John Sowada

First post: Sep 19, 2021 Latest post: Sep 25, 2021
Welcome to John’s CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.  

On September 2, John started not feeling well, fatigued and muscle aches.  Nothing out of the ordinary as they are super busy this time of year.  September 4th John, Luke(son) and Gage(grandson) went golfing, John came home and went straight to bed as he was not feeling any better.  September 5th, John took an at home Covid test which came back negative. 

The week of September 6th,  John was feeling much worse at this point, he went back to the ER for another Covid test which also came back negative and was released back home and instructed to take Tylenol as needed.  He was running high fevers ranging from 100 to 104 degrees and was taking Tylenol around the clock, with chills and sleeping on and off throughout the day.  As he kept getting worse he was brought into Urgent Care where they found his oxygen to be only in the 80th percentile which was not good.  He was instructed to go to the ER immediately and was admitted.  On Friday September 10th, he was getting worse and was transferred via ambulance to Hibbing as they had an ICU bed and ventilator available.  They took x-rays to find he was fighting pneumonia, they also took sputum cultures which came back with a diagnosis of Legionnaires Disease or Legionella.  
September 11th, he was intubated, heavily sedated and put on a few different antibiotics, however the fevers persisted.  Sunday was a little better breathing, but not really any significant changes were happening, so it was basically a waiting game.  We received a call on Monday that he needed to be transferred again as the hospital in Hibbing could no longer handle the level of care he needed.  So the hunt for another ICU bed and ventilator at a higher level trauma hospital began.  We received a call later that day that an ICU bed had just become available down at Abbott in Minneapolis (where he currently still is).  So he was air-lifted from Hibbing down to Abbott at 1:30 am on Tuesday, Sept 14th.  His liver and kidneys were found to be damaged from the high fevers and high doses of medications, but the good news is that they are improving from day to day.  They also did a procedure to drain the fluid from his left lung.  They initially drained over a liter of fluid just from that side.  A chest tube was inserted to continue the draining process.  His oxygen is getting better and he is only using 40% assisted oxygen (he was using 80% before).  He started having a fever again which they discovered was caused by another bug which is common in ICU/ventilator patients. He will start another antibiotic to treat that.  
We will update every evening.  Thank you for the outpouring of love, support and prayers through all of this.  We will forever be grateful.