Frank Novicki

First post: Aug 10, 2016 Latest post: Aug 25, 2016
On Sunday August 7, Frank was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital. He was found lying in the street having a major seizure. Frank was unresponsive and brain-scans revealed intercranial hemorrhaging. They moved Frank into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Because his breathing was impaired, they sedated him and inserted a tube down his windpipe and used a respirator to control his breathing.

History on this: Over the past four years Frank has been hospitalized in the ICU at least once a year for major seizures and other times for minor seizures. In the past few months, Frank was prescribed anti-seizure medicine that you take once or twice a day.

On Monday August 8, I spoke with the neurosurgeon who admitted Frank and he explained Frank's critical condition. At that time, they could not perform any neurological tests to learn about his level of consciousness. The reason was that when they lessened the sedation, the patient became agitated and tried to remove the breathing tube.

On Tuesday August 9, I visited the ICU at 1 pm. Frank's condition had deteriorated in the preceding 12 hours. The problem was that Frank's lungs got an infection when he had the seizures. His blood pressure was low and his lungs are not supplying enough to his body and brain. At that time, several members of the staff talked to me about  and showed me the brain-scans that display the damage to Frank's brain.  

I was advised to have family members visit since the risk was high of Frank dying within hours. I contacted Cammy and she came over with Henry. Louise and Michael were in SF on vacation and came over. Steve, Megan, and Ed drove over from Elk Grove. Gwynne came over from Oakland.

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