Kyle had been struggling with what seemed like bronchitis or pneumonia for some time, and was finally formally diagnosed with pneumonia the week before Thanksgiving. On the day before Thanksgiving, he texted his boss at St. Mark's to say that he was in the ER and was being admitted. A few hours later, he texted that they were going to intubate him. It has been a journey full of ups and downs ever since. Caused probably by a combination of how very sick he was, the steroids he'd been on for some time, and the fact of being on a mechanical ventilator, a week into this journey he developed a duodenal stress ulcer and had to undergo emergency surgery. Because the ulcer perforated (created a hole through the stomach and intestine walls into his belly), he developed sepsis (a serious infection that can spread throughout the body). He has been fighting valiantly every since, but his body has had so many onslaughts that healing from all of them in this one season is a very difficult thing indeed. The incredible staff in the Mercy ICU have been using all their skill and long expertise to figure out the best way to get things moving forward. They are pulling for him just as hard as we are! They have not given up hope, and neither have we! But Kyle needs all the love and prayers he can get.
For those of you who might not know, Kyle has been the wonderful new Director of Music Ministry at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Durango, CO, having come to us from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Snellville, GA. In one of those amazing, "the church is a small world" examples, the rector at St. Mark's, Debbie Shew, was the interim rector at St. Matthew's in Snellville for 15 months (though before Kyle arrived there). All of that means that the web of love and care that has been surrounding Kyle constantly in these days of struggle, extends far across the country. The number of those praying for him keeps growing daily, and we are glad to have you checking in here and adding your own good intentions for him. In the few short months since he arrived to us on Aug 1, 2021, he has already grown much beloved, not only by those of us at St. Mark's, but by very many in the music community of Durango, where he has already contributed his many gifts - including sharing his beautiful voice with the Durango Choral Society and the Durango Chamber Singers, and sharing his accounting and admin skills with the local arts non-profit 3rd Ave Arts, who hired him in short order! So...many music colleagues here and throughout the wider world of church music (all those AGO colleagues and friends!) are now adding their prayers and best wishes.
His precious family including mom, dad, sister Rachel and his three beautiful nieces are pulling for him from their spot near the beach in FL, while we look after him here in snowy Durango. Mom Nadine braved all kinds of airport sagas to finally reach him in person before Christmas, and we all know that did him wonders to hear her voice right there by his bedside, instead of just over Debbie's cell phone! It is so difficult to be far away, but they have become like extra members of the St. Mark's family and very much an extension of the daily visits he is now getting from members of the parish.
We are so glad many others can now share in this ongoing story, and most importantly, can share with Kyle all the reasons he has to keep fighting and come back to us in full strength, to keep sharing the joy he has already spread in this new home!
God's richest blessings to all who visit this site.