Larry Schafer

First post: 6/12/2017 Latest post: 7/8/2017
On June 2nd Larry was brought to Sanford in Fargo, from the E.R. in Crookston, because of severe back pain and extreme weakness in his legs.  An MRI revealed that he had inflammation in his spinal cord(transverse myelitis) that was causing the pain and weakness.  Doctors have ran several tests to determine the etiology of the spinal cord  inflammation.   He was administered several medications and steroids to try bring the swelling down.  After ruling out many things  that may cause this condition, doctors have determined that it is most likely and autoimmune reaction that may have resulted from several surgeries (knee replacement surgery in February and bladder stone surgery in May) or from a prior infection.  He continues to be on steroids to help with the inflammation of his spine cord.  Larry is unable to walk or stand by himself.  He hasn't lost all movement in his legs.  He has some limited ability to  raise his legs, wiggle is toes, and shift his body in bed.  He has a lot of "pins and needles" like sensations in his upper thighs and abdomen.  He requires  both  occupational and physical therapy while in the hospital until he is moved into a full time rehabilitation facility here is Fargo.  He will likely be there for weeks working on getting some strength back and hopefully getting strong enough to walk again.  Your thoughts, prayers, and messages are much appreciated during this difficult time.  Larry needs all the encouragement he can get!

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