Mark Vinge

First post: Oct 23, 2022 Latest post: Nov 19, 2022
Dad (Mark) was admitted to the ICU at Mayo Clinic on Sunday October 16 after experiencing shortness of breath and chest pain for a few days. Upon admittance, he was diagnosed as in heart failure, beginning of kidney failure, and had excessive fluid on the lungs. It was so, so scary. He had to be intubated so the team could get drugs in him quickly to assist his heart in beating and needed to be put on a ventilator. He was able to have the breathing tube removed in Tuesday.

The last several days have been focused on increasing kidney function, making sure he does not develop pneumonia (he is not a fan of his fluid restriction - he keeps trying to make deals to get extra Diet Pepsi 😂), and seeing if his heart will allow for a weaning of the IV drugs that support his heart actually pumping. He is also working on standing and possibly taking a few steps. 

Dad's official diagnosis is Stage 4 heart failure.

We will be sure to keep you all up to date daily on how Dad is doing! 

-Heather, Chris, and Lisa