Paul Schrantz | CaringBridge

Paul Schrantz

First post: 2/16/2017 Latest post: 6/27/2017
Paul was admitted to Minneapolis Children's Hospital yesterday afternoon. He began coughing at Conductive Education the day before which then led to more and more gurgle type coughing with a huge runny nose, so much so that he needed to be suctioned during the night at home. At this point, Paul's heart rate and oxygen level were fine and he did not seem to be running a fever.

He went to school in the morning but was sent home shortly after being auctioned at school with a fever and low oxygen level. I had planned to leave work right after all my students left as Grandpa Bruce was watching over Paul as we were short staffed at work and I had just returned to work 2 days prior after needing to be gone for a little over a work for a different family health emergency.

Around 11:50 A.M. I started feeling as though maybe I should leave work earlier to check on Paul. By 12:00 I had decided I was going to leave right after I was done working with my last student for the morning.

I got home around 1:15. Paul had a fever of 103-104 degrees, his heart rate was 159 (normal is around 60-80), his oxygen was 86 (normal for Paul is 98-100) and that was with oxygen on him already at 6 liters. His lungs were working so hard to breath that when he'd inhale his stomach puffed out and then roughly crashed as he exhaled.

After confirming with my sister (a nurse) that something was really, really wrong, I called 911 and here we are.

Blood tests have been run. We are waiting on the results of some but others have come back with mixed results. Some things are normal, some things too high and some too low. Whatever is going on appears to be just beginning.

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