Fred and his family are truly appreciative of the support, prayers, help, and positive thoughts you all are sending. You are providing hope and light on this journey, which we continue to need as Fred moves forward. Each day he makes healing progress, and your love helps make him stronger.
Fred has always been a healthy, high energy person with a passion for gardening. He has the best "Green Thumb" around. He also loves playing on the beach at Olman Point with friends and family. In the last few months he has been training to run the Sound to Narrows marathon. He was running four miles every other day, and working out at the YMCA. He was really looking forward to it.
Last week Fred started to decline in health. He was exhausted and having difficulty breathing. On Sunday, June 4th, he became delirious and dizzy. He was transported to Tacoma General Emergency Room, and then ICU to treat his acute pneumonia and respiratory failure. At that time, he was intubated and placed in a medically induced coma. The next day he was placed in a RotoProne bed that rotates the body to help support his breathing and loosen the "crud" in his lungs. For two days he was in the bed, in critical condition, fighting for his life. During that time, his blood oxygen level stabilized with the help of the ventilator.
On June 7th Fred had made enough progress to be transferred back to a regular hospital bed. Later that day his paralytic medications were tapered and stopped - a huge step in his recovery. He regained some motor movement, and his body was his once again. Complications occurred with the transfer of his body, primarily heart stress, and continue to require continuous ventilator adjustments. The nurses and doctors have been diligent in monitoring the many drugs and tubes connected to his body. Although his vitals have improved and remained consistent, the hospital is not able to identify the cause or source of his pneumonia and thus are hitting him with all the antibiotics possible. There have been no improvements on his lung saturation for the last 3 days.
Everyday there is progress, but also new concerns, as he begins to stabilize. We will be updating you all as new information as available.
Fred is in the Intensive Care Unit, and continues to be in critical condition.
At this time, we are asking for no visitors as the stimulation of visitors agitates his condition. Thank you for respecting our need to focus on Fred during this time. We ask for your continued prayers and thoughts. We pray for his recovery, for his healing, for his joy to return to his face. Your thoughts have made such a difference. Fred is strong, and will continue to fight this.