Update on our little boy and his E. Coli 0157 case. He was able to go home last Sunday night. That was the culmination of a gut wrenching week. The week started out evenly enough with his kidneys beginning to function some. Then early Thursday morning he had a seizure. Seems to have been triggered at least in part by his blood pressure being way too high, but he was getting really uncooperative about blood pressure checks. Then we were shocked to find that brain scans showed he had evidence of a mild stroke. Nobody knows exactly when it happened but likely some time prior to the seizure. Thursday night we were feeling pretty low, not optimistic about the outcome of this. However, on Friday and Saturday he really picked up. And it turned out that the Wednesday before his seizure proved to be the last day he would need dialysis which caught us by surprise. On Sunday afternoon the medical staff agreed that it was time to send him home. It would have been theoretically safer to leave him in the hospital for several more days, but he was so impossible to work with (PTSD setting in we think + the effects of brain injury) that the benefits of staying were outweighed by the drawbacks. It will be a while before he is all the way back to normal, but the doctors think he will make a complete recovery, even from the brain injury. This disease has really abused his body, but the reality is if it were not for the blessing of modern medicine, we would have had a funeral instead of a homecoming.
We have had a very very hot and dry summer. But, we have had 7.2" of rain so far the first 3 weeks of August. I thought there would be no second cutting for sure, but the grass is trying to bounce back. One would think that with over 7 inches of rain in the last 3 weeks that there would be standing water in places, but there isn't. That is how dry it has been.
@Gearclash I was thinking about you son while out mowing hay this afternoon. Just came back in to see if you had posted any updates. So good to hear that he was able to come home and that the prognosis is for a full recovery! Modern medicine is amazing! This is my 3rd day home with my wife after bi-lateral hip replacements. She now has titanium and nylon where worn out joints were giving her crippling pain. It'll be a bit of a road to recovery, but looking forward to her having mobility without continual pain.
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