Friday, February 4, 2011

Feb. 4th, 2011

So as promised here are some photos taken in the hospital and the photos that I got today.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Feb. 03, 2011

34 days
816 hours
48,960 minutes
2,937,600 seconds
of hospital stay for Eric

Then the best present for my dad's b-day and the best words to Eric's ears was when the doctor told them he could go home today.

He arrived home safely, ate out for dinner for my dad's birthday and looks amazing! He said his total weight loss was about 80 pounds. He is still working to get more fluid off. He is very happy to be home and is so grateful for the prayers on his behalf. Maybe to give him something to do he can pick up and write about each day.

Again we thank each of you for everything!!


P.S. Tomorrow I will post a before and after photo of Eric.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Jan. 31st, 2011

Tomorrow will be a month that Eric has been in the hospital. Boy has he handled this all so well.

Sorry for the lack of updates but things have been about the same. He has lost about 70 pounds from getting rid of the fluid. One of the nurses told Eric that 110 pounds was the most anyone has lost with getting rid of fluids. Of course, the competitor in Eric came out, he is working for 111 pounds.

They are still not giving him a set date to come home, though it is something he is looking to be able to do in the near future.

Thanks for the prayers, visits and support.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jan. 27th, 2011

Just a quick update...

They are working to dry Eric up from the fluids. They feel it will be better to have those fluids gone before he gets to go home.

Also he walked 3 laps (not sure the distance) with out oxygen, the nurse check him out once he was done and his oxygen level was 96. A great sign that his breathing is getting better.

He is also eating a little bit more and getting a little more energy.

We are so very grateful for the prayers that have been answered thus far. He seems to be progressing and hopefully sometime in the near future will return home.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jan. 26th, 2011

Results came back from the biopsy as negative. That means the tissue sample they removed did not carry the virus. This is not to say that some other part of the heart may still have the virus, but this sample did not. The doctor said that it was a good sign, but that his heart is still not pumping the blood out to the body as well as it should be.

They are working to get his meds. working properly with his body. He is taking the medicine by mouth, so that when he is released from the hospital they know that his meds. are working properly. This takes some time with trial and error.

He has also been moved to another room (#3701). Still the same floor just a different change of scenery.

He has been going back and forth with his fluids, one day doing really well and the next it seems to come back this is part of that trial and error process. He continues to walk around the hospital each day and is still enjoying the showers. :)

Thanks for everything!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Jan. 24th, 2011

Once again thanks for the prayers and thoughts throughout the day. The biopsy went well. They will get the results back on Wednesday.

During the procedure they did run some numbers on the heart and the pressure from the fluid is still high, meaning he still has a lot of fluid to get rid of. The doctor also mentioned that he could have possibly had the virus for the last 6 months. Luckily his heart was able to withstand the stress for that long.

Eric handled the procedure pretty well, and was able to watch what they were doing on the monitor. He said he was numbed up pretty good.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jan. 23rd, 2011

This weekend has gone well for Eric. He has been up walking around and enjoying those who have visited.

Tomorrow Eric will have a biopsy done on his heart. They will remove some tissue and exam it. They are looking to see if the virus is still affecting the heart, if the heart has been damaged in any way due to the stress it has been under, etc. The doctors told my parents and Eric that this procedure would be able to tell them quite a bit.

With anything there are risks involved. Please keep him in your prayers and thougths tomorrow.

I will update tomorrow on how it went. Though the results will take a few days to come back.

Stay warm.