John Hamburg | CaringBridge

John Hamburg

First post: 12/31/2016
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On Saturday, December 10th my dad was at his grandson, Lincoln's birthday party. Dennis and Stephen took a look at him and realized something was wrong . They asked if he were ok. He told them he thought he had pneumonia. They encouraged him to see a doctor. He said he had an appointment. Johnny went to check on him on Monday and when he arrived my dad looked worse.  Johnny was very alarmed. He was struggling to breathe and his coloring was very poor. He took him to the urgent care.  Once there they asked him his name and ssn which he gave. They took him into an exam room, they continued to ask him general questions but by that time he couldn't remember anything, not even his name. They  attempted to get his vitals but they were not registering. Immediately they called the ambulance and took him to temple university hospital. When he arrived he was unconscious due to the lack of oxygen. They put him on a bi- pap to help him breathe and increase his oxygen level. While we were standing there with him a doctor passed by and took notice of my dad. He decided he didn't like the way he looked. He asked us to leave so he could examine him. When we got back they had him intubated. 
When he arrived the CO2 level in his blood was 130. Normal is 40. But while sitting there for the hour on the bi-pap his CO2 level rose to 163, double where people would start having issues of dillusion  or passing out. The cardiac team arrived and did an ultrasound of his heart because his enzyme levels were high and indicative of a heart attack. Thankfully, they found no blockages but the strain to breath had caused strain on his heart, as well. They admitted him to the respiratory ICU unit around midnight where they were monitoring him and treating him for pneumonia & COPD.
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