Pam is a wonderfully, witty kind soul with a huge heart. Unfortunately, she's had to endure more medical issues than one deserves. A few years ago, she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG). In a nutshell, MG is a neuromuscular autoimmune disease; which causes the body to attack its own cells leading to muscle weakness all over the body and potential breathing issues. Pam has been undergoing weekly plasma exchange therapy to treat her MG for over a year.
In March of his year, an infection was found in her gut. After many trips to the doctor and multiple failed treatments, she ended up in the hospital at the beginning of May. At that time, surgery was decided to be the best option. She was admitted to the hospital and surgery was scheduled for the following week. A few days before the surgery, Pam felt an excruciating snap in her back. Unfortunately, that snap turned out to be a lumbar vertebrae compression fracture. Surgery to treat the infection in her gut was then postponed so her compression fracture could heal.
After a couple weeks in the hospital, Pam was discharged to a transitional care unit (TCU) for further rehabilitation. Surgery on her gut was rescheduled for the middle of June. Several days before the rescheduled surgery date, surgery was cancelled. Pam was informed that she was not a good candidate for this surgery because of the MG; it was just too risky. After 3 weeks in the TCU, she was discharged to her oldest daughter's house to continue outpatient rehabilitation for the lumbar compression fracture.
Pam was doing well and getting stronger despite some setbacks. After 2 weeks at Meenu's, Pam felt another excruciating snap in her back. She was rushed to the emergency room and admitted to the hospital, where a new small fracture was found in a different lumbar vertebrae. Pam was eventually discharged from the hospital to the TCU once her pain was controlled.
Pam spent the first 3 weeks of July getting stronger at the TCU and had planned to discharge to her youngest daughter's house this past Thursday. However, a day before discharge, blood clots were found in her lungs and leg. Pam was immediately admitted to the hospital; to treat the blood clots.
It has been a very long, almost 3 month journey, full of ups and downs. Pam is hanging in there like a champ, and could use some well wishes and healing thoughts.