Monday, June 15, 2009

What's going on with Ken?

2 months ago Ken started having some weird pains that were causing us come worry. He'd have chest pains, shortness of breath and his left arm was causing him alot of discomfort. After much nagging on my part, he finally went to see a Dr. The Dr. ran many tests and ruled out a heart condition, but he was still concerned because during the tests, his Dr noticed that his left arm and lef were noticably weeker than his right. Ken was prescribed medication that would see if the pain he was feeling was resulting from a pinched nerve.

This last Friday (3 days ago) we were at the movies and both of his feet and his left arm fell asleep. He was having pain shoot up his left leg and his arm was bothering him. He sent a text to the Dr and was told to continue taking the medication and then was instructed to go to Emergency Room if his symptoms got worse. Saturday the sympotons got worse. He could hardly get out of bed. When was walked his left leg dragged behind him and his vision was blurry/double. He also had slurred speech. The idea of a stroke entered our mind more than once, but we also knew that the Dr was testing him for MS or a Brain Tumor. When Ken got out ot the car his left was so weak he couldn't lift it to get in the car. I actually had to lift it for him so he could get in.

When we got to the ER, the Dr did some strength tests and I was shocoked to see how weak his left side was. Along with the symptoms I stated previous, he was also experiencing pain in his eyes and behind is his eyes in his head. In the last 2 months he's put on nearly 25 pounds. When you touch his left foot it was causing pain to his ankle. It seems I'm m issing a sympton or 2, but I just don't remember right now. ANYWAY,

After the resources at our local hospital were exhausted Ken was transfered to a bigger hospital an hour away and admitted. Here they ordered an MRI and got him an appt. with a Nurologist. We figured they were going to let us know if he has MS or a Brain Tumor because everything else was ruled out. Scary, I know.

Saturday night they gave Ken medication for pain and ihe had a serious reaction to it. He turned completely red and his chest had so much pain they wondered if it was causing a heart attack. That night during the attack they took heart enzymes and then gave him another CT Scan. His heart and CT turned out good and they added dilauded to his medication allergy list.

Sunday they took him in for his MRI and they scanned his brain and spine for 3 HOURS. We waited all day for the results and then they said he's find out in the morning.

This morning the Nurologist came in and told him that his MRI came out all good. He said he can't explain why he's been having all this pain but we shold look at it as a good thing that there were no obvious tumors or MS. Ken has been referred as an outpatient to another Nurologist. (I'm not sure what he can do that this one hasn't, but that is why I'm not a doctor.) it stands right now, we don't know what it wrong with him. We DO know that he does not have a tumor. Truthfully, that was my biggest concern.

When we finally do figure out was is wrong, I'll let you all know. Since we have dragged you along to worry with us, I want to thank all of your for your prayers, phone calls, and concern. Until then, please just keep him in your prayers!



  1. I'm sorry for all you're going through! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Ken. Take care!

  2. Wow! I'm sorry you guys. We will keep you in our prayers.

  3. Dedra! Wow! Please know we are thinking about you guys and praying for the best outcome. You are one strong lady!

  4. your family is in my prayers. I hope they can find out what is causing Ken's pain - that has to be so frustrating seeing all those specialists and not getting an answer of what is causing it. again, you will be in my prayers.

  5. Prayers and virtual hugs and brownies coming your way.

  6. I hope all is well... we'll pray for you.

  7. Dedra, I've been meaning to comment and let you know that we love you. We're praying for you and following this as it develops. I can't imagine how scary this must be for you guys. Just know that you've got a BUNCH of people who love and car about you. Please let us know what we can do to help.