Saturday, August 23, 2008

Another Hospital Visit

David has been feeling tired and dizzy for the past few days. The doctors took him off the Lisinipril to see if that would help. It took away the dizziness, but he was still feeling exhausted. Thursday and Friday he said that he was having waves of confusion and that he was really tired and having a hard time concentrating. I talked to the doctors at OHSU and they just said to go to the ER if he was feeling like he was going to faint. We did not like this answer because there was definitely something wrong, but he didn't think he ever felt like he would faint.

Last night I took him into After-Hours and they said they could not do anything for him, if he needed to be seen he should go to the ER. David felt like he was just tired and if he rested and got a good night's sleep he would feel better in the morning. Charlie and Katie came home from the ward campout with Sam and Kathi and Sam gave David a blessing. I took Katie and Audrey to bed and about an hour later David came in saying that something was really wrong and I needed to call 911. His left leg was twitching and he was halfway off the bed. The Paramedics came in and he continued to have seizures all the way to the hospital. Once we got to the ER, he had one more big seizure and then they were able to give him some medication to stop them short term. During these seizures he was always completely conscious and able to talk through them, the only his left arm and leg would twitch. Bishop Glazier and Brother Hurst were able to come to the ER and give him another blessing. Sam and Kathi and I stayed with him in the ER. They did another CT scan of his head, which of course came back showing nothing. They also did neurology tests (David calls them stupid human tricks). He loses movement and control on his left side during the seizures but seems to regain all of his strength once they are over. After talking to the Neurologists up at OHSU, they decided that he just needed to be on some anti-seizure medicine and then he could go home. I pressed the issue - not sure he was ready to go home. I asked that they at least call and talk to the cardiologists up at OHSU and see what they said. They also said it was ok to go home, with the medication. I warned that if there was any sort of trouble I was bringing him back.

They gave David a super dose of the anti-seizure medicine in the hospital through an IV, and then gave us a prescription to fill today. The IV medicine made him itch all over severely, which he did not appreciate. It also altered his thinking quite a bit. He is finally coming out of that now, but is extremely tired. Once we got home this morning at about 6:15, he was really fidgety and itchy. He kept trying to get up (which he wasn't able to do because he can't stand straight without falling over), and was extremely agitated. Finally I think he's a little calmer and the medicine has worn off a bit. He's actually sleeping at the moment. Hopefully this medicine will do the trick and we can make it until next Thursday, when he has the cath scheduled. I'm making sure that he takes it very easy at this point and we're watching him very closely.


jeepite said...

Laura, thanks so much for keeping us updated....At the Ward Campout we were concerned for, thinking about, and praying for you all. Know that you have a Ward Family who love you dearly and you have our faith and prayers to hold you up.
Did I mention we love you?
Kathie Cook

Kirsten and Jonathan said...

I am so sorry to hear that you had to go through that again. And you too. We will continue to keep you guys in our prayers, I really hope that they figure out the cause soon.

Kimi said...

So sorry to hear that you are still having to go through all of this. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Thank you so much for keeping us all up to date on everything.

Archambault Family said...

I am so sorry to hear David had a step back. I will continue to keep him in my prayers. If you need anything please let us know. I know we live far away, but I can help if you need me. I love you guys. Stay strong, there is obviously a lesson in all of this. Don't lose hope, David will pull through. Love ya!

usmcwife200 said...

Thank you for all the updates. You are all in my prayers. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. I will keep praying for you. Love you all,

Aimee Matthews(Shirley)