Hello from the family of Ron Pouliot. We’d like to share some challenging new information about Ron’s health we’ve discovered very recently. As many of you are aware, Ron was diagnosed with MDS (Myelodysplastic syndromes) in 2012. In a nutshell, the bone marrow fails, and does not allow new healthy blood cells to be formed. The result is fatigue, shortness of breath, low blood counts and in over 50% of patients, leukemia. Ron has avoided the leukemia and remained active the past 6 years while symptoms increased, even golfing twice a week Spring through Fall. In the past few months, he has struggled with severe fatigue and I retired to be home with him. Now he has a new diagnosis of Pulmonary Hypertension, undetected because the symptoms are exactly the same as MDS.
On February 3, Ron had chest pain. He had an appointment with a Cardiologist a week earlier and just found out he had advanced pulmonary hypertension or heart failure. Earlier in the week they determined he was not able to have a bypass to correct the problems in his heart, due to his weak heart and bleeding issues. Today he had three stents placed and is trying to recover from that procedure. He was placed on a heart pump to help with his extremely low blood pressure and other problems. We are hoping the new blood flow will give him renewed energy to get off the heart pump and use his own heart to survive. While we know Ron and his determination, the picture is bleak, at best. Tonight however, he was laughing and joking with the nurses and family. The surgeon was very impressed just now with his numbers and blood work. We shared that he has amazed the doctors on many occasions and hope this is the same.
We are asking you remember Ron in your prayers today and in the very difficult days ahead. The prayers of our loving circle of family and friends have brought us this far. We are praying his heart, kidneys and blood all cooperate and support his recovery. We are so impressed with the care Ron is receiving at Mercy Heart Center-it is top notch. We appreciate you, love each and everyone and are blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you, Ron, Kathy, Todd and Dylan
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