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Jan 30, 2018 Latest post:
Feb 2, 2018
Welcome to Dad's Caring Bridge site. He asked me to start this because he appreciates all of your love, prayers and calls and just can't answer them right now. This started right before Martin Luther King Day. Dad thought he had thrown his back out lifting Mercy's food. He was shivering and in terrible pain. They thought is was 2 disks... and a prostrate infection. He was in horrible, terrible pain, couldn't really move at all. He went to Memorial Hermann Urgent care and got some antibiotics, but the snow came, so he never got to see his GP.. He was under home care and things seemed under control. He was getting better, getting along ok, not great. On Wednesday morning, the super high fever, shivering and the unendurable pain came back. He was transported to Memorial Herman ER. His white bloodcell count was soaring as was of course, his blood pressure. After almost all day (Thank you Mary Jane!) he got a room in the Vascular Cardio Wing. It was obvious he had an infection, what turned out to be the terrible MRSA virus, and they were worried that it had gone into his heart. The good news is, it didn't. The bad news is that the white blood cells gathered around his spine to form an epidural abscess pressing on his spinal column (ouch.) He also has another one in his lower back (double ouch.) That was what was causing all of the pain, not moving Mercy's food! So the MRSA struck and his body tried to deal with it by forming blood clots, 2 in his leg and one which broke free and is in his neck. So now, he is on blood thinners and the strongest antibiotic they have. And it is working. The pain is much better. The doctors were in awe when he stood up this morning. This is the guy who couldn't move at all for the last few days... . They were astounded today when he used a walker and the 2 PT guys to walk down the hall. As Kirby Andy said, they don't know who they are dealing with! And also in the category of good news, Kirby Andy is moving back to Texas and arriving tonight! Yey! Dad will likely still be in the hospital until mid-next week. He will have a PICC line to take this monster antibiotic for the next 6 weeks or so (actually, we don't know that yet, but that was an estimate.) He still is too weak for visitors, but prayers are welcome! Thank you all for your love and support of the great Kirby Attwell!