On Feb. 27, Arlo was found at home, unresponsive and struggling to breath due to complications with his COPD. He was sent by ambulance to Sanford hospital where he was admitted in the ICU. Later, we were told that he was less than an hour away from dying due to lack of oxygen.
He was immediately sedated and hooked up to a ventilator and remains in ICU in critical, but stable condition. He will remain in this state of sedation for an estimated 2-3 weeks, while he gets stronger and additional tests are run. Over the course of these next few weeks, they will begin doing "vent tests," taking him off the ventilator for small amounts of time.
The doctors are "cautiously optimistic," but no one will know what kind of damage was done due to his oxygen deprivation until later, when he wakes up.
Arlo is surrounded by family and friends who love him. We are told he can hear voices and he often twitches when touched. Arlene likes to tickle his toes and we're sure she'll get an earful when he wakes up (he hates to have his toes tickled!)
If you would like to visit him (and tickle his toes), you are welcome to stop by. He is located at the Sanford Hospital on Broadway, 3rd floor, room 378 in the Critical Care unit. Thank you for the prayers and well wishes. If you leave a message for him on this site, we will make sure that he sees it when he wakes up. We will also continue to update this page during his journey of recovery.