Late last week, Sue’s father was taken to the hospital by Sue’s mother in the wee hours of the morning in severe pain. He was having severe abdominal pains.
The hospital ran a series of test. The blood panel reveal the cause as acute pancreatitis. The condition, in itself, is typically highly treatable with fluids and pain medication. It will normally run its course in a week or so. However, there are secondary issue that sometimes arise as is the case with Sue’s dad.Yesterday morning, Sue called me from New York where she is on business for a couple days. She told me her father went into respiratory distress. She was on the first plane out to Pittsburg.
Meanwhile, Sue’s dad was taken directly from the hospital floor into ICU. They hit him with a heavy dose of propofol, intibated him, and placed him on a respirator.
My instincts told me he had acquired pneumonia, and it turns out this was correct. Follow-up research indicates this as a secondary issue. Not common, but not unheard of either. Being in a hospital setting doesn’t help minimize this either.
We should learn more today on how he is recovering. Still, it looks like an extended hospital stay unclear the infection clears. If you would like to send a card, it can be mailed to: Jamison Hospital, 1211 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, PA 16105. Telephone: (724) 658-9001.
Update 10:15AM: Sorry. His name is Al Burick.