Post Number: 1950
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 10:57 pm: ||
In the 'Tis The Season thread, I mentioned that my long-time brew partner came through his hip-replacement surgery well. It turns out I spoke too soon. While I was visiting him in the hospital today, they were getting ready to transfer him to the ICU. He may have a rough road ahead.
Best guess is that the surgery triggered Guillain-Barre Syndrome, as surgery sometimes does. If true, he's looking at 3 - 6 weeks in the hospital, possibly paralyzed for much of it, possibly on a respirator for a week or two. 30% of people who get it need a respirator. Even in the best ICUs, 3% die. 30% still have residual weakness after 3 years.
Rob, Jim, and I have been brewing and drinking together for 6 years. I've only brewed without Rob a few times since '03. He is like family, like an uncle to my kids. I'm not taking this well.
I would greatly appreciate it if you could put in a word on his behalf with the deity of your choice. Rob, being less religious and more sure of the healing power of beer, would probably prefer that you raise a pint of homebrew in his honor. Whichever you choose to do, thank you.
Post Number: 56
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 11:01 pm: ||
You got it Paul. My family will keep him in our prayers.
Post Number: 703
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 12:36 am: ||
Prayer and a glass of wheatwine to your buddy Rob!
Post Number: 1142
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 12:47 am: ||
Good thoughts and cheers from here!
Post Number: 9578
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 12:55 am: ||
That's not good news, Paul. It makes me even more thankful that I survived hip replacement surgery in 2002 (to correct lingering problems from an injury when I was in my early 20s) with flying colors.
Indeed I'll raise a goblet of my Orval clone to Rob's full recovery. This beer is turning into one of the best I've brewed in a very long time.
Post Number: 913
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 01:35 am: ||
Raising a toast...thoughts and prayers. As much as there is disagreement in the HB community, it is really all 6 degrees of separation, me thinks.
Post Number: 695
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 01:55 am: ||
Paul which Hospital?
Post Number: 1953
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 02:42 am: ||
Thanks, everyone. I do really appreciate it.
GG, He's at St. Raphael's. I feel a little lost there. We always went to YNHH because that's where my dad worked. But I'm sure I'll get to know it pretty well over the next couple of months.
Post Number: 52
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 04:41 am: ||
I have done both.
Post Number: 307
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 11:53 am: ||
He's in my prayers as well. I will raise a glass, too- which reminds me to get brewin' as supplies are low....
I hope all goes well.
Post Number: 2106
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 02:55 pm: ||
I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sure it's not easy to look forward to the prospect of being in the hospital over the holidays. And in many cases it even harder on friends and family. He's in my prayers and I'll raise a pint to him also. I hope he recovers quicker than expected.
Post Number: 404
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 04:18 pm: ||
I will keep your friend in my thoughts and raise a pint for him this evening.
Post Number: 232
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 05:29 pm: ||
I'll keep both of you in my prayers. Friends are sometimes closer than family, and you sound like you're having a difficult time. May God bless you both.
Post Number: 1199
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 09:11 pm: ||
Paul, both you and Rob are in my thoughts and prayers and I will raise a pint to you guys getting to brew together again soon.
Post Number: 675
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 02:26 am: ||
Paul and Rob we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers.
FWIW I was a Hospital CEO in my former life (several years ago prior to retirement) and I have run across that diagnosis (Guillain-Barre Syndrome which is quite rare)3 different times. All had favorable outcomes.
The last was a 73 year old man that I met last year, that guided me and a friend on a duck hunt and had recovered from "almost wheelchair bound" to "totally asymptomatic", five years ago.
I checked on him this past month (to arrange another duck hunt)and he was laid up with a broken leg from falling out of a tree stand while deer hunting.
So hang in there - Life still goes on!
You will brew with Rob again.
Post Number: 1956
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 - 01:13 pm: ||
Your prayers and beers must be working. Rob is holding steady at the moment and may even be improving a little. Things are looking good.
As Michael says, GBS is exceedingly rare. I only know about it because one of my wife's patients had it early in her career. His case was bad. He got weaker and weaker for 2 weeks until he could not breathe on his own. He spent 4 weeks on a vent, then 3 more weeks in the hospital, then 3 more weeks after that in rehab rebuilding wasted muscles. He was fine in the end. But it was a long, unpleasant, expensive journey.
Rob seems to have stopped getting weaker. I don't know if it's because he has a mild case, because he was diagnosed early and put on drug therapy, or because of the help and support he's received here. Or all 3. But if he's holding steady now, he may avoid a prolonged hospital stay.
Thank you all again. I can't tell you how much your support means to me.
Post Number: 134
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 - 08:25 pm: ||
Paul, my thoughts and prayers are with Rob. I hope he continues to get better. I can tell you one thing, he is lucky to have a good friend like you to be with him in this difficult time.
Post Number: 3490
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 - 09:26 pm: ||
Pints and prayers to you and Rob. You never know the outcome of any surgery. Had a friend go for his second hip replacement several years ago. Came through the surgery fine but then had a stroke and never recovered. But I've got another friend that's been through GBS and has been fine now for years.
Here's hoping for the latter for Rob.
Post Number: 416
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 - 10:19 pm: ||
Prayers and beer, what a combination. Cheers to Rob........