Eric Minea Everybody Loves Eric!

First post: Jul 13, 2022 Latest post: Jul 27, 2022
To know Eric is to love him! His heart is big and his jokes are terrible! Ha! He is a compassionate and supportive son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, coworker and very recently... a Grandpa (Pop Pop). Eric can usually be seen smiling and enjoying a conversation with most anyone. Family means everything to him. He loves his job working with high school students every day. And honestly, he has some pretty good stories to tell from his days playing basketball and just living life as your 'not-so-average' 7 foot tall guy with quite an extensive shoe collection!


As recently as the end of June, while recovering from a DOUBLE hernia surgery, Eric began experiencing some questionable symptoms. At first he just noticed a bit of numbness in his toes, which he attributed to a new pair of shoes he had been wearing. Within days, it progressed to a new feeling of weakness in his legs. The days following July 4 produced more symptoms as he noticed his fingertips were numb, his arms began to feel weak and one day he struggled to open a door and even take his shirt off. He actually began using a cane to move around the house as well.


At first, Eric called his doctor to make him aware of the symptoms and ask if there was any connection to possible complications from his hernia surgery. The doctor said it was not surgery related and that he should schedule an appointment with a neuro doctor within a week. On Monday, July 11, after continuing to experience symptoms, Nicole thought it would be best to get him to the emergency room at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. 


Within 2 hours of arriving at the emergency room, a team of doctors was working on confirming their suspected diagnosis of Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) through a long series of tests and scans. He was admitted to the hospital and they were able to confirm the diagnosis by early Tuesday, July 12. Guillain-Barre (gee-YAH-buh-RAY) syndrome is a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your hands and feet are usually the first symptoms. These sensations can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body. While GBS is treatable, it is not a short recovery. And a patient has to have physical therapy to regain as much function as possible.


If the diagnosis of GBS was not scary enough, the doctors also had to report that his initial brain MRI from Monday showed that Eric has a very large aneurysm. This was devastating news as one can imagine as doctors began to talk about treating his GBS, while simultaneously working on a treatment plan for his aneurysm. A new team of doctors began working on learning more about the aneurysm. On Tuesday, he was pulled in for a CT scan. They determined it is a Fusiforme aneurysm behind his eye, measuring 1.5 centimeters. The “good” news is that he learned the placement is on the outside of his brain and that he does not any immediate surgery. Instead, he will need to get it checked every 6 months.


Currently, Eric has to stay in the hospital as he goes through treatment for GBS, because it can continue to progress for 3-4 weeks and if it becomes severe, he could need to be put on a ventilator. After treatment, he will then go through physical therapy. He is not expected to be able to be back at work until (earliest) October or by the end of the year.


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