Over a month ago, Gary Gillean was transferred from St Joseph Hospital to Cleveland Clinic. It all started with a foot surgery they were trying to schedule, due to an accident that he had years ago, that had finally gotten to the point where he can barely walk. While preparing for the surgery and going through pressure tests, he didn’t clear cardio, as he had a newly discovered leaking heart valve and he would have to have his heart valve replaced before he could have foot surgery. As he was waiting for his heart valve surgery to be scheduled, he suddenly had extreme chest and back pain. So, from ER, he was admitted to St. Joe Hospital for over a week. Come to find out, his heart valve leak had caused an infection that spread to his spine, his sciatic, etc. He was in such extreme pain that pain meds couldn't even control his pain, and he screamed and cried in excruciating pain. By the time he was transferred to Cleveland Clinic, he was septic and going into AFib from the pain, which lead to an ulcer and bleeding internally. The loss of the blood made his blood pressure extremely low. After they stabilized all of that, he then had to be given Narcan, due to all the pain meds he was receiving, not metabolizing and caused a medical overdose. He was in and out of ICU, it seemed to be one step forward, and two steps back. After he was finally stabilized, his major concern was then low oxygen and fluid on his chest. After once again stabilized, he was moved to an acute care ICU facility near Cleveland. He hopes to be able to recover with physically therapy and continue with his antibiotics to be ready for heart valve replacement surgery in a couple weeks. After recovery from that surgery, he will finally be able to have his foot surgery, so he can walk again. He had a couple of good days earlier this week, then had extreme back pain again. They are doing tests and think the infection in the spine, might have caused permanent damage. It will be a long road and he is still tries to keep his sense of humor when he is awake and not in pain. He will be in the acute care in Cleveland for quite some time, and Marcia found a small place near there to stay. Please help in anyway as neither of them are working, additional costs of living expenses there and while we are all extremely hopeful, it will be a long road to recovery. Any amount will be greatly appreciated to help with these expenses!
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