Country Living Series

Friday, April 19, 2013

Health issues

If I’ve been quiet on the blog for the last couple days, it’s because I just got back from checking Don into the hospital for acute renal failure.


We’ve been blessed with good health for so many years that this development took us by surprise. Don took a business trip to Oregon on Thursday, April 4, and almost immediately came down with a urinary tract infection. It’s miserable to be sick when you’re away from home, and he was forced to miss his return flight. He went to an Urgent Care facility in Oregon on Sunday, April 7 and was given antibiotics and AZO, which offers urinary pain relief. We got him home on Tuesday April 9 and he’s spent the last two weeks propped up but unable to do much.

His symptoms didn’t get much better and was compounded by all sorts of, well, blockages. The urinary tract infection caused a blocked intestine, which caused an enlarged prostate, which also blocked the bladder, and this apparently has led toward kidney problems.

Things got so much worse yesterday that he made another doctor’s appointment for this morning. They took a blood test and almost immediately told him to get to the hospital. The term "acute renal failure" sounded so horrible to my unschooled ears that I immediately did a bit of online research when I got home.

I learned that acute renal failure can happen fast – which in fact it did. Don looked like he was improving until a couple of days ago. However he’s receiving excellent care and, though he may be in the hospital over the weekend, his prognosis is quite good.

Prayers for his recovery would be deeply appreciated.

(Magazines on the table in the hospital waiting room: American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, American COPS. Only in north Idaho.)

35 comments:

  1. I read you daily and am praying for Dons full recovery. Randy Vickery

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  2. Praying for a speedy recovery.

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  3. Oh my goodness. Wishing you all the best,
    -Ryan

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  4. The Lord bless you and keep you Don, Patrice and girls. Standing believing for a full and speedy recovery.

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  5. I just prayed for Don and will continue to do so. So glad they caught it, prayed for the doctors as well, that they would have wisdom for Don's treatment.

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  6. Hope Don recovers quickly and on his feet soon.
    Many prayers and Gods blessings.
    andy

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  7. Our prayers are with Don, you, and your family. May the Lord keep His hand on you!

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  8. I just prayed for you and your family. Blessings,

    CJ

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  9. Praying for your husband!

    Mary, a fellow Idaho gal

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  10. Patrice,
    Although I'm not religious, I still follow your blog daily because you and Don are the kind of down-to-earth people that I would love to have as neighbors.

    That said, please know that I wish Don a speedy recovery and I look forward to seeing your post announcing his return home.
    ---
    Sam....

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  11. Patrice, I have prayed for God's healing touch for Don, for His strength, peace, and love to surround your whole family. I care about you all. My thoughts are with you.

    Sheila in Georgia

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  12. Oh, my heavens! I was shocked to read of The Boss's Husband's hospitalization. Please take the time you need to regroup and nurture yourselves. I'm so glad the prognosis is good.

    Praying hard now.

    Just Me

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  13. We are praying for Don's quick recovery and for you and the girls' peace at this time.

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  14. Emergencies are always a surprise! Praying God's wisdom for the docs and for Don to heal quickly! Am sure he is anxious to get home!
    Love your family ...and your Blog...read it every day.
    Vera
    CenTX

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  15. Prayers for your family!

    And the example of the collection of magazines in the waiting room is one of the reasons I love northern Idaho so much!

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  16. That is a scary diagnosis. I hope he returns to full health soon.

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  17. So sorry to hear. Hope he recovers quickly.

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  18. Definitely praying. God bless you all.

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  19. Keeping the Lewis family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  20. Prayers for his recovery!

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  21. Oh my! Hoping to read VERY soon that Don is back home recovering.

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  22. Prayers for dear Don and dear family.

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  23. Praying for a complete return to health for Don and also for your family as you help care for him. Thanks for such a wonderful blog.

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  24. Goodness - what a scare! Sending all prayers and good wishes for speedy recovery for Don.

    Phyllis (N/W Jersey)

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  25. Dear Patrice, you, your husband and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!

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  26. Prayers and good thoughts headed your way... strength to you and your family and quick and full recovery for your husband.

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  27. Get well soon Don.

    Huggs..

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  28. Prayers from Wyoming for a swift and complete recovery.
    sidetracksusie

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  29. We are praying for your husband and you!

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  30. Patrice,

    I wish I lived closer to you to help with meals, and the feeding of animals. My family has Don, you and the girls in our prayers.

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