Posted by Tiggerific Jean on October 17, 2009 at 6:36 PM
10/16: Larry took a sudden turn for the worse Friday at about 4:00 p.m. I had to call 911. They came in and heard him gasping and crackling from fluid in the lungs and 3 of them scooped him up and said "go, go, go" and didn't even take any vitals. They had to intubate him on the way and he has been on a breathing machine ever since. He is very critical in ICU at West Marion Hospital and things are not looking good. They have not been able to keep him stable at all. He did regain some consciousness after they had initially worked on him, but then they put him under heavy sedation. He has been off the sedation for 4 hours, but there is no sign of him waking up. His kidneys also seem to be failing. He is a fighter, but he will need a miracle to pull him thru this. Please say extra prayers for him...as he isnot ready to give up the fight!
Last Update: Larry wasn't able to pull thru. He gave it everything he had. I sat in a chair all night in ICU with him never taking my eyes off him and the monitors and the breathing machine and tubes that were connected to him. They had taken him off the sedation at 12:00 a.m. and at 4:00 a.m. asked me to see if I could wake him. I held his hand and spoke to him to try to get him to respond. He open his eyes and looked right at me and quickly closed them again. He did this about 4 more times when I spoke to him for the next hour. His numbers had looked pretty good all night although they had told us he probably would not make it. He had always told me he wanted to fight and wanted all measures to try to save him. At 5:30 a.m. his vital signs all went crazy. His heart rate went to 195, he had no bottom pressure number (like when he came in), and his oxygen went down to 76. Everything was going haywire. They told his ex-wife and I who were the only ones that stayed in the room (sharing a chair together) to call in the family right away as he was getting ready to code. They asked us again if we were sure we wanted all lifesaving measures. We told them those were his wishes and ours as well. We wanted to give him every fighting chance. They brought in the crash cart to prepare. He fought a hard fight. At about 6:00 a.m. they announced code blue. They worked on him for a long time and brought him back. His daughter and son-in-law were now there along with his brother from West VA and his family. Only his daughter and I were allowed back and eventually his brother. His hands were rubbery and clammy. They told us he would probably crash again and asked if we wanted them to continue saving him. We said yes. At about 6:30 he was code blue again and they brought him back again. Larry was still trying to fight, but didn't have any fight left. He was code blue again and they started thumping his chest over and over for about 15 minutes...He couldn't come back this time and his fight was over. It has been a long battle and he gave it all he had. We have been together for 20 years and although it was rough on both of us towards the end, it gave us a special bond that nothing can ever take away. He didn't have any insurance and no one in the family or myself has any money for funeral arrangements. We think he has a plot in
W VA, but I don't know where the deed is, so we have to check into it. The tentative plan is to ship him to W VA and have the funeral there. In about a month, we will have a memorial service in the Jacksonville area at his son-in-law's church in Hilliard, FL. We don't even have the down payment for the process to begin and don't know where we are going to get it or the rest of the money. I called the bowling alley to see if I could have a bowlathon and am waiting for them to call back this evening. The problem is it could not be right away and would only raise a very small portion. Thank you for all your prayers and blessings. I'm not sure what day I will be leaving for W VA.