David Silva Dave Silva

First post: Nov 13, 2017 Latest post: Jan 4, 2018
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Dave Silva fights for his life (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davesilva/journal/view/id/5a0a5a01039023dd328c14ed) Journal entry by James Hodges — 11/13/2017

In the early morning hours on Saturday, November 11th, Dave suffered a major heart attack in his home.  Just three months earlier, Dave was rushed to emergency care because he was having difficulty breathing, Dave was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and he responded well to his treatment and rehabilitation on that occasion.  On Saturday morning Dave collapsed, hitting his head, and called out for help.  Fortunately his next door neighbor, Heather, heard Dave and called 911, saving his life.

All Saturday morning the medical staff at the Mark Twain Hospital in San Andreas, CA worked hard to keep Dave alive and determine what type of medical crisis Dave was experiencing.  Dave was placed on life support, heavily sedated, and was breathing totally through a respirator.  The medical staff determined Dave had experienced a heart attack and that he was suffering from COPD, and possibly pneumonia.   Saturday was filled with uncertainty while the medical staff performed what tests they could and weighed the need to transport Dave to another facility for specialized treatment.  By mid-day Saturday the medical staff felt Dave had responded well enough to the respirator and sedation, so Dave remained in ICU at the Mark Twain Hospital, with a plan to reduce his sedation on Sunday and perform more tests.

On Sunday the medical staff began reducing the level of sedation, but as Dave began to regain a level of consciousness he began choking and spitting out fluids, causing the medical staff to return Dave to the state of sedation.  The planned tests for that day were cancelled.

On Monday Dave remained in ICU, dependent on the respirator, and heavily sedated.  The medical staff determined that Dave does have pneumonia, and the pneumonia had worsened.  It is now Monday evening, Dave is resting, and friends and family are by his side hoping and praying, and supporting Dave.

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