Patrick Lamb Liver Transplant
At age 49, Packy has been referred to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA for the transplant. The doctors have indicated that the transplant will most likely be expedited as he will not live a year without it. This is heartbreaking news for his family and especially heartbreaking for his wife and soulmate, Teresa.
While Teresa is an investigator with the local sheriff’s department, they have health insurance, but there are numerous other expenses that must be considered. Out-of-pocket expenses for hospitals and physician services, medication expenses after the transplant (very expensive anti-rejection medications for the rest of his life), travel from Augusta to Atlanta, and housing cost (a minimum of 1 month) since the hospital is in the Atlanta area. Your help will be tremendously appreciated. Any amount that you wish to donate will be a blessing to us. We are all extremely grateful that this transplant will give my brother a second chance, the gift of life.
In my last update Packy was finally coming home, well unfortunately he has had some major setbacks. I apologize for taking so long to update but this has been a very difficult time for everyone. So as you all know Packy went home on April 20th. He and PeeDee were so excited, we all could finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately on May 12th, it appeared that Packy was once again having some issues due to his anti-rejection medicines. He was taken to MCG where he was admitted. He stayed there until Monday May 14th and was released to go home. During the next week he was to take medications and would hopefully be back on track. He continued to have hallucinations which got worse by the following Monday. PeeDee was in contact with Piedmont and Monday morning they asked her to bring him back to Piedmont ER. When they arrived that afternoon he was admitted while the doctors evaluated him to try and figure out what was going on. The only thing they could find at this point was he had a UTI and was suffering from sleep deprivation. At this point he was still hallucinating with moments of lucidity.
PeeDee had to come home for work so she and Dad changed out on Wednesday May 23rd. That night around midnight, they gave Packy some medicine to help him sleep, approximately an hour later he coded. Thank God a nurse came in when he did and realized what was happening. They were able to get him back and they immediately took him for a CT scan which looked good. Unfortunately, as of today he has yet to wake up. They started monitoring him daily with an EEG. Each one has shown some seizure activity so he is on propofol until they can figure out what is going on.
As if that isn't enough, he started running a fever this week and they have determined he has developed a C. diff infection and blood infection. They are treating these as best they can and hopefully once they have the infections under control, they can move forward with other treatments.
I am telling you all of this so you are aware of just how serious the situation is. Packy made a lot of progress before but this will knock his recover back significantly. There also are so many expenses piling up and it is hard to imagine how the bills will be paid. Since December 27th, Packy has been in the hospital 136 days with probably half of those being in ICU. The doctor's are puzzled and have never had a transplant patient with any of these problems so it is most likely that he will not be released anytime soon.
Please keep Packy, PeeDee, Alex, Mom, Dad and I in your prayers as we continue on this journey. If we don't respond to calls, texts, or messages, it is because we are struggling and just can't talk about things at the time. We do appreciate everyones thoughts and prayers and need them now more than ever. If you feel like it, please share this update on your walls. The more prayers Packy can get right now the better. We will take all we can get.
As I have said before, thank you to each and everyone of you who have donated. This has helped tremendously and PeeDee needs any continued support you can offer. I love you all and please keep praying (now more than ever) for my bubs!