happens".

Today I have had more energy and strength then in the past two days. The last two evenings Debbie has helped me with my walking with my walker. I have been able to make it ... Read more

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "A King for God's People".

I was looking at my grass and it seemed that it needed to be mowed already after my Saturday evening mowing. But it is raining again and it looks like more rain will come ... Read more

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Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Faith for Others".

I am continuing my self-administered IV antibiotics. My home-care nurse came by today to draw blood and check my blood pressure. I also had a conversation with my case ... Read more

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Charging God with Wrong".

I have enjoyed my first day home from the hospital. Last night late my home care nurse paid us a visit to get me going on my first home antibiotic dose. This is the third ... Read more

Ken Summers posted a new journal entry, "Come, Take, Learn".

This morning I seemed to sleep in later and feel a little more fatigue than yesterday. I wasn't sure if that was due to my lack of activity with hospital confinement or ... Read more

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