Jim Huenink

First post: 12/9/2016 Latest post: 12/14/2016
Approximately 23 years ago, my dad, Jim decided to surrender his love of alcohol for the love of his family. In those 23 years, he fought hard to remain sober, never relapsing....not even once. His battle was difficult....it was real...it STILL isreal. 10 years ago, he wanted to quit smoking, so it was recommended that he have a colonoscopy in order to do so. Well, that colonoscopy went wrong, perforating his bowel. He became septic for 3 days. The result...5 days in ICU and 14 hospitalized. From that point he recovered well, but continued to deal with various related health issues. Approximately 2 years ago , Dad/Jim fell ill and it was discovered that he was suffering from Crohn's disease AND Colitis. In less than a year, he lost over 84 pounds. In the meantime, he was in and out of the hospital for dehydration and complications from the disease. This past August (2016), he couldn't suffer any longer and decided to have a total colectomy with a colostomy. He, living with a brand new stoma, had a decent few weeks with minor complications and setbacks. A little over two weeks ago, , he realized that there wasn't any output in his stoma. He was hospitalized for a few days in effort to fix the problem,but nothing changed. An extensive surgery determined that his intestine actually twisted. Doctor's think it occurred from coughing due to having bronchitis the week prior. With that, he was cut from breastplate to belly button. Two days after his initial release, he and my mom noticed something was leaking from his incision site. He was hospitalized again(last week Tuesday) to find out that the first surgery didn't completely take and that the "leak" was indeed fecal matter....Dad was septic again. Off to surgery....again. The surgeon found a small leak and repaired it, but had to add a 2nd stoma. Given that dad was septic again and it being his 3rd major surgery in less than 6 months, his body is tired. Dad is extremely ill. He is fighting again....fighting for his life.

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