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9/18/2016 Latest post:
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Mick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2015....
This whole "ordeal" started on Tuesday, September 6th when Mick had extreme breathing issues in the middle of the night, Patti called 911, he was transported to Methodist Hospital in St Louis Park. A chest X-ray revealed what they said was the beginning of pneumonia, he also had a slight fever. He was admitted to ICU put on many antibiotics and Bi-Pap machine to help assist with breathing. His pneumonia continued to get worse. His blood counts were very low but not low enough for transfusions, so we waited for them to rise with assistance from medication that help raise blood counts, which can take days. While all of this has been going on blood has been taken trying to figure all of this out- cultures were grown only to find out he has two strains of yeast in his blood causing a serious systemic infection. The suspicion was that it was the implanted port (used to deliver chemo/medication) was the source of the infection. The port was removed and it was determined that the port was the source of infection.
Days later he received platelets on two consecutive days. His blood counts started to return to normal, no breathing assistance, organ function improved, no pneumonia detected. So a move out of ICU occurred on Wednesday, On Thursday back to ICU. Very confused, not responding to commands, high fever again. Dr's were very puzzled. Again CTs were done on head and chest. Nothing. I believe it was yesterday they explored his defibrillator, low and behold another infection, not yeast, in one of the leads.
This bring us to today. The decision was made to remove the defibrillator on Monday and he was transferred to United in St Paul. United is one of two hospitals in the metro that have lasers that can do this procedure. His doctor we were told is the best in the country.
We are so thankful to everyone that has visited, called, text and prayed for Mick and the entire family. Our hearts are full as we are reminded daily how blessed all of us are❤️