In 2013, while Daniel and his then girlfriend Bailey were out to dinner, Dan became very disoriented and confused. Concerned, Bailey immediately took Dan to the ER. It was there that Dan was first diagnosed with Viral Encephalitis, swelling of the brain. Dan’s condition was critical and he was placed in the ICU. It was during this time that Dan had his first seizure. Bailey, an ER nurse, was left helpless to watch, wait and pray for Dan’s condition to improve. Thankfully, God answers prayer. Dan’s condition did improve and he was sent home with IV antibiotics and seizure medications, which seemed minimal considering what he had been through; he made a full recovery.
Dan and Bailey's relationship continued to blossom and in August 2014, Dan proposed. Dan and Bailey were married a year later. Life seemed to just keep getting better . . . in 2016, the newlyweds were blessed with a healthy baby boy - Colton Coy. They couldn't have been happier.
However, when Colton was 5 months old, Dan began to have active seizures again. His doctors struggled to find the appropriate diagnosis and dose of medication that would get his seizures under control. Increases after increase, Dan’s seizures were relentless. Due to these ongoing medical issues, Dan lost his job, his driver’s license, but even worse Dan could not be left alone with his own son. Running on very little sleep, Bailey continued to work at the hospital to financially support and care for her family while running Dan to all his doctors’ appointments.
Thereafter, they found a neurologist at Cedars Sinai specializing in seizures. In a nearly year long process, countless tests, and multiple hospital stays later, the doctors discovered a tumor and concluded that it needed to be removed to stop the seizures and get back to normal life.
On June 27th, 2017, Dan underwent surgery to not only remove the tumor but a portion of his brain. The surgery was a success. Dan was released from the hospital early with minimal speech deficits that improved daily.
A week and a half after surgery, July 7th, Dan's speech declined significantly and his head became swollen. They raced Dan back to the hospital and Dan was admitted immediately into the ICU with a brain infection. He went on to suffer 4 days of continuous seizures between Thursday and Sunday, completely interrupting his ability to communicate. Several tests later, they found he contracted a fungus called Cryptococcus at some point. Most people who are exposed to this fungus do not get sick; it attacks when your system is immunocompromised. This is believed to have caused his brain infection.
As you can imagine, Dan and his family have been through it all and he still has a long road to recovery. As of now, Dan's brain has suffered severe trauma and will take time to recover and to show improvement. There are a lot of scenarios in his road to recovery and only time will tell how severe the brain trauma has been. Please keep the Wojcik in your thoughts and prayers!
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