Recently, Bill Brown, was discharged from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after 47 days in the hospital. His wife Carrie had originally taken him to the ER in Concord on Thursday April 11th with what they thought was the flu. Unfortunately, Bill was not so lucky and his situation was much more serious than they had originally thought. He had staph septicemia in a femoral artery graft from surgery a month before. As Carrie called it, "it's been a crazy roller coaster ride from hell" with several life and death situations. Over the past 7 weeks Bill has undergone 14 surgeries, suffered from renal and pulmonary failure, spent time on dialysis and spent the majority of his days in ICU (in two different hospitals). Bill still has a long road to what we can only hope will be a complete recovery!
Carrie & Bill have been through hell and back!
Carrie, when not sleeping in the hospital was driving over an hour to and from the hospital daily to see Bill. That's in addition to working, taking care of their dogs Max & Morgan and handling their home life in general.
Life is hard enough as most of us know, but what these two have endured really puts all our reserves to the test.....
We are so very very happy that Bill is on the road to recovery (with Carrie, Max & Morgan by his side) but he still has lots of work ahead which prevents him from working and even doing regular day-to-day activities and health care costs/medical expenses add up very quickly, especially when you have been adding them up for 47 days.
We know they’d never ask for any help but we want to do something for them to lighten their heavy load, so we are asking instead.
Any amount helps, and we will be grateful for whatever you can contribute..
June 23: Bill Brown update. Despite IV antibiotics and some heavy duty pharmaceuticals the severe back pain continues. No official diagnosis- which is very frustrating. The infectious disease doc and the hospitalist feel fairly certain its staph and that it never went away and has been hiding out. Bill had a PICC line put in today to continue IV antibiotics at home for some indeterminate length of time. He has another MRI scheduled for Tuesday and if things haven’t changed (gotten worse) they will let him come home Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s good and annoying at the same time. Given everything he’s already been through we are terrified of the possibility of a staph infection and any more damage to his spine. It was a beautiful day in Concord and I was able to spring him for a few minutes today to get some sun and fresh air on the cafeteria patio.
June 15th-after a 3 hour wait in the ER waiting room and 4.5 hours in an ER exam room Bill was finally admitted to Concord Hospital at 11 last night. He had a spinal biopsy (spinal tap) this afternoon and it’s a waiting game until the cultures grow and the doctors know what they are up against. Bill and I are devasted that he is back in the hospital fighting another infection-47 days was enough. This is a giant setback in what we thought was his slow road to recovery