Dad - 86
Supposed to go in for biopsy to possibly confirm temporal arteritis
Was at work and had seizure on Sat - taken by ambo hospital
When I got there he had another seizure - totally consistent to what I read about them on web
Would get better after 30 minutes or so - had normal sense of humor, made jokes - seemed himself - but a little exhausted. Remembered and asked on Sunday about a friend I had brought on Saturday.
Now he seems to be in a state of constant convulsions - he can say single words and stuff but is extremely agitated and confused.
Did lumbar puncture Monday around 3 EST
They said something about encephalitis and possibly his polio effecting him. They don’t know what is wrong with him - but seem generally not moving very fast .
Should it take 23 hours for lumbar results?
They are saying “days” for results
Got into accident yesterday so wasn’t here yesterday but sister was and doctor only came by once in 13 hours. He is in a constant state of near terror. (Before he would seize, come back, be pleasant (rated pain as a 0))
Head CT negative for gross stuff
Head MRI negative for finer detail stuff
Urine & Blood I think was ok except for electrolytes (which they said was slightly off)
“Artifact” & “PVC” appears on ECG II & VI (I’m guessing that’s what on the monitor)
Resp Rate: 25
They seemed pretty confident when he was brought in he wasn’t dying
“Well we all are dying, but this isn’t going to do it”
He seems to have calmed down some since writing, but still need to know about lumbar - they seem to only be waiting for lumbar and EEG