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On Wednesday December 20th , at 5:00 pm, my dad was taken to the Tomball Regional Emergency Department for what we thought was an extreme case of influenza. After spending 17 hours in the ER we were told that he was going to be admitted to the hospital because of a diagnosis of double pneumonia (pneumonia in both lungs) and possibly sepsis (when bacteria enters the bloodstream). As the night went on and they waited for a room to become available in the hospital, his respiratory status worsened and we were told he would be admitted to the CCU (Critical Care Unit) for close observation. On Thursday December 21st, at 11:00 am, just one hour after being moved from the ER to the CCU, we were informed that an intubation procedure and ventilator were necessary for him to breathe. The  exact words from the pulmonologist were "his reserves are spent, he is unable to breathe on his own and a ventilator is necessary to keep him alive". After being intubated, the doctors had him on a low level of sedation; because of this he was able to feel and fight the ventilator. The resistance he applied to the ventilator was requiring his lungs to work even harder, and since his lungs were already very sick, he needed to allow his lungs to completely rest. The only way to provide complete rest for his lungs was to use a combination of heavy sedative and a paralytic. Thursday December 21st, at 6:15 pm, he was put into a medically induced coma. The night of the 21st, he was very unstable. He was turned onto his side for a few short seconds and his oxygen saturation dropped into the low 80's and it took several hours for him to return to the low 90's. For the following day he recieved 100% oxygen through his ventilator and his oxygen saturation remained in the low 90's (on 100% oxygen his oxygen saturation should be at 100). On Saturday December 23rd, he remained completely paralyzed and sedated. With this complete rest, his  lungs began to use some of the oxygen given to him through the ventilator and his oxygen saturation raised from the low 90's into the mid 90's. With this imporvement, the team of physicians decided to lower the amount of administered oxygen from 100% to 80% to see if he was able to tolerate the decreased oxygen supplementation. For the next couple of days, Sunday December 24th and Monday December 25th, he remained stable and in a medically induced coma with an oxygen saturation in the mid to high 90's on 60% supplemental oxygen. Because of his increased stability, in the evening of Monday December 25th, they decided to discontinue the parlytic and just keep him on a very high dose of sedation. On Tuesday December 26th, the sedation was reduced and for the first time since being admitted to the hospital, he was able to be moved in bed without his oxygen saturation levels plumetting. During the night of the 26th, he began to struggle with his oxygenation and his supplemental oxygen had to be increased from 60% to 90% and his sedative had to be increased as well. Today, December 27th, he remains on the ventilator at 90% oxygen and in a heavily sedated state. When he arrived in the ER a set of blood cultures were drawn, after the full 5 day incubation period, no bacteria or fungi had grown, leaving the doctors to believe that it is a viral infection that is continuing to attack his lungs. For now, all we can do is be patient and hope that the medications he is on can fight the infection and allow his lungs to heal. The doctors have told us to anticipate another week in the CCU on a ventilator, give or take a couple of days. If the ventilator is not effective, the next step would be a tracheostomy.  We have been told that this is going to be a very very long road and we are just at the beginning. When he is discharged from the CCU, he will be admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation facility where he will have to remain until a majority of the damage caused to his body is healed. 

We are not asking for money for our every day expenses, every dollar donated will go directly to my father's medical bills. We understand that it is Christmas time and cash is tight for most people, but any little bit will help. 

It has been a full seven days since he has been admitted to the CCU and he has been in a complete medically induced coma the entire time. It has been seven days since he has spoken to us, it has been 7 days since we have seen his big blue eyes, it has been 7 days since he has held our hands, and it has been 7 days since he has heard us tell him we love him.
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For those of you who don’t know, January 10th at 8:20 pm, my daddy knocked on Heaven’s gates. I’ll never get over the pain of losing him, he was my first love & my closest friend. He fought for three weeks to stay here with us but Jesus called him home. We now have a beautiful angel watching over us, spread those wings & fly daddy ❤️

We will not be having a funeral but a memorial service, to cherish all of the wonderful moments we had with him. He will be cremated & his ashes will be buried beside his own daddy.
The service information is listed below:
Services for Donald Wayne Weldon Jr
Lifehouse Bible Church
26030 Nichols Sawmill Road
Magnolia, Texas 77355
Tuesday January 16th, 2018 at 12:00pm
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We are so grateful for all of the donations, prayers and kind words.

I haven’t posted an update in a few days because, unfortunately, there has not been much change. After going into hypovolemic shock on Wednesday, he stabilized but was on the most support he could receive from the ventilator. He is still in the medically induced coma and receiving 100% supplemental oxygen and is sating in the low 90's. The doctors have told us that they have completely rid the infection but he is still receiving antibiotics for prophylactic purposes. The risk of infection while intubated is extremely high. He still has fluid in his lungs and is still receiving a diuretic to pull the excess fluid off, this process is working very slowly. They have told us that there is nothing they can do for his lungs from a medicine standpoint, all we can do is wait. We asked the doctor point blank if he is getting better and she said no. He has not had any improvement since going into shock but he also has not had a set back since then. Going into shock was a very drastic set back for his body, he is trying to recover from that but right now, it's not working. We know this is going to be a very long process and we are so grateful that every other part of his body is functioning well.

When you pray, please pray for his lungs to heal, for his ventilator settings to be decreased, for his oxygenation to increase and for the function of his lungs to increase to the point where he is stable enough for a tracheostomy. We need continued prayers and good thoughts, as thursday will be 3 weeks since he has been intubated and on a ventilator. We miss him so much. Thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers and donations. ❤️
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I want to start by saying we are so grateful for all of the donations, prayers & support for my dad. I am sorry that I have not had time to post an update, I haven’t been very emotionally sound the past couple of days.

My dad had two very very bad days, the worst days he's had since he has been in the hospital. Yesterday was by far the scariest day of our lives. On Tuesday, his sats dropped and he had to go all the way back up on his ventilator settings and the tracheostomy was taken off of the table for now, since he is far from stable enough to get the trach. Yesterday, he remained on very high support from the ventilator. At the end of the day, he went into hypovolemic shock (he was losing blood from his veins, arteries & capillaries, this is called vascular space). His heart rate went into the 200s, his heart rhythm was very abnormal, his blood pressure remained 80s/40s, and his kidneys were failing. They completely turned off the sedation because they were prepared for him to go into cardiac arrest and they had the crash cart in his room. He was put on three different vasopressors (medications to increase his blood pressure), they had to take him off of the ventilator and manually bag him for 30 minutes because he could not sustain the 100% support from the vent, his electrolytes were all over the place and he also received 4 units of blood. We were told that he was bleeding internally but they can not take him to CT to find out where the bleed is from because he is way too unstable to be moved to another bed for the CT. They suspected internal bleeding because his hemoglobin (found on red blood cells) was critically low, he was very pale & his blood pressure was fatally low. He was also receiving a heparin drip. Heparin is a blood thinner, it is used to prevent clots, but its major side effect is bleeding. We were sent to a private waiting room. The doctor kept saying over and over "I'm doing everything I can but it doesn't look good". By the grace of God, he stabilized over night. When I got to the hospital this morning and talked to the doctor his kidneys were no longer failing, his heart rate was normal, his blood pressure was almost perfect WITHOUT any vasopressors, his hemoglobin had risen, and he had no fever. However, his lungs are still completely reliant on the very high level of ventilator support. On Tuesday, with the high levels of support, his oxygen level in his blood was 59 (normal for him >80) and his carbon dioxide in his blood was 89 (normal for him 45-55). Today before I left the hospital for the evening, his oxygen in his blood was 110 and his carbon dioxide was 69. These were the best blood gas numbers he has had since he has been in the hospital. Tomorrow, they are going to try to reduce the ventilator settings just slightly so that we can try to get back on the path to the tracheostomy. They are still watching him very very closely, because of how detrimental yesterday was. He is still fighting so hard and this is twice that he has beat the odds, and has survived.

We need prayers now more than ever. Please continue to pray, because being in the ICU, what happened yesterday, can happen again. God is hearing us. Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers and donations. If you’re not able to donate, we understand. Your prayers & the sharing of our post mean just as much. Thank you all.
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I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year with your friends and family. Thank you again for all of your prayers, thoughts and donations.

It has been a good couple of days for my dad. His supplemental oxygen level has been decreased from 80% to 55% through the ventilator and he is currently holding his own on these settings. He is still in a medically induced coma and will remain this way until he is able to breathe on his own. After discussing with the physician today, the best consensus is that the next step is to do a tracheostomy, we are anticipating for this to be done on Wednesday or Thursday this week. The trach is reversible and the physician is expecting him to have it for a month or two, while he undergoes extensive rehabilitation. Today is the 12th day that he has been on the ventilator with the endotracheal tube (ETT). It is imperative that the ETT be removed as soon as possible because of the risk of severe damage from the prolonged use of the ETT. They will do the tracheostomy and the ventilator tubing will be connected directly to the trach as opposed to having the ventilator tubing connected to the ETT. Once the trach has been inserted, he will be able to be weaned off of his high dose of sedation. We have been told that since he has been on these strong sedatives for 12 days now that the weaning process will be hard and he will even experience a state of psychosis, accompanied by hallucinations and withdraw symptoms. For now, we continue to wait to see how he improves and we wait for the tracheostomy procedure to be done. We were told that the first couple of days in the hospital, he had a 10% chance of surviving; he has beaten these odds and his chances of survival have increased. He is not out of the woods yet but it appears that we are beginning to make very small steps in the right direction.

If you are able to donate, we appreciate it so much. If you are not, your prayers, thoughts and sharing of this post means just as much to us. Thank you all and Happy New Year.
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