On Friday, December 22nd Ivan was taken to the Aria Torresdale emergency room because of extreme back pain. The strong medications he was taking to treat the symptoms were not working and so his doctors suggested that we take him to the hospital so that they could better manage his pain treatment. On Saturday he was released with stronger medication and instructions to see his physicians.
On the morning of Wednesday December 27th, Ivan woke up around 8:30 alert and lucid. By 10am he was incoherrent, shaking and running a fever. An ambulance was called and they took him to Doylestown emergency room. Shortly after his arrival his blood pressure sank to 55/20 and had shallow breathing. The emergency room staff successfully boosted his blood pressure by adding massive amounts of fluids and pressors. To deal with his breathing issues, Ivan was intubated.
The next 48 hours were extremely critical as the hospital staff monitored his blood pressure and oxygen levels. Ivan made excellent progress in the ICU. The respirator was removed he was transferred to regular hospital room a few days later. On Thursday January 4th, Ivan experienced numbness in his legs. They discovered that one of the lesions caused by the Myeloma had cut off circulation to the lower part of his body. Because of the sensitivity of the area and the amount of radiation he has endured over the years, it was suggested that he be transferred to Jefferson hospital to seek treatment.