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Old 12-17-2008, 12:59 AM   #1  
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Post It's been a rough day...

This is going to be sort of long but I just have to get everything out so I can at least stop crying for today so I can get some sleep...

My step father (who was better than my own father) was sick for several weeks with flu like symptoms. Yesterday he went to the doctor because he just wasn't getting over it and they weren't overly concerned and did a little blood work.

At 3:30 this morning he was able to make it to the living room and woke my mom up; he had collapsed on the floor. So needless to say they checked into the hospital at 4:30 am. My mom thought it was dehydration which might have been the initial problem. However when they got to the hospital he kept getting worse and his blood pressure was ridiculously low at 76/44 or so. Eventually he became so delirious he couldn't tell where he was or who my mom was.

Then they looked at his leg and saw that it had swollen to about twice the normal size and had started to discolor. They thought it was a blood clot then they thought infection and they went back and forth with these two ideas for a long time. They finally moved him to ICU for continually monitoring where it was determined they needed to get him stable (blood pressure, vitals etc) then they would head into surgery to see if it was a clot and open it or if it was an infection and try to remove part of it. As time passed while making this decisions his health degenerated more and more until finally they went into OR without him being stable running the high risk of heart attack, stroke or likely death.

He did make it through that surgery but they had to amputate his leg. They informed us he had "necrotizing fasciitis" or what it's commonly called is flesh-eating bacteria. The awful news is this has possibly spread to his other leg and they'll probably do surgery on it tonight as well and possible amputation. And for the next week or so he has to be kept completely sedated and taken into surgery once a day to keep removing the infection until it no longer comes back. The mortality rate for this type of infection is around 70-80%.

I have never seen anything like this my entire life but apparently it's becoming more frequent. When they started explaining it it sounded like something that would be on Eleventh Hour or House or some TV show.

I'm sorry to unload but I really really needed to for my sanity. I hope tomorrow we get some better news.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:04 AM   #2  
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Oh man, rough day indeed. I'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
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Oh, Jess. I am so sorry to hear about all of this. That is a lot of scary business in a short timeframe. Take care of yourself and your family-- I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers! Keep your head up, kiddo! Come back to the boards if you need to chat more!
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:07 AM   #4  
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That is really tough. I'm so sorry you are dealing with that! Please feel free to unload anytime. That's why we are here.
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You poor thing! I can't even imagine what you are going through. I'm praying for you right now. Just know that it is ok to cry & be sad - in fact, it's healthy. Keep us updated on how he is doing.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:18 AM   #6  
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I'm sorry. Your in my thoughts...
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:35 AM   #7  
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That is very tough. Many virtual hugs for you & your family right now.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:46 AM   #8  
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Oh My God. My heart goes out to you. This has got to be quite a shock for your whole family. I hope your stepdad pulls through this.

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Old 12-17-2008, 02:36 AM   #9  
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Ya'll are definitely in my prayers hun...I'm so sorry, and my heart goes out to you and your family! Keep strong and come back to the boards if you need to unload...we're all here for you.
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oh my im sooo sorry to hear that! unload anytime.
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all my prayers for you and your family xxx
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:23 AM   #12  
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I'm so sorry for your family, that you have to go through this. I'm thinking of you!
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I am so sorry to hear about what your family is going thru. I will keep your family in my prayers. Please keep us posted on his condition. I know how scary it is when a loved one is critically ill.
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Wow I am so very sorry. I can't even imagine. please keep us updated. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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