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Apr 23, 2016
As you may know, Jerry entered the hospital on January 3, 2016 - he was experiencing back spasms and couldn't get out of bed - he was transported by paramedics from our house up north to Banner Payson hospital. Pretty quickly, he began to experience other symptoms - shortness of breath - high heart rate - hallucinations. It became clear he needed the services of a larger more technically sophisticated hospital - so he was then transported to Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa. Long story, short - they discovered he had a staph infection with abscesses on his Psoas muscle (in his back) and endocarditis - an infection in the sack around his heart - which had moth-eaten his mitral valve. We don't know where the infection came from - or where it started - but as of now, the abscesses have been drained, his mitral valve has been replaced and his peritoneal bleed (caused by the anti-coagulants he has been required to be on) is hopefully under control - the rest will be keeping his vital signs strong and getting well enough to move on to physical therapy. I'll try to post an update every day or every other day as there are things to report. As of yesterday - Jerry's been in the hospital for 7 weeks. Jerry is strong - this has been so hard on him - we're hoping the hard part is over ❤️