May 11, 2019 Latest post:
May 16, 2020
Thank you for visiting Marks page. Life has been a whirlwind the last week and this will allow Leslie and Marks family to get information out to as many people as possible with greater ease. The stress of this situation is mind boggling and if I have incorrectly stated some event it wasn’t with malice..... I’m just not very healthcare savvy but it’s safe to say I’m off to a good start.
Mark is loved by many and being in the hospital is no different. It has been wonderful seeing nurses and hospital staff lovingly care for our Mark. They see his kind, loving self just like we all do!
Back story........Mark went to the Dr the week of 3/25-3/29 with influenza like symptoms. He had been sick for a week or so and because of his labs his Dr sent him to Mercy to be admitted.
After tests, labs and an MRI.... it was determined Mark had a large abscess around his spinal cord and needed immediate surgery to remove the infection. The neurosurgeon commented after surgery that he was indeed a lucky man because at any moment paralysis was a possibility with the infection compressing his spinal cord.
Mark had a series of complications after his surgery to contend with and had several short stays in the hospital.
————— fast forward to Monday, May 6th ——————
Mark went to a Dr for a post Hospital visit. It was determined that he had a heart attack and was admitted to Mercy hospital. In the cath lab it was determined that he had a 100% blockage on the right side of his heart. A balloon pump was put in.
The balloon pump was disconnected and Mark remained stable for about 3 hours but then unable to maintain his blood pressure. He went back to the cath lab for the balloon pump to hooked up again.
Mark rested as the balloon pump assisted his heart. Pretty uneventful.