Kinney's Sick Again
Kinney will be out again for a little while. He is in the hospital again and has been since Sunday evening.
He has been getting pneumonia on and off for the past 2 or 3 months. I have been out of town for a month trying to take a class at A.C.U. He came to Abilene for the 4th and to get the boys and I to bring us back home. The day we were to leave I touched his arm and he was burning with fever.
We took him back to his parents house. He took a nap and some fever medicine and woke of without a fever and said he was fine. He assured us that he would be alright to drive his car back to Rocksprings and that he could preach Sunday. He had an unproductive cough the entire night. It worried me so much that I woke him up to put pillows to elevate him so he could breathe better. He wanted to wait until Monday or Tuesday to go to the doctor.
The next day he preached and seemed really weak. He asked someone to sub for him for the evening service. After lunch, he went to bed and slept all afternoon. He woke a couple of times and went to sleep again. He woke up again after my 2 littlest ones were asleep and was stumbling and lethargic. He had a fever and began talking like he ws out of his mind. I dressed him and packed, called my friend in Kerrville to meet us to take my kids. I managed to load him and the kids in the car (we still have a wheelchair).
He mumbled nonsense the entire way. My great friends had things set up so that he could go directly to the E.R. with wheelchair waiting. He was admitted. He had a high fever and a higher pulse. The chest x-ray confirmed a bad case of pneumonia. We spent the entire night in the E.R.
At 8 the next morning, he was taken to I.C.U. He slowly drifted back from la-la land. He has had several migraines and they thought that he might be relapsing with his Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but luckily that isn't the case. He is in a regular room now. We think the reason he is having a hard time getting over pneumonia is because of his weakness in his trunk from the GBS, but we also have another problem.
He has lost 25% of his blood volume and is severely anemic. He is having a colonoscopy and EGD tomorrow. The doctor says that he thinks it's probably a bleeding ulcer and/or a tear in his colon. Pray that that's all it is. Pray that it's not the c-word. They didn't even mention the possibility. I think to spare our feelings since it's not likely in someone of his age.
Anyway, that's the latest. Please pray.
Thanks, Mrs. Preacherman