Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Many things happen so slowly around here, then much happens in the blink of an eye.

Dan is home for a week of Thanksgiving break, and it is good to have him around here. We have been able to let Garrett off for a few days of much needed rest, and are quickly reminded of the care Dan needs on an hourly basis.

This was the first Thanksgiving in this home. And the final count was 15.(smallest Knudsen holiday on record!) Absent this year was Dan's cousin Cory, who went home to Heaven this past spring, after many years of battling Muscular Dystrophy. His quick whit and innocent smile were missed.

We had a quiet evening, but were awakened at 1 AM Friday, by Dan, who complained of a pounding headache. Within minutes, he was in the middle of his 2nd ever, Autonomic dysreflexia [AD] Episode. [For those who helped out with the first one in August, this was not as long lasting or intense.] Thus began a flurry of events including, a 911 call, nitro paste, 170+ BP, low oxygen level, holding up a non responsive son, ambulance ride, ER, informing Drs. and nurses of AD, and waiting. We got home about 5AM. and had a sleep-in day.

Dan's subra pubic was the probable cause, and it was replaced by the ER Dr. It was something a nurse was scheduled to do last week at CU, but the insurance cut all of Dan's nursing care, as he is considered "stable" and not in need of any skilled nursing care. Please pray with us that those denying this need, would reverse their decision and grant this crucial need in Dan's weekly care.

All seemed okay on Friday, except dizziness from a new med for his UTI, but at 1:30 AM, Dan woke us up again with the beginnings of a headache. This time we applied 2 applications of nitro paste, called his SCI dr., gave him a few extra meds, and put him in his chair, to keep him more upright. His BP dropped to under 130 and we breathed a slight sigh of relief. Dan slept in his chair the rest of the night.

We continue to search for answers, and fight for Dan's medical needs. We were glad this happened when Bill was around, but it's not a good event to see your child go through. It's definitely not good for Dan, or anything that he can control.

It's events like this that we realize our inability to control, or know everything there is to know about this complex injury. Continue to pray that doctors, medical people, care givers, insurance companies, IL & OH state aide agencies would be able to address and meet, Dan's physical care.

Bill, Deb * Dan


Anonymous said...

Good to see you at home Thanksgiving. You look great and I love your little beard. See you at Christmas time. To God be the Glory!

Suzanne Evans said...

I'm thanking God for the tremendous gains you've made this past year, Dan!
Thanking God for bringing Garrett along.
Thanking God for Cedarville, and their commitment to you.
Thanking God for your incredible family whose unflagging love and patience sustained you through the darkest times. Thanking God for sustaining them.
Thanking God for giving you, Dan, the patience, perseverance and faith to keep pressing on.
Keep pressing on, in His grace and in His power.

Anonymous said...

Oh glad Dan was with you guys so it could be caught quickly. Very few people know what AD is let alone what to do about it.I need to find out more about the nitro paste. Do you know we have never had that at our house? I will email you guys..blessings.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry Dan and all you had to go through this!!!!
Did you at least have good turkey, Dan?
Like Suzanne said, keep pressing on
IN His grace and power.

Dusty Penguin said...

I'm really sorry to hear about these 2 episodes and your hospitalization. I miss seeing you. I hope the drs. are able to get everything cleared up and you settled back down. You've had a couple of really good months here--must be school agrees with you:)