On Sunday, February 9th, a few hours after enjoying a fantastic dinner with family to celebrate Kris's birthday, Charles began to complain about sharp abdominal pain. Within a couple hours, it was evident he needed emergency medical care. Unfortunately, the ER doctors were dismissive and sent him home Monday morning. We were able to get him in for a follow-up with a PCP Tuesday morning, who immediately referred him to a general surgeon with a diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. We met with the surgeon Wednesday afternoon, who had him admitted to the hospital right away. We were hopeful that starting him on fluids and some pain medication in the hospital would begin to turn things around, but that did not happen. Charles's condition began to decline very rapidly Wednesday evening. As they prepped him for gallbladder surgery Thursday morning with anesthesia, his blood pressure crashed and his organs failed as he went into septic shock. Surgery was cancelled, and Charles was placed in a medically induced coma on life support in ICU. The next 24 - 36 hours were touch and go as the medical team worked diligently to get him stabilized and help maintain it. By late Friday, Charles started to do better - blood pressure, oxygen, and pulse rate are stabilizing with less support. We are making progress, but we are not out of the woods yet! Please keep praying!