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Dec 21, 2017
On Friday, Vickie was taken to Grant by ambulance because she had been developing increasing stiffness in her neck and shoulders, severe pain, and a long list of odd symptoms. At Grant, it was discovered that her white count was extremely high, and after a spinal tap, that her spinal fluid significantly abnormal. She was transferred by ambulance to North Platte, where her condition continued to go downhill quickly. At NP, it was discovered that she had a severe staph infection, and had become septic. After several rounds of CT scans and MRIs, we were told that she had an abscess on her spinal cord, as well as abscesses in several joints. By about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, she was intubated and on a ventilator. It became clear that they were going to need to do spinal surgery to address the abscess as soon as possible, but her white count was very high and her platelet count was very low - too low to safely perform surgery. Platelets are essential to clotting, and without sufficient levels a patient will bleed out during surgery. By Saturday, late morning, a decision was made to fly Vickie to Lincoln for additional access to services and platelets. She is currently in Bryan West, Room 201. Please note, she is unable to have flowers in the ICU, but cards and prayers would be welcome! We are lucky to have lots of family in the area and places to stay near the hospital. Tom, Tammy, Jeff and Chad are all here with Vickie, along with Breanna and Zoe and many friends and family. We will be updating this page to keep everyone in the loop!