Let me start out by saying thank you so much for your prayers. To say the least this has been a crazy couple of weeks. Patrick is doing much MUCH better, and if things go as planned (knock on wood), we will get discharged tomorrow. It looks like his leak was repaired by the lumbar drain alone. Patrick has really been through it. One of his many doctors came in this morning during rounds, and she cut up with us for a while. After cracking a few jokes, she said with all seriousness "You are one lucky man. We almost lost you Tuesday night." One of his doctors in the critical care unit said that he had never seen anybody so close to death turn around so quickly. There is still some debate on the spinal fluid leak, but most of the doctors think that Patrick's meningitis was so bad and his brain swelling was so much that it tore a hole in the dura (the exterior lining of the brain) allowing the fluid to leak out. All the doctors agree that he was so lucky that he went to the ER when he did and that he was in here. I know without a doubt that if he had been in Columbia, Patrick would have died. Because of all of his treatment (three surgeries, radiation, and chemo), he is a very unique case. They have countless pages of medical records here, and were right on top of it. As soon as we get our walking papers, I'll be online getting a plane ticket. Our 6 year wedding anniversary is this Saturday, and I told Patrick the perfect gift will be him better and us on a plane home! This time 6 years ago I was picking out flowers and making final adjustments to my wedding gown. Who would have ever thought that just a few years later this is where our path would lead. It really makes you appreciate the big and the little things.
Again thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. It has helped us make it through. We look forward to being back.