Hi, all. Shawn here. I just wanted to take a moment and update you on some happenings over the weekend.
Thursday of last week, Darrell started feeling pretty crummy. Generally not feeling well, but also he started struggling with his left arm and leg. They just didn’t want to cooperate fully and started to feel a little weak. He had an Avastin infusion on Wed pm, so we were alerted to paying attention to oddities like this. Early Friday am, the weakness had continued to progress, and was of significant concern to us both, so we opted to head for the ER at UW Medical Center. Several hours later, we had a clean CT Scan (so no Brain bleeds nor strokes), negative tests for infections and flu, and an MRI that was stable to the last 2. Our Neurology team decided to administer steroids (back on Dex - lovely!) and admit him to the hospital for observation and evaluation.
Monday am and we are still here, but he has been steadily improving. Headache is nearly gone, left side is stronger and starting to act more reliably like it is supposed to. We are still awaiting all of the teams that need to come through to evaluate our next steps, which will likely be either an inpatient rehab (think intensive daily Physical Therapy) or an outpatient rehab (go home and go to Physical Therapy a few times a week). Goal is to rebuild some strength and get him independently moving around and hopefully back to stairs and maybe even his long outside walks again.
That is where we are now. I will post again (or maybe he will) when we have a firmer action plan. For the most part, he is in good spirits and seems to be pretty hotly interested in getting on with the PT.
Have a great week, and please think good thoughts for him.
“One foot in front of the other...”