Help Rory and His Family

On Sunday July 28th Rory began having flu like symptoms. He was brought to ER Tuesday morning. By Tuesday night he was in ICU and was able to talk with difficulty. They ran many tests but had to wait for cultures to come back. On Wednesday was able to look around, but could not answer. That afternoon he was put on a Ventilator because he could no longer breathe on his own. Wednesday night was very difficult for Rory. He had Atrial Fibrillation for 6 hours before they got it under control. His vitals fluctuated all day. He was and still is completely non-responsive.

It has been confirmed that he contracted West Nile Virus causing meningoencephalitis (Doctors said it is the worst that they haver ever seen). He is currently in a deep coma fighting for his life.

Friend, brother, father of two, and grandfather of soon to be four. Many of his friends and family have traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to be near him and wait for him to wake up.

We are all praying and hoping that we wakes up soon and gets to see all the love and support he has waiting for him.

Post date: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:25pm

Rory has had a good week. He is off of all of his antibiotics for the time being. He has a low grade fever but with no other symptoms. Several blood tests and cultures have been done. The respiratory culture may have something growing so we are waiting for those results. He may end up back on another antibiotic.

Post date: Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:09pm

They had just finished up doing a chest X-ray on Rory as I walked into his room today. The nurse and CNA stayed in the room to change his gown and reposition him. At the same time I asked the nurse routine questions regarding Rory's current temperature, heart rate, medicines, etc. While we were talking I kept hearing these odd noises. Something I have never heard before. It took me a minute to realize it was coming from Rory's throat. The nurse has never worked with Rory before so he didn't know that the noise was not normal.

Post date: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:25pm

I walked into Rory's room at Kindred Hospital yesterday and woke him up. The TV was off and the room was so quiet. You can hardly even hear the respiratory ventilator. Unlike at another hospital where it sounded like a vacuum cleaner. As soon as I said Rory's name I watched as his eyes came to focus on me. I talked to him about everyday stuff and also about how all four grand kids are staying at the house and then I watched as tears rolled down his cheek. I had to turn away from him so he wouldn't see me cry.

Post date: Sun, 04/06/2014 - 4:22pm

Dani, Celena and I walked into Rory's room to find him watching Golf on TV. The TV looks similar to a computer monitor with an adjustable arm extended from the wall. It's perfect for him when laying on his side. Rory's air mattress is way softer at Kindred than it was at Seattle Medical. Hopefully this will finally heal the bedsore wound on his tailbone that he has struggled with for many months. Rory's blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature have all been very stable since he arrived at Kindred 5 days ago.