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Jun 24, 2016 Latest post:
Jun 24, 2016
Welcome to Larry's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope during this time.
Larry is a Sgt with Shelby County Sheriff's Office where he has dedicated the last 18 years to serving the Shelby County Community. We are having T-Shirts made to raise money for the family. Stay tuned.
On March 18, 2016, Larry was diagnosed with squamous cell involving the floor of the mouth, base of the tongue, hypopharnx area most prominent on the right with abnormal enlarged lymph nodes. On the 20th of March, Larry's Physicians performed a biopsy and placement of a tracheostomy due to the tumor obstructing his airway. On the 21st of March, West Clinic Physicians saw Larry. On the 24th of March, Larry received a Port-A-Cath in preparation for chemotherapy. On the 31st of March, West Clinic administered numerous rounds of chemotherapy over a 5 day period.
On the 22nd of April, Larry had weakness in his extremities and went to Germantown Methodist ER. Upon arrival, clinicians ordered an CT to rule out a stroke. Results were negative for a stroke. He was sent to Methodist University for an MRI. Results from the MRI showed an abscess on his vertebrae causing compression to his spinal cord at C4-C5. Surgery to drain the abscess and decompress the spine was scheduled for Monday, April 25. Prior to surgery Larry continued to have paralysis in his extremities. Post op, Larry received Physical Therapy. To date, he has been unable to walk nor has he had much sensory or motor function in his extremities. Abscess was positive for staph, so Physicians ordered several rounds of antibiotics.
After Larry healed from the staph, he developed Pneumonia.
To date, he remains in the hospital. Larry is doing well but has a long road ahead.
The purpose of this page is to provide updates as to how Larry is doing.