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Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:24 PM

My brother is in ICU

No, it's not Covid. He has some weird kind of encephalitis and the doctors can't figure out what is going on with him. He was admitted 2 days ago after a "subacute syndrome" of progressive short term memory loss, abnormally increased appetite, and some other weird symptoms including what his S/O referred to as "spells". He was found to have nonconvulsive seizure activity that got worse overnight and didn't respond to anticonvulsants. He was transferred to ICU and intubated to protect his airway because of the medication he required. Spinal tap didn't reveal an acute cause and a whole body CT didn't show any tumors. Doctors are stumped at this point. My other brother, an MD, is on his way. We are not confident of the possible outcome. This brother is the middle of the three of us.

Good thoughts, prayers to whatever gods you may worship, etc. would be appreciated.

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Jilly_in_VA Oct 2021 OP
alwaysinasnit Oct 2021 #1
bluestarone Oct 2021 #2
hlthe2b Oct 2021 #3
Jilly_in_VA Oct 2021 #5
LisaM Oct 2021 #6
hlthe2b Oct 2021 #9
CountAllVotes Oct 2021 #16
sheshe2 Oct 2021 #4
niyad Oct 2021 #7
SheltieLover Oct 2021 #8
Heartstrings Oct 2021 #10
Yonnie3 Oct 2021 #11
BittyJenkins Oct 2021 #12
Jilly_in_VA Oct 2021 #13
I_UndergroundPanther Oct 2021 #29
Ruby the Liberal Oct 2021 #14
MaryMagdaline Oct 2021 #15
irisblue Oct 2021 #17
irisblue Oct 2021 #18
KatK Oct 2021 #19
Greybnk48 Oct 2021 #20
Dark n Stormy Knight Oct 2021 #44
uberblonde Oct 2021 #49
Hekate Oct 2021 #21
momta Oct 2021 #22
malaise Oct 2021 #23
sinkingfeeling Oct 2021 #24
LoisB Oct 2021 #25
Percy Oct 2021 #26
bluecollar2 Oct 2021 #27
gademocrat7 Oct 2021 #28
greatauntoftriplets Oct 2021 #30
I_UndergroundPanther Oct 2021 #31
thinkingagain Oct 2021 #32
oldtime dfl_er Oct 2021 #33
PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2021 #34
Hamlette Oct 2021 #35
marble falls Oct 2021 #36
appalachiablue Oct 2021 #37
femmedem Oct 2021 #38
MLAA Oct 2021 #39
LetMyPeopleVote Oct 2021 #40
MustLoveBeagles Oct 2021 #41
KT2000 Oct 2021 #42
calimary Oct 2021 #43
Mad_Dem_X Oct 2021 #45
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KY_EnviroGuy Oct 2021 #47
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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:26 PM

1. ...

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:29 PM

2. praying for good news

Hope he gets better.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:30 PM

3. Is he from VA as well? He has my very best wishes and you are all in my thoughts.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:37 PM

5. He's in California

and is at Stanford hospital.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:40 PM

6. I'm glad he's at a good hospital.

I hope your MD brother can help, too.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:44 PM

9. Yes. Ditto on Stanford. He should be in good hands.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:08 PM

16. If Stanford can't fix him

No one can.

You've got him at the BEST hospital in the state of California.

I know, I used to work for UCSF!

I hope he recovers fully soon!



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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:32 PM

4. Oh, Jilly.

Sending healing vibes.

Love to you and yours.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:40 PM

7. (((((((((((((Jilly))))))))))))) sending vibes for healing and strength and endurance for

all of you. May the doctors discover the answers quickly.

Your DU family is here for you.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:40 PM

8. Healing vibes on the way! 💗💗💗



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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:47 PM

10. Healing vibes sent......nt

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:47 PM

11. Oh Damn

I hope a diagnoses is coming so that he may be successfully be treated.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 06:57 PM

12. My mom had the same symptoms

I took her to the Er. The doctor told me she was old and senile and asked I needed therapy.
I begged him to do a cat scan and he did. It turned out she had a colloid cyst in her ventricles.
They removed the cyst and put tubes in to help drain spinal fluid,
They said she would have died in a day if they hadnít done surgery.
I hope your brother can help.
Nothing but good thoughts for all of you.

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Response to BittyJenkins (Reply #12)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:01 PM

13. Having a dr. in the family

is a definite help. I'm a nurse but neuro is definitely not my thing: I'm a cardiology kind of girl. There's a saying in medicine, "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras." This seems to be a zebra kind of deal, but this brother is a zebra himself....he has situs inversus, meaning his insides are reversed....so I'm not surprised. As my daughter said, "When your insides are in a parallel universe..."

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Reply #13)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:31 PM

29. My heart

Tilts way to the left side of my chest.

Guess Im a born to be a liberal.😄

All kidding aside my heart is situated to the left.pretty far to the left too.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:01 PM

14. I am so sorry to hear this

Best wishes for a quick prognosis.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:08 PM

15. Speedy recovery for your brother

ICU is no fun.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:17 PM

17. Wishing the best for him, his SO & your whole family

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:17 PM

19. Visualizing rapid and complete recovery for your beloved brother n/t

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:19 PM

20. Did they check for tick borne illness or weird parasites?

Don't rule anything out.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 06:11 AM

44. +1

Worth consideration.

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Response to Greybnk48 (Reply #20)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 03:09 PM

49. My first thought.

Sounds a lot like Lyme and other coinfections.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:22 PM

21. All the best, and good thoughts, Jilly



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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:30 PM

22. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Please let us know how it's going. Take care.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:30 PM

23. Hope he gets well soon

Does he work with horses?

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:34 PM

24. Good thoughts to you.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:44 PM

25. Healing thoughts for your brother. May The Universe guide the doctors in finding the problem and

fixing it.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:47 PM

26. What you describe sunds very similar to what someone I know experienced ...

which was Lyme encephalitis from longstanding undiagnosed Lyme disease.

Hope you find the answers soon.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 07:54 PM

27. Best vibes your way...n/t

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:29 PM

28. Sending prayers for your brother.

And for you and your family. Take care.💙

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:31 PM

30. Sending good vibes your way.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:33 PM

31. May your brother get diagnosed

And be on the the mend quickly.

Vibes coming your way.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:38 PM

32. Prayers for you and family and for the drs

To be guide in the direction of healing.
Family is important at times like this regardless if in the same room or over the phone so itís good it sounds like you are.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:40 PM

33. Best wishes

and huge hopes for a full recovery. Middle kids rock.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 08:59 PM

34. I will hope for the best for your brother.

My own 78 year old older brother has been in an ongoing health crisis for nearly two months now. In and out of hospitals. A week ago today he was supposed to have surgery, but it was cancelled when he came down with a (to quote my sister-in-law) "raging infection". He's back home now, getting intravenous antibiotics.

In his case his mental state is normal, and he's in very good spirits. Still, he's not young, and the rest of us in the family are very concerned. Scans have shown two masses on one kidney, and a different kind of mass on the nearby adrenal gland. The doctors aren't very sure what's going on, but they've told him they are very concerned it might be cancer.

I think one lesson to be learned if only from your brother and mine, that there's a lot that's still unknown out there.

I'm one of six kids, all senior citizens now. My older sister died in 2017, and a younger brother last December. It's weird, because there were so many of us and for so long.





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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 09:05 PM

35. good luck to all of you

let us know what happens. I'm curious about what it is.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 09:11 PM

36. Thinking about you all.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 09:18 PM

37. Best wishes for all and excellent care & steady

recovery for your brother. Pls. let us know how it goes. (((hugs)))



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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 09:29 PM

38. Hoping for the very best outcome, Jilly.

As others have pointed out, he's in a great hospital and your brother will be a great advocate for him.

I hope you are able to get some rest tonight and that things look better in the morning.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sat Oct 30, 2021, 09:35 PM

39. Sending you the best thoughts I can muster ❤️

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 12:12 AM

40. Your brother will be in my prayers

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 01:21 AM

41. Sending healing vibes

I hope they figure out what's going on and that he gets better soon.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 02:28 AM

42. Sending good wishes

and lots of hope to you and your brother.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 04:07 AM

43. You bet, Jilly_in_VA!



Sending lots of healing thoughts.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 09:57 AM

45. Wishing him the best. Sending good vibes.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 12:15 PM

46. Best wishes to him! n/t

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 12:30 PM

47. Big DU virtual hugs and love out to you and your bro, Jilly.

Hoping for a positive outcome and speedy recovery.

Please keep us posted on his progress when you can.

KY....... .......

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Sun Oct 31, 2021, 02:08 PM

48. Oh no! Hugs and prayers for your brother...

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Mon Nov 1, 2021, 02:56 AM

50. My he make it through in good condition. )))healing vibes(((

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