A quick note to let you know what is going on. Again I thank each and every one of you for the love, support and prayers on our behalf. We are going to have a family fast on Sun. the 14th and invite all who would like to join us. We know that the power of prayer and fasting is incredible. The Lord has blessed us beyond our ability to comprehend it just a few weeks ago. And now he is doing the same. '
Doug was started on some strong antibiotics for ear infections and Mastoiditis, (Mastoiditis is an infection of the temporal bone of the skull that is behind the ear which contains open, air-containing spaces. It is usually caused by untreated acute otitis media (middle ear infection) Becky looked this up for all us commoners!! ) and for the possibility of the small lesion found on MRI being an infection too. The Doctors are unclear whether this is a new infection, or if the abcessed tooth seeded some bacteria up into the brain and it is causing problems.
We are still unclear as to the cause of his memory loss, and confusion. But after 24 hours on antibiotics he is doing much better. His mind is clearer. Some of his motor skills are still a little slow. But whenever there is such an insult to the brain, it can take a alot of time for it to resolve itself. Sometimes it never does. Early in the day Doug is pretty clear, but as the day goes on, as he gets tired, his thought processes become more foggy. Even to the point of not remembering his own birthday when he is very tired.
Tonight for the first time he was able to use the nurse call light, the TV control, and answer the phone. The Dr.'s want to keep him hospitalized until Tues., and observe him. They do not want to take the chance on another relapse. Then send him home on IV antibiotics. We will pray for things to go as they plan.
Will update you more tomorrow.