Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We appreciate your prayers and words of hope and encouragement. It has been hard to respond personally to all the messages and emails we have received. I know some of you are just learning what happened to Nasko over the weekend, so I want to take a little time to share the story with all of you in one place.
On Thursday evening of last week Nasko said he was not feeling well. On Friday he stayed home from school and slept off and on most of the day. Around 6pm on Friday I went in to wake him and give him some medicine and water and he was not responsive. We realized something was very wrong and took him to the ER in Lebanon. After running tests and X-rays they told us he had the flu and bilateral pneumonia. It was so severe however, that it required him being put on a ventilator and care flighted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Saturday was a rough day. He was in septic shock and continued to decline. He was put on an ECMO machine to filter and oxygenate his blood and give his lungs a rest. He was also put on dialysis yesterday because his kidneys are failing. The goal of all the doctors involved at this point is just to keep him stable.
We have struggled to understand how Nasko could be come so severely ill so quickly. A doctor sat with Kirt and me yesterday and explained that it began with the flu, but because Nasko developed a staph infection in his lungs it became the "perfect storm". While this is generally rare, they see it every year in otherwise healthy teens. They do not know why it hasn't happened to him before and said it will probably never happen again.
This morning we were told he will more than likely be on the ECMO for two weeks and then at least two more weeks in the hospital with rehab to follow. He is still in critical condition this morning, but stable. They are running more tests today to address a few areas of concern.
We have so appreciate the outpouring of love we have experienced. Thank you for the prayer that has been organized, the meals that have been delivered, the care that has been shown to our kids, and for the way many of you have ministered to Kirt and me in the hospital. We have seen God's faithfulness again and again and trust that he will walk us through this time day by day.