Dan Moody

First post: Nov 15, 2018 Latest post: Feb 10, 2021
8/29/2018
Dan was admitted to nearest hospital (Everett Providence) for Severe Acute Pancreatitis, within days his kidneys stopped working and multiple organs were involved with this inflammation. Dialysis began daily for 10 days everyday around day 7 then routine 3x week. He was put on a feeding tube for nourishment. 
Drs. Kept saying he is a fortunate man but this is going to be a long bumpy road. 
Dan was in and out of ICU a couple times for breathing issues due to fluid around the lungs and other complications. 
His muscle tone diminished severely and he lost about 55Lbs. Becoming extremely weak and unable to even roll himself in bed.
When he was stable enough for a move he was moved to Northgate Kindred Care Acute Long Term Care around the end of September to continue recovery and continue dialysis 3x week. PT and OT tried everyday but nausea and dialysis timing kept Dan from getting as much help as he could have.
Breathing issues occurred again, scans showed more fluid around the lungs and the pancreas grew a cyst (pocket of fluid) it was trying to work but worked improperly. All this created less breathing space for the lungs. The middle of September Drs removed 1.5 Liters of fluid from around his lungs, which was a relief for Dan.
The middle of October Dan’s kidneys began to work so dialysis was stopped, but he was very jaundice because his liver wasn’t working.
The Pseudocyst continued to grow (27cm about 10inches).
Causing increased nausea and more breathing difficulty. The nausea and lack of stomach space kept Dan from eating very much so the NG feeding tube remained. Drs decided specialist should be involved. So on 10/24 Dan was transferred to Swedish First Hill. They made several attempts to clean out the cyst. 
Nausea went away and the liver began to function again.  
Currently In a nutshell;
Dan is still at Swedish First hill. 
Insulin is part of Dan’s life now, because the pancreas keeps trying to function his numbers are inconsistent so dose is always changing. The blood sugars have ranged from 60 to 465, 
Kidney and liver function are doing well.
They have been removing dead pancreatic tissue. They want to preserve as much pancreas as possible. Currently 50% of his pancreas has (been damaged by the Pancreatitis) and died. Yesterday Drs say they think this may resolve with 30% remaining healthy (this is doable).
Feeding tube removed and he is eating as well as can be expected with procedures every other day, that he must not eat 6 hours before. 
He is gaining strength, he can do more than he thinks he is able, he is afraid of pushing it and having any difficulty (I crack the whip on him because I know movement and momentum are good and will help gain strength when you go just a bit farther than you think you can) He is always pleased when he finds he can do more than he thinks. 
He has a ways to go, he gets to sitting on the side of the bed with no help. He has minimal assistance to stand and shuffle sideways to chair next to the bed. Goal for this week is to move the chair 3-4ft from the bed to take his first steps forward.
He has some localized (through the rib space below his shoulder blade) pain from this last procedure where they placed a percutaneous (through the skin) drain from the pancreas to drain/and flush growing bacteria that was too dangerous to reach with the endoscopic method (ERCP) they had been using to remove dead tissue. 

Things can change so quickly it has been difficult to keep everybody in the loop every time something 
happens. 
He is a fortunate man to have survived and have so many prayer warriors on his team, in addition to great medical care. 

Drs are hopeful he will go home soon but they say it may be a 6 month long recovery  (I’m hoping the bumpy part is over but probably not)

cultures came back as Staph also battling bacteria now with antibiotics

Just in from Dan;
Drs are disappointed with low flow output from drain, going back to IR this am to get more data
Myrna





Thank you for your support of Dan and Myrna Moody. Many of you are aware that Dan has been hospitalized since late August.  Myrna and family have been by his side throughout.  Dan and Myrna could use your support in this very challenging time.

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11027 Meridian Ave N, Suite 101 
Seattle, WA 98133
referencing "7218250 - Dan and Myrna Moody Fund" on the memo line of your check.



Thank you David Moody


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