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On November 19, 2020 Ole began developing a cough and slight fever. He got tested on November 21st for COVID-19 and received a positive test result. He continued with the cough and fever at home, treating with over-the-counter meds, until becoming too ill to stay home on Thanksgiving day. Rosie took him to the ER on Thanksgiving, November 26th, where Olivia Hospital nurses and doctors did a fabulous job treating his condition. He alternated between a BIPAP and high-flow nasal cannula, however, as his condition worsened he was airlifted to Methodist Hospital on Monday November 30th.
He was in ICU at Methodist receiving Dexamethasone, Lasix, Remdesivir for 1 day (due to liver functions) and again alternated between the BIPAP and high-flow cannula. He had some ups and down during the week and by Friday December 4th, he told the doc he felt the best he has in days! We were ecstatic to hear this!
Unfortunately, during the night he required the BIPAP at the highest oxygen level possible. They checked his blood gas level which showed his lungs were not absorbing oxygen well and his critical care team made the decision that he needed to be intubated and on a ventilator.
This was done at 11am on Saturday December 5th and he was transferred to a different ICU floor where a new team can now monitor his progress very closely.
Methodist Hospital has a "no visitors" policy which is completely understandable, but has been extremely hard for the family being unable to be there and hold his hand through this.
Please keep Ole in your daily prayers. Our faith in the Lord will see us and Ole through this. It is in His hands and He will guide the nurses and doctors in providing the best treatment possible. 🙏