Cory Holkesvig | CaringBridge

Cory Holkesvig

First post: Feb 18, 2017 Latest post: Apr 5, 2017
Cory Holkesvig went to clinic January 12th with some troubles breathing and  a fast heart rate thinking what he had was just some cold. Cory was quite mistaken. The clinic sent him right to the ER where they did a ultrasound of his heart. What they found was Cory's heart was very enlarged and surrounded by fluid. They immediately transferred him to Abbott hospital by ambulance.  When we arrived at Abbott we found out Cory's heart was only working at 15% and had a clot. With this there was also blood clots in his lungs and also his liver was failing. This was all so much to take in thinking this was all only a cold. Cory was put into the ICU the day after arriving. For the next week the doctors ran many test and sent Cory records all over the country trying to find answers. Cory has many caths, Ivs, and breathing tubes through the week. His blood pressure would be very low and heart rate would be sky high. On Friday Jan 20th doctors decided to put a pacemaker in. The surgery went well and doctors were hoping they would be able remove pump that was going through Cory groin pumping his heart. Saturday Jan 21st Cory was having a lot of pain and very low blood pressure with high heart rate, doctors were concerned with Cory heart and the pacemaker was not working like they wanted it to. That night doctors decided Cory needed surgery right away to have a Heartmate Pump added. Cory went in for open heart surgery Sunday January 22nd. Surgery lasted 5 hours and went very well. After surgery Cory was hooked up to 15 different IV's and a ventilator. Cory was also in a induced coma for recovering process. Throughout the next week Cory was kept sedated most of the time due to being so agitated when woken up. On Jan 28th Cory woke up and was able to write messages to us on paper with pen. It was amazing!!! Also Cory had his first bowel movement in 16 days!!!!! This was a great day for us and Cory he was smiling and happy to communicate with us. On Jan 29th early in the morning Cory struck a fever and it just kept rising as the day went on. Cory's fever reached 106 and with this his kidneys were now also failing.  January 30th the doctors decided to start Cory on dialysis. Cory was now hooked up to 5 different machines and 16 IV's.  Throughout the next couple days Cory temp went up and down and same with his blood pressure. Doctors again had him sedated due to agitation and being delirious.  On Saturday February 4th Cory woke up again!!! Doctors were also able to take out ventilator this day. It was yet again a big turn around and another great day but that night things took a turn for the worse. Cory was having trouble breathing and had collapses on both sides of lungs. After only 12 hours of having ventilator out they had to put it right back in. They again sedated Cory.  Monday February 6th. Doctors added another cath into Cory neck that helped support Cory lungs and right side of his heart.  The next couple days were rest, test, and more scans. On Wednesday February 8th the ventilator was removed and Cory was breathing on his own with a little help of nasal oxygen tubes. . Cory was awake but told not to talk much and rest his throat from having ventilator in for 18 days. Cory rested well and visited with our mom and nurses some. On Friday February 10th Cory was having his best day yet. Cory was able to talk with us and actually make sense with what he was talking about. Cory was also aware of everything going on and happy with the care he was receiving. Cory also had his dialysis removed on this day which was great. Doctors are hoping with removing machine that he can produce urine on his own and his kidneys return to normal function..... Now that I have finally made this story and page I will keep you more updated daily on what's going on with Cory. Our family truly appreciates everyone's calls,text, prayers, and donations. We don't know where we would be without all the support we have received. Thanks again everyone!!! We are #TeamCory and we are STRONG!!!!

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