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8/21/2016 Latest post:
Ed has had poor circulation in his legs ever since his gall bladder surgery in 1992 when he developed blood clots in both legs. He develops sores on his legs because of the poor circulation. On May 13, 2016 the sores became infected so he went to the Emergency Unit at Fairview Hospital (he has been doctoring there since 1997 when he moved to the cities). After a couple days they transferred Ed to the University of Minnesota Hospital. He had developed sepsis throughout his body from the infection in his leg. He was put on antibiotics immediately. A few days later his kidneys stopped functioning so he was on dialysis for three weeks. Then they discovered internal bleeding that they think was caused from his gastric bypass in 2007. He was allergic to some of the antibiotics so they found one that he could tolerate. He became dehydrated because he wasn’t able to swallow anything for a month or so. The University of Minnesota saved Ed’s life and we are very grateful to them.
Before being transferred to a transitional care unit, the U of M hospital performed minor surgery to place tubes in this stomach to drain the addition infection he has there. On July 2, he was transferred to Benedictin Living Community, 1907 Klein Street, Room 515, St. Peter, MN 56082. He has had a couple trips back to the hospital at the U of M for complications with his tubes and low blood pressure. He recently got out of the hospital on Aug. 17th. The doctors don't know if the tubes will be removed or not at this point.
Ed still has a long road ahead of him to get healthy but we hope that he is finally on the right path. He would love to hear from you. Please feel free to send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit him and/or send him a card to the Benedictin address above.
Keep Ed and my Mom in your prayers, they still have a ways to go before they can finally go home together.
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