Hi. My name is Amy Louser and my brother, David Finch, and I, are starting this page for my dad, Dave Finch, who has faced the toughest year of his life, and unfortunately, the prognosis is not good. On January 25th, 2017, my dad's gallbladder perforated. He was admitted to the Olean General Hospital for two days awaiting a drain to be placed into his gallbladder to decompress the gallbladder, so that the poison could be drained out of my dad's system. My dad suffers from a bleeding disorder, and because of this, they could not place this tube, due to the risk of bleeding, so for the two days, they gave him fresh frozen plasma, to prevent this, but this wasn't working fast enough, because as they were trying to work to get his blood stable for the tube, the poison was making him septic, and it was starting to injure his liver. He was then transferred to ECMC. Once at ECMC, they placed the tube that would drain the poison, and he stayed there for ten days. We were told that the drain would be left in about 2-4 weeks, and then he would go back up to ECMC and have his gallbladder removed. Once my dad was home a few weeks, he started feeling bad again, and we took him back for his check up at ECMC, only to find that the tube that was placed to drain the poison was never placed correctly, and none of the poison had been draining into the tube, it was just draining into my dad's system. So, they put a new drain in, and he would go up in another 2 weeks to be checked. Once again, he wasn't feeling good after being home a few days, and when he was taken back up to ECMC, the tube wasn't even in the gallbladder. They once again placed another tube, and told my parents, that they would schedule my dad's surgery towards the end of the month. This would be March. My mom had to keep calling day after day, and no one would return her call regarding my dad's case. He was just one that fell through the cracks. In the meantime he is losing weight like crazy because he cannot eat. At this point, he has lost 60 pounds. We contacted his PCP, who got in touch with the local surgeon who did my dad's gallbladder removal on April 4th. A surgery that should take 45 minutes, tooks 3 1/2 hours. The tube that was placed in my dad's side should have been in there no more than 2-3 weeks. It was in my dad's side for over 3 months. The surgeon had to cut this away from my dad's organs, as it was growing to them. My dad was in Sub Acute Rehab for 6 weeks following his surgery. He went home from that stay but within a month was readmitted, with orthostatic hypotension, and a condition known as hyporeninemic hypoaldosteronism, damage to his adrenal gland. This was from the poison being left in him for so long. He passes out all of the time from the orthostatic hypotenstion. On this admission, he was transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital to see if there was anything else that could be done for him, and there was not. They put him on some medications that would work together to help with the dizziness, and passing out, and told him, it may work, and it may not. Due to the damage of the adrenal gland, he lost his appetite also, and he continues to lose weight. He was readmitted again on July 31 for dehydration and passing out more than what he had been doing. He was then transferred to Cuba Rehab for 21 days for Rehab, which he did great at. We thought this was going to be the light he needed. Prior to this rehab, he hadn't stood on his on two feet in 6 weeks, but he went there, and was walking with his walker, and doing awesome. But since coming home, he has had some setbacks, and is now bedridden, and is not doing good at all. He may weigh 120 pounds, if that. A man who once weighed over 200 pounds, and was so healthy. We had a benefit scheduled for my dad on November 5 at the Allegany American Legion, but due to this setback, he wouldn't even be able to make it. So we had to cancel that. My brother and I are just asking for a little help with his medical bills, as he has so many from all of his admissions from ECMC, Olean General, Strong Memorial, and Cuba, plus all of the Ambulance charges. If you can't we understand, then maybe you could just pray for him. He needs all the prayers in this world.
Thank you so much. Amy Finch Louser and David Finch