Alex Hendrickson | CaringBridge

Alex Hendrickson

First post: Jan 26, 2018 Latest post: Feb 16, 2018
Alex came home Monday, January 15 saying he felt a little fuzzy.  On Tuesday, he saw his general practioner, she put him on an antibiotic with the thought that his cough had turned bacterial and may have been sinusitis even.  Continued to be fuzzy as the week went on, couldn't really remember how to do things at work that he's been doing for long time. Friday the 19th he came home from work early, because he started randomly vomiting out of the blue. That night we tried to play Phase 10, he couldn't really remember how to play. Saturday morning, he tried going out fishing but forgot how to fish. Fishing guide Alex forgot how ro fish....that was my que. I brought him to the ER where they ran a bunch of tests including a spinal tap. He was transferred to Sanford hospital Sioux Falls. Labs showed he had an infection somewhere but they didnt know where, his carbon monoxide was a bit high, and his blood ammonia levels were high. After more tests, his symptoms seemed to be resolving themselves by Sunday evening and all his lab work numbers were back to normal. So they discharged him with the instructiins to rest all day Monday and good to go back to work on Tuesday. Went to work Tuesday and Wednesday where he couldnt do much more thsn clean up the job. Wednesday we got a call saying that his spinal fluid was positive for Herpes Simplex 1 virus. HSV is the virus that most everyone has in their bodies that causes cold sores. For some reason, the virus crossed into his spinal fluid. He was then admitted again, this time to Avera McKennan Hospital Thursday afternoon. 


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