Jun 12, 2021 Latest post:
Aug 29, 2021
As you likely know if you've logged into this site, Lyn is dealing with a serious autoimmune condition. After experiencing increasing fatigue, pain and weakness in her legs, she had blood tests run on Friday, June 4th that revealed rhabdomylosis (a muscle condition that can lead to kidney failure) and severe liver injury. At the advice of her primary doc she immediately headed to the ER and was admitted to UW Hospital's internal medicine unit, where she has been under the excellent care of a team including specialists in hepatology, rheumatology, and muscular neurology (not to mention all of the nursing, PT, and OT folks who have also been great). Her condition is stable, but she's not able to sit up or walk on her own, and she's dependent on IV fluids to keep her kidneys and liver functioning.
Her case is complex and will require extensive blood tests and multiple biopsies to sort out. All of the tests take time to schedule, process, and interpret. The doctors have expressed confidence that they will determine the root cause (or causes) and will find an effective treatment, but that it may take weeks. After they come up with a treatment, there will be weeks of physical therapy to regain her strength and mobility. Lyn has maintained an incredibly positive attitude in the face of extremely difficult circumstances. She's very grateful to be at a world class hospital and routinely shares that sentiment with everyone from the CNAs to the MDs. Current hospital policy limits visitation to one person per day between 8 AM and 9 PM, so Rick, Brennan, and Jedd have been trading off days to spend time with Lyn and keep up with the four or five doctor conferences that happen each day.
We know there is a lot of love out there for Lyn, and we hope that this site will help keep folks informed and give them a place to send their well wishes. We'll do our best to keep you posted with the latest information and let you know how and when you can lend a hand. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!