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Jesse came home from work on March 10, 2017 not feeling well. He thought he had bronchitis or possible pneumonia. On Tuesday March 14th he was still feeling very bad and Martha convinced him to let her call an ambulance. He was takenin and found to have pneumonia as well as some blood in his abdomen. He was transferred to a higher level care facility later that evening where he was intubated and placed on a ventilator to help him breath. Surgery was performed the morning of March 15th to fix two bleeding vessels in his esophagus which were causing the blood in his stomach. Jesse has had a history of liver disease for several years and the bleeding in his esophagus is a common problem associated with that. A few days passed, he was unable to come off the ventilator and he was not responding the way he should have been. They also noticed his blood work was showing kidney issues as well as worsening liver enzymes and amonia levels. They were able to perform a CT scan of his abdomen where they found several large masses on his liver. After eight days on the ventilator, he was able to breath on his own again and we had a glimmer of hope. Due to his blood pressure and lab results he was not at that time stable enough to have the MRI done that would give insight to the masses on his liver. On the evening of Wednesday March 29th the MRI was completed. Thursday, March 30th the doctors called Martha with the results. The tumors were cancerous. On Friday March 31st, Jesse, Martha and I were told that the tumors on his liver were cancer and due to his liver already in failure there were no life saving options. Jesse was very strong when told the news, he faced it with brave dignity. He said all he wanted in the time he had left was to be with Martha and their furbabies Starr, Brewskey and Bailey. He understood that we would try but that for now he needed to go to a hospice facility due to the amount of care he would require.
We found a wonderful inpatient hospice center that Jesse was moved to on Friday evening, March 31st. He was happy to be out of the hospital and spent some time Friday evening watching the Spurs play. 💜