Sep 29, 2020 Latest post:
Oct 18, 2020
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As some of you may or may not know, my dad has been diagnosed with a positive Covid-19 test on September 18th. My mom, Deanna, was also diagnosed shortly after with a positive Covid test.
Dad was taken to the Austin ER on Wednesday evening September 23rd by mom driving him after off again on again fevers and difficulty breathing because he coughed so hard for a week at this point. He was very weak and having trouble getting up to use the bathroom by himself. Mom felt so bad dropping him off and not being able to get him settled in the ER but she had to drive away without her heart next to her.
They tried to keep him isolated on a general floor but was moved to ICU trying to keep his oxygen levels up. He was at 82 when he arrived in the ER. They tried a couple different antibiotics, a steroid for pneumonia and fluids for dehydration. He had an anxiety attack and they gave him Atavan to help him relax.
He has been in ICU in Austin trying to keep his oxygen levels up, moving him to his side and stomach to help levels rise. They tried a new Covid drug the 2nd day in ICU. They didn't have a good night last night (9/28) and he was very uncomfortable and agitated. Mom got the call they needed to sedate him to intubate him to help him breathe better, he has struggled long enough.
Today, 9/29, he was sedated in Austin and intubated. Now resting comfortably but trying to get him admitted to Rochester but no rooms open yet.
Gina got to visit via a telephone to his ear before getting an ambulance ride to Rochester around 1:00 this afternoon. He was sedated and sleeping at that time. The trauma unit with helicopter was there to follow his ambulance to Rochester. He is now admitted to Mary Brigh at St. Marys in Rochester. We continue to pray dad comes out of this nightmare and mom can get better too so she can see him again. They just aren't used to being apart and it is so hard for us to not be able to help.
Please continue to pray as we believe in the power of God!