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August 3, 2020

7/15 After Dad is released from Froedert, and arrives at MCH under two week mandatory quarentine. I receive telephone call from nurse at 9PM, Dad has contracted Shingles. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

7/22 Dad reports having to wait as long as 45 mins to use rest room. Very uncomfortable, itchy, painful burning sores on right leg and low back. Feeling lonely, depressed, scared, no appitite. No visitors allowed due to COVID 19.

Telephone conference with Social worker, nurse practioner dietician, therapists. Lost 12 lbs, not eating. Feet swollen, concern for kidneys.

7/27 Dad reports severe pain in right shoulder, due to pre-eisting torn rotator cuff. Cortizone shot helpful for pain reduction in past. Not safe at current time, unable to provide under current care.

7/28- 7PM, recieved call from nurse MCH, Dad has temp 102F, severe knee and shoulder pain, suspected infection, sending back to Froedtert via ambulance. Arrives hospital 8:30 PM, ER. Initial diagnosis, infection from belly migrated to knee causing sepsis/blood stream infecction. Fluid from knee is drained and cultured, determined not the cause of infection. Pushing IV antibiotics. Very weak, heart speeding up and blood pressure still fluctuating. 
12:30 PM admitted to MICU

7/29- 8:15 AM, Cardiologist/EKG evaluation determines a potential "vegitation" on valve of heart? Now we are growing broccoli?? Transesphageal echocardiogram scope ( yet another procedure) indicates no change in heart  since July, 2020 echocardiogragm. No infection there! Good news.
6:10 Dad is transfered out of ICU. Treating infection of unknown origin. All cultures and lab work returned normal? Rhuemotologist newest diagnosis, psuedo gout. (Depositis of crystals forming in joints and surrounding tissues.)

7/30- 8:30 AM, Dad is having anxiety attacks forcing him awake throughout the nights. He is exhausted. 2 melatonen and benadryl ordered. Falling into deep depression from all this physical/emotional trauma & isolation from hospital/nursing home stay. Set up with new antibiotics, oral pain meds, and respitory monitoring. Moved onto air matress for better comfort. Vascular access replaced both lines and changed dressings. Difficult to preform PT due to etreme weakness and fatigue. Still no appetite, losing weight/mass. Ensure nourishment supplement ordered.

8/1 Nurse tried to flush remaining abdominal drain from spleen, but painful, too much fluid for smaller pocket. Will use less fluid to flush out drain. Hopefully last drain will be removed this week? 

8/2 Andy Waara, new social worker assigned to dad. Looking into new facility for sub-acute rehab. Looking for positive referrals for decent rehab facilities! MCH not a positive experience. St. Camillus, not accepting patients. Considering Franciscan Woods, Luthern Manor, St. John's on the Lake, St. Ann's, Southpointe???????

8/3 Theresa and Mom visited Dad today. He still has very low spirits and  an extremely negative attitude. I get it completely! I would as well after all he has been through! I sure wish I could find a way to make his day a bit brighter????

Thanks for following along with us on this uncertain journey. We are grateful for all of your continued prayers and warm wishes.
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August 1, 2020

On May, 16, 2020, (the year from hell), Dad took a fall in Florida,  X-rays there showed 2 fractured ribs. On May 27, we returned back to Milwaukee. On June10, at 8:30pm, he was rushed via ambulance to Froedtert Hospital with pain in left shoulder and right side, sweeting profusely. CT scan indicated spleen bleed. An embolization was performed to cauterize bleeds in spleen. 

June 26, Dads 85th birthday, and move in day to their new apartment at St Rita’s Square, downtown Milw follow up visit at Froedtert surgical trauma clinic. Sent to ER for readmission for sever side/ stomach pain/ low blood pressure/ jaundice/ low blood count/ chills & sweats! Developed 12 cm infected abscess in spleen.

June 27, splenectomy performed. Discovered infection fused spleen to diaphragm. His wound is dressed with gauze, and tube for drainage, but left open for 24 hours. He is now in medically induced comma on ventilator and feeding tube. Very terrifying to see! 

June 28, blood pressure low, white blood count elevated, signs of infection. Back into surgery to re-explore, flush, and clean wound.

July 7, another CT scan shows secondary pus pocket of infection at opening of drain site. Back into surgery for yet another procedure to clean and flush/ replace drain again. 

July 15, 3:30 released from Froedert to Milwaukee Catholic Home for rehab. More to come........


August 1, 2020

Welcome to Sal Seidita’s caring bridge journal. I’m Prudy, Sal & Joanne’s 2nd and favorite daughter! I’ve created this journal to easily keep all of our family and friends Updated regarding Dad’s health. It is difficult to contact each and everyone individually, this offers our family a platform to share information.


July 28, 2020

Hello Family & Friends,
Unfortunately Dad was readmitted via ambulance into the MICU at Froedert last night with a temp of 102 and severe knee pain. As you can imagine he is very scared, weak, exhausted and depressed. Although Dad in incredibly strong willed and brave, how many times can this poor man keep getting up after continually being knocked down? They will orthiscopically scope and clean/flush knee this afternoon in an attempt to flush out what they believe to be a secondary infection that seeded in his left knee joint from the original infection fromthe spleen.

Once again, we are requesting your prayers. We are also looking for a great hospice care facility if anyone knows of any. I do not think in home care is any longer an appropriate option at this point. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you so much for all of your support. It means everything right now!

Sending loving hugs to all.