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Dec 21, 2017 Latest post:
Jan 3, 2018
He had been admitted to the Anna Jacques Hospital with chest pains on November 15, 2017 and a Heart Cath was done the following day to see where the blockage was - Alan had a stent collapse on the right side of the heart, so they were scheduling for him to go to Beth Israel as an outpatient to have the stent replaced. However, in the meantime Alan got a fever and his white blood count dropped drastically, so on the 17th of November they did a bone marrow biopsy - the suspicions were Leukemia, so it was decided to transfer him to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston - because they had a better facility to treat the Leukemia - so he was transferred on the 18th of November. Some where between the 18th of November and the 25th of November - a psychosis had set in on Alan - the dr's call it a delirium and it is common with Cancer. It was very mild in the beginning - however, by the 26th of November - Alan had completely lost touch with realty and become completely lost to the world of delirium;Unfortunately, Alan cannot have treatment for the Leukemia until they can control the delirium , so he is sitting in his room on the 7th floor of Beth Israel being treated for delirium. His case is complicated - the Leukemia is AML/ALL (he has both cells), he has a stent that needs to be repaired and he has COPD - also, they have done test that show - Alan's "frontal lobe" (the brain) is very weak and has had a lot of trauma - the dr.'s feel that this is the problem. He is being treated with drugs to stop the delirium, but it is a slow process and nobody knows if this will bring Alan back to us. So this is so complicated and so unreal. So very hard to believe that a man - who left his garage on the Tuesday afternoon the 14th of November - is now completely lost in another world. He has bouts of "reality" - but for the most part, he is not with us. Alan has worked all of his life - in hopes of retiring - and taking it easy - and now he has no idea of where he is and who most people are. He has a heart bigger than can be imagine- and this has to be so frustrating for him to be "trapped" - in his own head :please pray for Alan that he can get some of his "sanity" back.