Andreas’s Story

Site created on May 25, 2018

It's an easy and quick procedure, we do them all the time said the ER surgeon at the hospital on Saturday, April 28th. 
It was sometime in the wee hours of the morning, Andreas was taken straight through triage,  given a room and after having a CT scan done the verdict was in. You have an inflamed appendix. It was supposed to be a easy and quick procedure but the laparoscopy was unsuccessful and they had to do an open appendectomy.  So the story begins.

Andreas spent 8 nights and 7 days in the hospital after his open appendectomy, we got home on Sunday, May 6th early in the morning. They left his wound open because they believed there would be a better chance of avoiding infection. He went home with a wound vac.

Three and a half  days later he asked me to call an ambulance to take him to the Emergency Room, he was in extreme pain. Andreas was taken straight to a room and after having a CT scan done they determined that is sutures had ripped open. The same surgeon that did the open appendectomy and was about to go off duty stayed on and joined his partner to  operate on Andreas.

Next time I saw Andreas he had tubes and wires everywhere you can imagine. They found a really big infection that ate away a chunk of his abdomen on the left side including the binding tissue called, Fascia. This tissue layer sits deep within the abdomen right over the intestinal tract. The infection was what caused the sutures to rip open.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Margarita Krassa

So I was going to say in this journal that it would be my last entry simply because I have reached burn out status and just before I get to it I find out that Andreas is going home on Monday! Praise the Lord!!!

In my last entry we had just transitioned to a Rehabilitation facility. Andreas was getting a focused amount of PT/OT which was challenging him greatly. He was improving slowly and steadily.

Our stay at the Peak Resources facility will reach it's third week this Friday. I am thankful for our insurance company, first, because we have it and second because they are ending coverage passed Monday for rehab 😊

I will be taking my husband home on's almost hard to believe that I will no longer be walking into an empty house every day. This by far will be the happiest transition yet!

Thank you to all who followed our story through Caringbridge. I cannot begin to thank you enough for all the prayers, encouragement, and best wishes for our greater good. You guys made all the difference in the world to me and helped me to find strength in knowing I was not walking this road alone. Blessings to you all.

Prayer points:
~back pain relief
~continued full effort in PT/OT

Praise points:
~Andreas' improvements
~God's sustaining Grace
~Your involvement
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