Kreg had to undergo a second round of surgery on Thursday. Hopefully this time everything goes as planned.
Wednesday, April 16 ,
The doctors realized something was not right as Kreg was in an abnormal amount of pain. He was also showing diminishing strength in his legs and complete lack of mobility, so the doctors sent him in for an MRI. They found great inflammation caused by the Stem Cell procedure and determined there needed to be an intervention. Surgery would be required to go back into the incision site and a insert a spine graft to expand the dura around the cord to allow the inflammation room to run its course. They took fascia from a second surgery site, his lower back, and inserted it into the first surgery site. They also hit him with a huge dose of steroids to help quell the inflammation and protect those little stem cells.
They wheeled him away at 10:30 am for a 3-4 hour surgery, which of course turned into a 6 and a half hour surgery. He came out of the OR and into the ICU in a load of pain and anger. Only after tons of pain meds and even more photos of dogs and gabby and Kyle, he settled down. And he started to heal, right in front of eyes.
Friday, April 18
Kreg still has pain but it’s surgical site pain. That’s the appropriate pain and manageable! The surgery was a success and the healing process is amazing. We watched him just rejuvenate , like the lovely Spring outside.
Saturday, April 19
Mobility is his new objective. pt is waiting for the ok from the surgeon to work on sitting up. He’s got plenty of healing to do.
Sunday, April 20
After a long and sleepless night, Kreg is finally resting. He spent the night coughing a lot and an X-Ray was ordered immediately. The results showed some fluid in one of his lower lungs, which happens to patients every now and then. He’ll be treated with an antibiotic so that it doesn’t get infected. He’s now being inspected for infectious disease in his spine and will be partaking in multiple studies regarding his spinal fluid. Things are tough and exhausting here. Please keep hoping for the best.