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3/31/2017 Latest post:
I'm Rebecca, Quentin's wife of almost 22 years (unbelievable!). We have 7 children, one son in law and 2 beautiful grandchildren. So many people have already come around us with prayer and generosity unbelievably caring for our family. Words cannot express the immense gratitude we feel. At this point, there are too many people to update with my group text messages so I hope that this site will catch everyone up and keep all those who love my husband up to date with his journey. Thank you all!
On Wednesday, March 15, I took Quentin to the ER. he had been feeling ill and bloated and become very jaundiced over the weekend and on Tuesday, he weighed himself and discovered he had gained over 35 pounds in water retention. We decided to go in. On evaluation in the ER, we received the news that Quentin was suffering from complete liver failure. His bilirubin was over 38 (normal is 1), sodium was critically low and potassium was dangerously high. He was immediately admitted to ICU at Seton Medical Center in Round Rock. After almost ten days of attempting to treat the swelling, the decision was made to begin dialysis to support his kidneys which were also beginning to fail due to the stress of the liver failure. He also started a course of steriods to hopefully "jump start" his own liver. Unfortunately, the steriods caused his blood sugar to jump over 400 and his heart to begin atrial fibrillation rhythms.
On March 31, Methodist Transplant Hospital agreed to accept Quentin for evaluation for liver transplant. The hope is that a liver transplant with ease the stress on all of his other organs. The evaluation will take 5-7 days and if it is decided he is a good candidate, he will placed on a list for a new liver.