Mark's story started on Wed. Dec. 21st when he had back surgery. He had an L4 L5 fusion and came home on Thurs. Dec. 22nd. He was a little slow getting around but he was on the road to recovery. Then Christmas Eve day came on Sat. Dec. 24th and Mark started having a lot of pain while urinating. Since I am a nurse, my guess was that he had a normal post surgery UTI. I called his back surgeon who said I needed to take him to the ER to have his bladder drained. As we drove to the ER the pain got worse and eventually ended up being abdominal pain. After 10 hrs of tests they found the problem, a ruptured Diverticulum (bowel) which then led to Sepsis. Mark was admitted that evening for heavy duty antibiotics in hopes that possibly the Diverticulum might self heal itself and maybe he could avoid surgery. Well, fast forward to Thurs. Dec 29th, after 6 days of ups and downs with temps, BP, pain, etc. a CT scan revealed a softball size abcess in his abdomen from a perforated bowel. I arrived to his room that morning and the OR was already calling for him. He had been back for about 10 min. It was a decision that we really had no time to think about because by now Mark was very sick and something had to be done quickly. 2 hrs later Dr. Credi and Dr. Mark Walsh spoke to me and told me that Mark had 12 inches of bowel removed, he was Septic and he was going to be in the ICU for at least a day or 2 on a ventilator and to be prepared because things would get worse before they got better. Well, it is Mon. Jan. 2, 2012 and Mark is still in the ICU on a ventilator. He is very sick and at this stage, one of Mark's biggest problems is his lungs and the inability to tolerate being off the respirator. I thought we would be well on the road to recovery but that's just not going to happen right now. The doctors say this will be a very slow process and that patience and positive thoughts are what is needed!!