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Dec 29, 2017 Latest post:
Jan 15, 2018
Well, a lot of things have been happening. First off he was diagnosed with kidney failure about 18 months ago and we went through the testings, etc. He officially got on the transplant list the end of last June. He has been doing ok in that respect. He has been having some episodes the last month or two where he would get kind of an acid reflux feeling with pain. Seems like it has been getting worse. Christmas day late night, he had a particularly bad episode and admitted he needed to go in. His general doctor is in Wheaton but he said he didn't think he could make it that far so we went to Ortonville. He was given pain meds plus more and was airlifted to Fargo around 2;30 am. When the kids and I got here, they said he had a heart attack. First we had heard that term so it was kind of a shock. Because of all of his health things, they said he was not able to have stints but it would be open heart with a quadruple bypass plus valve replacement. He went through a bunch of tests all day Tuesday. They anticipated surgery for sometime in Wednesday. Late Tuesday night he was having increased pain so they intubated him and he was sedated. The earliest he was able to get into surgery was 1 pm on Wednesday. He was in for 8 hours. Things with the surgery went well and they were ready to close. When they gave him a certain drug, he had a bad reaction. They had to leave him open and he was put on a machine that provides support for the heart and lungs. The first night there wasn't much change but at least he was holding his own. Yesterday morning around mid morning he had a real positive turn. I told the doctor that's because he's a stubborn Norwegian and even more importantly all the prayers warriors out there. We look at any little change as a miracle. His colors is much better than it has been the last couple of weeks. They just recently took him to OR to work on getting him off the machine. fingers crossed that it works otherwise we will have to go the University hospital in the cities. All your prayers are greatly appreciated iated. I will try my best to keep posting uodates.