Dwight Gill

First post: Aug 17, 2019 Latest post: Jan 18, 2021
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Dwight has HSV-1 viral menengitis/encephalitis.   He was admitted to Carroll County hospital on August 3, 2019, transferred to Sinai on August 5, 2019.  They are treating his symptoms, and giving him an anti-viral.  Because it is a virus, antibiotics do not work.  The doctors all say they have no idea why the virus attacked his brain.  They also don't know how long recovery will be...they just say "long".  While at Sinai he obtained a pressure sore on his lower back.
On September 1, Dwight was transferred to Hopkins Neurology Unit.  They are reviewing his case, running many tests again.  There have been so many ups and downs.  Now that he is more aware, all this is very difficult for him to understand.  He remains very confused, but is speaking.
October 8, he was moved to Brinton Woods.  He was there for 3 days, when he fell from a wheelchair and was transported to Carroll County Hospital.  Received stitches over his eye and was admitted for infection in the wound.
October 19, transferred back to Hopkins for wound care.  Received wound care, PT and OT on a regular schedule, preparing him for rehab.  He has experienced delirium, sundowning and confusion during this recovery period.  It has been very difficult coping.  The nursing staff has been his road to recovery, they help him to cope and to walk.
December 24, Christmas Eve, back to Sinai to the Brain Injury Rehab Unit.  Thanks to Dr. Justin McArthur for his help getting Dwight to a quality rehab.  He has gained strength and skills to function at home.
Left Rehab on January 17 to go home.  Still a lot of therapy to go, needs to get stronger.  The wound requires daily care,, will be a long time healing..  Will have in home health care, PT, OT, and SLT.  On the road to recovery.
Now in March he is loosing home care services.  His improvement is good and will soon be moving on to outpatient therapy.  Every step is better, he is returning to himself, gaining confidence.  The wound is improving, the wound vac is helping the healing.  It is still an open wound, but much smaller.  Right now it keeps him from going to outpatient therapy.
We appreciate your concern and prayers and support.
Donna, Chad, Chrissy, Jamie & Josh, Alex and Morgan

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