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7/1/2017 Latest post:
Mid May, Kim was working in his flower garden and he thought he pulled a back muscle. This turned into severe back pain and pain that shot down his leg. Kim went to seek answers. Multiple tests and procedures lead to a diagnosis of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma. Kim started chemo, but soon the back and leg pain was too severe and was admitted into St Clares Hospital on Tuesday, May 30th. His first surgery was done on Thursday, June 1st to do a spine fusion and laminectomy. The Doctor was very surprised to find that Kim's bones were very soft. Kim has also been diagnosed with severe osteoporosis. After the hospital stay he went to Pride Rehab, and came home for a couple of days. While at home, Kim felt clicking in his back , had spasms, and leg numbness. Back to the hospital, and Kim had his second surgery on Thursday, June 22nd. The first surgery's fusion rods had to be removed and a new longer set of rods were put in place. Kim was transferred into Rehab on Wednesday , June 28th. About an hour or so later after arriving at Rehab he developed a high fever and was sent to the ER and later admitted into St Clare's with an infection. Thursday evening, June 29th Kim was transferred to Ministry St Joseph Hospital-Marshfield. Today, June 30th Kim had his third procedure, opening up his back incision. The plan was to clean out an abscess. The Nuero Surgeon noted infection throughout the wound area. This infection was flushed out and he now has a Wound VAC in place to help heal that area. For now, we wait for results from cultures to confirm the extent of infection and plan of future treatment. Please share your good wishes, stories, and even pictures. As Kim gets better, this will keep him connected with all of you. Thanks for all your support and prayers.