Bill Brittain

First post: Nov 19, 2017 Latest post: Mar 4, 2018
On Tuesday November 14th, Bill suffered from a grand mal seizure in Abby's hospital room and was taken to the ER. He was cleared (tests came back normal) that night to go home. The next day, I stayed with him at Troy and Allison's house. He began to act strange and we facetimed Michelle in. She came over during Abby's nap time and the decision was made to bring him back to the ER. We were admitted to the hospital Wednesday night. Bill was in and out of it and continued to have small seizures that were showing up on the EEG (brain wave monitor) but with no outward signs. Thursday morning he received a chest x-ray and an MRI. The MRI came back normal - meaning no tumors, brain bleed, no stroke. He continued to be in and out of it all day, and Thursday night he developed a fever and started being treated for aspiration pneumonia. Despite all of this he still was able to converse between naps and feed himself both lunch and dinner during the day. Friday morning he became more and more out of it and acting stranger.  He became unresponsive and was transferred to the ICU. In the ICU, they did a lumbar puncture to check for infection and other causes for his condition. He was diagnosed with viral encephalitis and further testing revealed that Bill has HSV1 encephalitis which is treated by the anti-viral medication that was already started. Despite all of this, Bill is showing signs of improvement every day.

We don't really have a prognosis - doctors say it could take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months to know. Please continue to pray for complete recovery as Bill has a long road ahead of him. 

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