Tryston’s Medical Account
As some of you know, Tryston was admitted to ICU on 7/26/19 for what was believed to be pneumonia. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he was ultimately put into an induced coma and placed on a ventilator. The entire first week was spent exploring every avenue for treatment with little to no success. What he has been diagnosed with is called “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome” (ARDS). Several things can cause this, and the doctors feel that Tryston’s recent history of vaping was most likely the cause.
There really is no treatment for ARDS other than to keep him stable so his body can attempt to heal itself. He will continue to be in ICU, sedated and on a ventilator for the foreseeable future, but he’s a strong young man who we believe will fight his way through this.
Once he pulls through this phase, we were told to expect longer term care to help him recover. This includes physical therapy, breathing therapy and treatments, and potentially psychological help. The prolonged exposure to the oscillating ventilator, and the scarring they have seen through the bronchoscopy will very likely mean he will have a long recovery period. We have been told to expect up to two years to get back to himself with the understanding that there may be lifelong damage.
To all of those who have called, text, emailed, visited or provided any other form of support, please know that it means the world to us. This has been an extremely difficult time in our lives and friends and family like you are what gets us through every day.
Please continue the prayers not just for Tryston, but for all the doctors and nurses who have been wonderful in helping make this difficult time easier. Please pray for their healing hands and for the Lord to guide them in helping Tryston get better and back home to his family.
Two weeks ago Tryston was a typical 17 year old boy doing typical 17 year old things. It’s scary how things can change so quickly, and it puts life into perspective. Please hug and kiss all the ones you love and never take them for granted.
Karla Reedy Mattson