"We are back in the hospital and I am absolutely devastated. Buck was doing so amazing with handling his short term memory loss, and all his lifestyle changes with grace and inspiration. We just had a beautiful weekend celebrating life during his fortieth birthday with friends and family from all over.
This morning he went into status epilepticcus (a seizure that doesn't stop) and was raced to the hospital. They gave him aggressive meds because of his dangerous, acute epilepsy and his blood pressure dropped. For a few seconds he didn't have a pulse. They defibrillated him and he came back. They then intubated to provide him breathing support, sedated him, then prepared him for our flight-for-life to Denver. The status epilepticcus was still ongoing at that point, 3 hours later...
During our flight it seemed to subside and we landed at Centennial Airport where were then put on another ambulance to Swedish Medical. He is currently in Neuro ICU and we we were told he'd be under heavy sedation and under EEG observation throughout the night. Rounds at 10am for answers.
Some strength we can draw from: 1. we knew how to treat him better this time to get a good jump on it, 2. he's been so strong and healthy this last year, 3. last time the status lasted 3 days, 4. the doctors and nurses remember us from last year. It's good to have them understand his past. Julie and Charlene were able to get on a flight right away, Erin met me at the ER to help me cope with my shock and panic. Fireman Pat was here to drive me around and drive our belongings down and my mom Paulette will arrive with more support here tomorrow. I'm sorry I can't call you personally, I hope you understand this is how I'm getting the message out.
My husband is strong and is a warrior. The support from friends, family and staff is incredible. Please pray for his recovery and that it an easier one than last time. He just said at his birthday when he wrote his celebration message "I'm not really a religious guy, but 'Dear God, thank you for blessing me with my friends, family and my second chance at life.'" Now we just need another one."
- Ed Becker
- Shary Akins
- Nora Matteo
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