Posted on June 22, 2015
Well. That sucked. But the outpouring of support and messages from you guys has been nothing short of phenomenal. As I told a friend the other day, it’s weirdly like getting to go to your own funeral. To be clear, 0% of any money raised here goes to me at all. My own finances and insurance cover the raw cost to me. This charity was setup to allow, through your grace, my family to up and relocate to a very expensive city temporarily originally to make end of life decisions, but then to help support my recovery. All proceeds go to that purpose and I want to stress I benefit in no way from this page other than the incredible support and messages from all of you.
So what the hell happened to me? Here’s the breakdown of what happened, where I am at, and my schedule for returning to normal work and life.
I arrived in San Francisco on Monday after a couple of flight delays and was feeling not super well. The next thing I know, it’s nearly a week later and I am having an intubation tube pulled out of my throat. Unbeknownst to me, a fluid buildup in my lungs had developed into an infection that quickly became septic such that when I decided to check with the hospital Monday evening the 8th , I was apparently well on my way to entering a coma from it.
It was touch and go for the first 48 hours. The doctors actually had my entire family notified that I had no brain activity and they needed to come make a life support decision. While rumors of my state were only slightly exaggerated, it wasn’t by much. The prognosis truly was dire.
I woke from the coma on Saturday morning the 13th. Since that time I have been treated medicinally and surgically to prevent any further fluid buildup from occurring. This involved both a drug regimen, installation of an external drainage system, and the final step after making sure my vitals and bloodwork had all returned to 100% normal, a shunt into my liver to equalize any imbalance, known as a “TIPS” procedure. The procedure was a success.
As of right now my blood work, brain activity, and overall health is normal and getting better every day. I am expected to be discharged this coming Tuesday, and will be traveling to TX for some specialist work during the recuperation time, followed by an eventual return up to the Seattle area. They’ll remove all the IV’s and drainage just before I go to make sure I am okay to travel.
I can’t thank you guys enough for the time to recover and heal from this, it was the most surreal and awful health scare ever. Thankfully, the doctors basically took the time to put me flat on my back and fix underlying issues instead of what I had been doing-- treating issues as they came up.
You made a lot of amazing things possible that I cannot imagine my recovery would be the same without. Thank you all so very much. We’re actually working on some more updates that will go into a lot more detail including some humorous asides and what it felt like for me to be in the coma (yes, I was somewhat aware. It was awful)
Thanks again and more to come!