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Sep 25, 2019 Latest post:
Nov 5, 2019
Welcome to Jon's CaringBridge site. 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. Jon's story began when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Due to the progression it was decided to have the whole prostate removed and as quickly as possible. Jon was originally schedule for surgery in mid October and that was quickly changed to as soon as possible. Jon had surgery to remove the prostate 09/19/19 and all but some "oozing" blood in surgical areas, surgery went well and as expected. 09/20 and 09/21 Jon was healing and feeling fairly well with adequate output and good vitals. 09/21 they pulled the surgical drain and this is when things took a turn for the worst. 09/22 Jon started to not feel well, had no further urine output after spending a day of seeing no good results they decided to place him into emergency surgery to place bilateral stents in his kidneys. They also performed a CT Scan where they noted internal bleeding at the surgical sites and two pelvic hematomas. At this point his kidneys were no longer functioning and his blood levels were dropping. We advocated to have Jon moved from surgical floor to ICU in Brainerd due to the severity of his condition. In ICU where Jon experienced a very scary episode of hypotension due to blood loss the staff there fought very hard to get him stable again, they only had one IV access from past surgery where pain meds were given. They wanted to start blood transfusion immediately but were unable due to collapsed veins and no access. A PICC line was attempted and unsuccessful due to the collapsed veins. At this time staff determined blood over pain and started giving blood transfusion through the IV access they had. At this time it was decided that a central line needed to be started immediately. The central line was successful and blood and plasma transfusions began although hemoglobin levels had dropped and were continuing to drop. At this time we again advocated to have Jon transferred to higher level of care with specialists that were not accessible to Brainerd. It was determined that due to his unstable condition he would be life lined via helicopter to St. Cloud ICU. Upon arrival to St. Cloud ICU we noted and met an amazing very intelligent care team for Jon. Jon has an ICU doctor, urologist, and nephrologist along with his amazing doctors in Brainerd all working together to heal this guy. Please see Journal for most recent updates and again thank you for your continued support, thoughts, vibes and most of all prayers. God is good.