Dear Newsvine members...
Gramapoet's son Christopher is struggling with some serious medical problems, was taken to the hospital, and I know
she could use some kind words, thoughts or prayers sent her way, to help her through a difficult time.
I don't have much information, I only know he has struggled with heart problems his entire life and that gramapoet was quite upset
when I spoke to her.
I will update this when and if I'm able.
Update from gramapoet...
For those who don't know, Chris was born with Aortic Stenosis. He has had 5 open hearts since he was 5 years old and 11 stents since the last open heart. He went into spasms this afternoon and now is in the Emergency Room at the University of Minnesota Hospital. I just spoke to the nurse and they have him stabilized and will admit him to a room shortly.
No, this is not unexpected, but he has survived so much that we continue to pray that this time they will find something that will help him to live without the pain and anguish he feels every day. Having had several near death experiences he isn't afraid of dying, but as he puts it, he still has some items in his basket to fulfill. Number one is to finally have an album of his songs taped. We are in hopes that after this he will finally have the chance to do that.
We are sure (mostly) that his marvelous sense of humor will pull him through, this as it has for all his life. Thank you for any thoughts or prayers you have for him. You are treasured friends.
These thoughts and words are for gramapoet so I will keep my input at a minimum.
Update for gramapoet...
Just talked to gramapoet...
They did an angiogram on Chris late yesterday afternoon into the evening.
They found no more major blockages in major arteries, but a few in some minor vessels that they believe can be handled with medication.
The doctors are now in discussions trying to figure out how to proceed with finding out the cause of his seizures.
Chris is on morphine for pain, is stable right now and resting.
Gramapoet will be away for most of the day but asked that I thank everyone for your very kind and thoughtful words. She expressed to me that words cannot convey how thankful she is to have such good friends on the Vine
She sounded a little better this morning.
It's a big relief for her knowing that Chris is in capable hands and being well taken care of.
Update for gramapoet
I just talked to gramapoet again.
She hasn't been able to see Chris yet, but a good friend will be taking her tomorrow.
The doctors are struggling to figure out what caused the seizure and passing out, so gramapoet is looking forward to having a conversation with them and offering input.
She seemed a little more anxious tonight because there has been no suggested solution or further diagnosis, so far.
Chris is alert, but also concerned about there being no further answers or diagnosis, yet.
I will talk to her again tomorrow evening and update again.
She sends her love and thanks to you all.
6/7/17 - 6:30 p.m. PST
Update for gramapoet...
I talked to gramapoet a few minutes ago...
Chris is home and stable.
Gramapoet, Chris and Tim wanted me to convey that they are overwhelmed by the kindness and thoughtfulness sent their way during this stressful time. Chris broke into tears at the caring and love you all have expressed.
Gramapoet asked me to tell you that your words helped her get through a very difficult three days, and how much she appreciates all of you. She said that talking to you all was a blessing which helped to alleviate the stress she was feeling.
They all said to Thank You.
She is a little tired and upset tonight.
Chris was sent home with no solutions.
He had one blocked stent that the doctors could not repair which will continue to cause him problems. They were unable to figure out what caused the seizure and the fainting.
He and Gramapoet are feeling very discouraged and are trying to figure out what they can do next.
She is planning to write to the Mayo Clinic in the hopes that they might have some ideas about further treatment for Chris.
She said that she will check in tomorrow to thank all of you for giving her such wonderful support.
I thank you, too, and ask that you continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.