Lars' not-so-awesome August began on July 27 at 2AM with a visit to Urgent Care after his Thursday night Legally Blond performance at Artistry.
Having pain in his chest and difficulty breathing, they sent him home with steroids and an inhaler.
Two days and two performances later, he was back at urgent care with worsening symptoms. This time, they gave him a second chest x-ray, which was inconclusive enough to warrant discussions with other doctors and calling an ambulance to take him to Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where the saga continued.
After many tests and consultations, a CT scan revealed his entire neck and chest cavity were filling up with fluid and needed to be drained immediately.
Over the course of the next 10 days, he would have three surgeries plus two additional procedures to drain infected areas in his neck and chest to try to stay ahead of the infection while IV antibiotics were administered continuously.
There were false flags along the way - fever up, fever down, white count up, white count down, but the tide finally turned when a seventh and final chest drain started to clear the last pocket of infection showing on the CT.
This was the beginning of recovery, though he spent another six days in the ICU for close monitoring. It was an additional two weeks of improvement that convinced the now large team of doctors that Lars was ready to be released back into the wild with some home care follow up.
All in all, after 31 days in the hospital, 18 of those in ICU, 7 drainage tubes in his chest, 3 in his neck, several surgeries, medications, and plenty of hospital food, Lars and his family have some very healthy medical bills headed their way!
It was a long 31 days, but he’s home! And he’s improving day by day. But the road to recovery is slow and the cost is huge.
Please help us RAISE THE DOUGH for this incredible human and his family.