Miguel’s Story

Site created on November 21, 2020

Dearest family and friends - We are using this site to keep family and friends updated about Miguel/Dad/Papi in one place, this is NOT a solicitation for donations or financial support. We appreciate all the kind words of hope and encouragement over the past few weeks as we have faced the unexpected. To scale back on the amount of phone calls/texts/emails we send to provide updates, we will be using this site for the most up to date info. Thank you for visiting and please feel free to leave comments. We may not respond to each one but we assure you we are definitely reading them all!!

For those who do not know the history, Miguel went into the hospital on Tuesday, November 10th for a procedure (TAVR) to fix a weak valve in his heart. The surgery was successful, but his already weak kidney (singular) has not been able to process the toxins from the dye necessary for the procedure. He has remained in ICU under the care of the expert doctors and nurses at TidalHealth in Salisbury, MD. Due to COVID we are not able to visit him, but have been able to FaceTime and talk on the phone a few times. He is also very confused, not fully understanding where he is and why.  Dialysis was started this week in addition to more oxygen and respiratory therapy. Once his lungs are clear and his kidney is able to handle cleaning his blood properly, we can start thinking about his transition home. We know he is a fighter and will get through this so he can be home with Christine, see his daughters, grandchildren, and all of his friends and family that care deeply for him. 

You are welcome to call or text Mercedes (Cede) at 202-468-2202 or Gretchen at 203-804-8033 with questions. We will regularly update this site with news of Miguel’s path to recovery. Cards may be sent to him at home, and Christine will drop them off every few days. Please let Gretchen or Cede know if you need the mailing address. 

Please keep the prayers and positivity coming!

Much love,

Christine, Gretchen and Cede

Newest Update

Journal entry by Mercedes Price

Greetings friends and family, and Happy New Year! We hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.

Dad has now been home for more than two weeks, and we are so grateful for the care of his doctors and nurses leading up to that transition. His recovery has hit a few speedbumps, but his amazing primary care doctors are on top of all of it, paying him visits at home and checking in with Mom almost every day. Right now the biggest hurdle is nutrition - he is frequently nauseated and does not have the desire to eat, and we need him to start putting some meat back on his bones. Mom has tried making everything under the sun! As a result he is still very weak, not sleeping well, and his blood pressure is not stable. Mom will be speaking with a nutritionist in the coming days who will help her come up with a plan of care.

He is getting physical therapy at home and continues dialysis 3x a week, now a bit later in the day (not "oh-dark-hundred" as Mom says) when the facility is a bit quieter. The confusion also comes and goes, a result of the ICU delirium which his doctor is investigating further with the help of a psychiatrist. 

Please do continue prayers for his healing and recovery, and cards/well wishes are always welcome. Texting is sometimes difficult for him, so physical cards and phone calls are usually best. We also are discouraging visitors for another few weeks until both his strength and cognition are showing signs of improvement. 

Thank you all for your support!!❤️

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