It has been a whirlwind of events the past few days. Gary (dad) started to not feel well October 12th. He complained of a slightly elevated temperature and headache. This was not unusual for him with his vasculitis so he treated himself with Tylenol and the fever came down. By the end of the week it did not improve and on Saturday, October 15th his temperature was 102.9. My mom asked him if he wanted to go the ER and he said yes. I (Katie) spent the whole day on Saturday with him in the ER because my mom had her gallbladder removed on Friday. He had an elevated temp and complained of a pain behind his eyes but none of his labs showed anything concerning (chest xray, head CT scan, blood, urine and spinal tap.) They gave us the decision to go home or to get admitted into the hospital. I was not comfortable with him going home not knowing what was going on. When we got to his Observation room his temp had reached 104. When Mom and Jenni came to the hospital to sit with him on Sunday morning his fever had reached 105. He was harder to wake but would answer questions when asked. The Drs consulted Rochester and they didn't feel that there was a need for him to come down. They already had him on a cooling blanket and ice packs. As the day progressed he became less responsive. Another call was made to Rochester and they wanted him to come there because of his complicated medical history. They told us the flight team would be there in 10 minutes. He was admitted into St. Mary's ICU. Our nightmare began........
After many days in Rochester, many doctors, different ICUs, and different hospital floors he was placed on the Neuro ICU last night (October 19, 2016). Dad was diagnosed with West Nile Virus on October 19, 2016. His prognosis is unknown at this time.
We are hoping and praying that our dad/husband can resume to a normal life when his body heals. We ask that you keep him and our family in your prayers.
A Go Fund Me Account has been made to help my mom with temporary housing in Rochester and rehab for my dad once he leaves the hospital. Gofundme.com..... Gary Rogge